2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class, 2012 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Next year Mercedes-Benz will launch a redesigned GLK-Class
, and soon after its arrival we may see it spawn a sleeker and sportier coupe crossover. BMW’s X6, spawned from the X5, was the first vehicle to combine the sleek styling of a coupe with the taller ride height and extra capability of an SUV. Now there is a race between Germany’s major luxury brands to launch a handful of these coupe crossovers.
BMW will soon have an X4
to join its X6, and Audi is working on a new Q6
as well as smaller Q2 and Q4 models
. Mercedes, too, is deep in the development of a new ‘MLC’ based on its M-Class
and now Car and Driver
is reporting that a smaller ‘GLC’ based on the redesigned GLK is under consideration.
If given the green light, the vehicle could be launched on the market in late 2016, as a 2017 model, according to the report.
As the GLC would be based on the redesigned GLK, which in turn is based on the new 2015 C-Class
, it would likely be offered with a similar choice of four- and six-cylinder powertrains offered in Mercedes’ latest small sedan.
Note, Mercedes is also thought to be planning a coupe crossover version of its full-size GL-Class. This model was also tipped to be called a GLC
, so perhaps some lines were crossed; at this point, a smaller GLK-based coupe crossover makes more sense than a larger ultra-luxurious version based on the GL.
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