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Mercedes Mulls New Coupe Crossover Based On Next GLK: Report

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class, 2012 New York Auto Show

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class, 2012 New York Auto Show

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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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