The Mercedes GLC Coupe concept has been revealed at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, previewing a new model that’s likely appear soon to take on the BMW X4. It also drops a big hint to how the standard GLC will look when it’s launched in June.
The GLC Coupe gets a raised ride height, oversized grille and sloping roofline, and has a very similar rear end and boot spoiler to the larger GLE Coupe the brand revealed a couple of months ago. Mercedes says the show car is near-production-ready.
This latest coupe SUV sits on huge 21-inch wheels, and has a bluff front end with a very short overhang. The darkened door pillars emphasise the sleek lines, with the bulges in the bonnet and large air intakes hinting at the car’s sporty nature.
At just under 1.6 metres high, the GLC is slightly lower than the X4. However, the 2.83m wheelbase is 20mm longer, and is expected to translate into more interior space – especially for rear-seat passengers.
Finished in a vibrant yellow with matt grey inserts, this concept version of the GLC Coupe was impossible to miss. The LED headlamps house the daytime running lights and indicators, as well as high and low beams – complete with Mercedes’ automatic function that prevents dazzling by blanking LEDs from oncoming drivers.
Power comes from a V6 petrol engine with 362bhp and 520Nm of torque. That’s the same engine you’ll find in the new Mercedes C 450 AMG – although the SUV gets a new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission in place of the saloon’s seven-speed gearbox.
The GLC Coupe gets the 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system for improved traction and off-road ability, as well as quad tailpipes for a characterful exhaust note.
There’s no word yet on which engines might also make production, but if the conventional C-Class range is anything to go by, we can expect a line-up of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a fire-breathing V8 AMG GLC 63 version. The BMW X4 is only available with diesel power for the time being, although an X4M is said to be on the cards.
This GLC Coupe is still a concept, so there’s been no word on a potential starting price – and it’s hard to pinpoint anything more than a ballpark figure because the GLK that preceded the standard GLC was never sold in the UK. However, with the X4 starting at £36,895, you can expect the sleek coupe SUV to come in at less than £40,000, with a long list of equipment as standard.
Find out more about the star cars from the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show here…