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Mercedes-Benz shows off GLC Coupé Concept

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé Concept Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé Concept
Adam Schoeman

Mercedes-Benz has chosen the Shanghai Motor Show to show off the latest addition to its SUV family, the GLC Coupé.

Due to follow the GLC SUV, which is meant to do battle with BMW’s X3 and Audi’s Q5, the GLC Coupé is a mid-sized SUV with some additional styling flurries. And while it might have a set of Ferrari-like stacked exhausts, and is still being touted as a concept, the GLC Coupé certainly looks very production ready.

This makes sense, as BMW has been reaping the success of being the only German manufacturer to have a faux coupé version of its midsize SUV in the market, under the X4 moniker.

Just like the X4, the GLC Coupé is a lower and more aggressive take on the GLC, and even though it will still have rear doors, the body has been sculpted to emphasis the front entrance. This is meant to give the GLC Coupé the look of a two-door coupé, but without the associated impracticality.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé Concept

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé Concept

Generally, the GLC Coupé is quite close to what Mercedes-Benz is currently offering in styling terms, apparent in the soft-nose front and grille, and an elongated rear reminiscent of the S-Class Coupé. It makes sense then that Mercedes-Benz is using this car as a showpiece in order to introduce customers to what the future of its SUV range will look like.

Powering the GLC Coupé will be an array of petrol and diesel engines, including a twin-turbocharged 3,0-litre V6 that producing 270 kW of power, and 520 Nm of torque. The V6 will be linked to Mercedes-Benz’s new nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

The car will also be built on the same modular, high-strength steel platform as the C-Class, meaning that it will likely be offered with rear air springs.

The GLC Coupé will increase the Mercedes-Benz SUV line-up to seven models, including the GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and G-Class.

Mercedes-Benz is hoping to start production of the GLC Coupé in 2016.

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