Following the successful launch of its GLK-replacing GLC, Mercedes-Benz is now about to add a sportier, coupe-like version of the small SUV.
The original BMW X6, spawned from the X5, was the first vehicle to combine the sleek look of a coupe with the taller ride height and extra capability of an SUV, and Mercedes recently jumped on the bandwagon with its own GLE Coupe derived from the GLE. Now it’s the GLC’s turn.
The vehicle, which will be called the GLC Coupe, was previewed in concept form at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The production version appears almost identical to the concept, though the styling has been toned down slightly.
Looking closely at the spy shots, we can see that the GLC Coupe will closely resemble the GLC on which it is based. Of course, the rear section is completely new.
Powertrain options should be shared with the GLC in most markets. Here in the United States the GLC is offered exclusively with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivering 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, though more options are set to come. For example, we’re expecting a GLC43 Coupe from Mercedes-AMG. This model is expected to receive Mercedes’ turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 delivering 362 hp and 384 lb-ft.
While the GLC is priced from about $40k, this GLC Coupe variant will have a premium. Expect pricing to start close to $45k, which is where BMW’s rival, the X4, starts.
A debut should take place soon, possibly as early as next week's 2016 New York Auto Show or the 2016 Beijing Auto Show in April.