Mercedes-Benz Reveals First Sketch of Concept GLC Coupe

Mercedes-Benz is poised to debut a new coupe-SUV at the forthcoming Auto China show in Shanghai later this month. Called the Concept GLC Coupe, the new concept previews a direct competitor for BMW’s X4.

The sketch, revealed by Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Berlin today, shows a vehicle with a rakish profile, similar to that of the recently revealed production GLE Coupe shown at the Detroit auto show this past January. The mid-size coupe-crossover concept will sit below the GLE Coupe in the GLC-class when it makes its expected debut next year.

“The Concept GLC Coupé is a near-production-standard study which transforms the successful GLE Coupé formula into a more compact segment,” says Mercedes-Benz. “The dynamically expressive show car combines typical coupé stylistic features with the sensual and pure design idiom of forthcoming Mercedes SUVs.”

Given the increasing popularity of coupe-SUV typology in emerging markets, Mercedes-Benz has been quick to roll out vehicles that fill the niche. Just as the GLE Coupe made its debut ahead of the standard GLE (M-Class replacement) model — currently on the Mercedes stand at the New York auto show — the GLC Coupe will also be shown before the redesigned GLC SUV. Has the coupe-SUV typology superceded the traditional SUV?

We’ll bring you more details on the Concept GLC Coupe once it makes its debut in China on April 20th.

Mercedes Concept GLC Coupe (2015)


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