Mercedes-Benz is building an army to do battle with BMW’s ‘X’ division, and it all started with the GLE Coupe.
The brand’s latest champion is called the Concept GLC Coupe, a “near-production-standard study” that closely previews an upcomingt road-going version.
Like the larger GLE, the GLC flaunts coupe-ish SUV styling in a more compact package, highlighted by its twin-blade radiator grille, 21-inch wheels, striking LED headlamps, and distinct four-pipe exhaust system.
The vehicle is based on the upcoming GLC-Class, which will replace the GLK moniker to strengthen ties with the C-Class. The regular, non-coupe GLC is rumored to debut in June.
“With its modern and sensual design idiom, the Concept GLC Coupe gives a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz,” said Gorden Wagener, the Head of Design at Daimler AG. “At the same time, it embraces the typical values of tradition-steeped Mercedes-Benz coupes.”
Under its ‘powerdome’ hood, the Concept equips a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 sourced from AMG Sport that produces 367 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Though Mercedes didn’t mention it in its press release, a full-fledged AMG version is expected to show up down the road with a 4.0-liter biturbo V8. The GLC’s engine is mated to a ‘9G-TRONIC’ nine-speed auto and also features 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
The Shanghai Auto Show runs from April 22nd to the 29th, with press days commencing April 20th.