The sport utility vehicles of Mercedes-Benz continue to evolve. A portion of their vehicle program that was once defined by the incredibly large and luxurious G-Wagen and its smaller M-Class brethren is now home to a much greater choice of vehicles. These new crossovers forego the truck-chassis and off-road capabilities of the past, instead opting for sleek, versatile vehicles meant for the urban and suburban environments.
The GLC Coupe Concept
The BMW X4 was a unique offering on debut last year, a stylish compact luxury crossover with more in common with a coupe or sport sedan than with other crossovers. It may have taken Mercedes-Benz a year longer to bring their answer to market, but the GLC Coupe Concept shows that the year was well-spent.
The GLC class itself is the reinvention of the GLK class, to bring the crossover category’s naming conventions into line with their sedan counterparts. The GLA, for example, run analogous to the A-Class cars, meaning the GLC will be the equivalent of the award-winning C-Class.
Sleek and Stylish
The first thing any observer will notice about the GLC is that the body itself bears little resemblance to the classic crossover. From the wheel flares to the roofline, the Coupe bares more than a slight resemblance to the shooting brake editions of some of the Mercedes-Benz sedans. It is curvy and sleek, tapering towards the back.
Of course, below the wheel flares, it is classic crossover, with stout sides, a step bar, and great clearance. It is from the front that the GLC is particularly impressive – the fascia manages to be intimidating yet refined at the same time. It provides the vehicle with the masculine, upright look that has featured on many of the classic SUVs, but without being outsized.
Under the Hood of the GLC Coupe
It is anticipated that the GLC Coupe will receive the same mechanical systems as the C-Class and the GLC. This means a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 241 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. A step up in power will come from the 3.0-liter Bi-Turbo V6 that currently puts out 329 horsepower underneath the hood of the C-Class.
The highly-efficient 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifting should continue to be part of the Mercedes lineup, and will be the only transmission offered in the Coupe. All models will come with the 4MATIC® all-wheel drive system as standard equipment, along with anti-lock brakes.
The Future of the GLC Coupe
While the recent unveiling of the Coupe at the Shanghai Motor Show is likely not the final version, it was billed as a close-to-production concept. This means that there will be few, if any changes, to the models that hit the showroom floors in 2016. The regular GLC crossovers are set to debut in the fall of 2015, and these models should be a great indicator of what will or will not make it onto the final GLC Coupe. One thing is for sure, the upcoming GLC Coupe will be a revolutionary new vehicle for the Mercedes-Benz line up.
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