Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupe Comes To China Ready To Fight BMW’s X4

by Heather Platt | Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015

There’s little denying that small crossovers are hot right now. Not only are automakers scrambling to exploit the popularity of the market, they’re doing so by offering unique twists on the traditional two-box body style – enter the coupe-like four-door CUV. BMW, for example, has the X4, and now, Mercedes-Benz is bringing a challenger of its own.

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC

While it wears the concept name, the new GLC Coupe clearly foreshadows a production model that’ll duke it out with the aforementioned BMW. If the vehicle shown above is any indication, when that fight happens, Mercedes will enter it with design on its side. The sheetmetal is muscular, with strong lines on the profile and the hood, while major themes in the front, back and sides are reminiscent of higher-end Silver Arrows. While we doubt the production GLC Coupe will be much of a trail bomber, fore and aft scuff plating is there to give the impression it can handle itself off road. Also, we feel obligated to give Mercedes bonus design points for the diagonally stacked quad exhausts at the back.

It’s worth noting that the Concept GLC Coupe’s styling previews not one but two production vehicles, as it’s logical to assume the design language featured here will have a strong influence on the next GLC (the crossover formerly known as the GLK).

Not only will the GLC Coupe have aesthetics on its side, at 15.5-feet long and riding on a 111.4-inch wheelbase, it’s larger than its rival from Munich, too, although only just. The X4 is two inches shorter overall and has an extra 0.8 inches between the axles. The Benz is wider, too, at 78.7 inches, compared to 74.1.

Lending credence to the Concept GLC Coupe’s production status, Mercedes released a pretty substantial array of technical details on its new four-door, coupe-crossover. With a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 punching out 367 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque, we’re betting this would be the AMG Sport variant, rather than your everyday GLC. 4Matic all-wheel drive is a must-have in this segment, and it’s present here, while a nine-speed automatic transmission is responsible for distributing power.

The Concept GLC Coupe will be shown this week at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Check back then for more.

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