It’s 2015 and the hottest segment right now is the crossover segment. Luxury crossovers, budget crossovers, you name it, it sells. It seems like every year, manufacturers are debuting new crossover models faster than you can say hotcakes.
With that being said, today, Mercedes-Benz pulled the wraps off its GLC Coupe concept – clearly the crossover to do battle with BMW’s X4 crossover.
While Mercedes-Benz doesn’t outright say the GLC Coupe concept is headed for production, they do say it’s a “near-production-standard study” that closely previews an upcoming road-going version.” Mercedes also says that sales of coupe-like crossovers have been a success for its rivals and a production Concept GLC Coupe was a logical extension of the Mercedes’s lineup of four-door coupes.
The GLC Coupe concept looks to retain the current Mercedes-Benz design language of muscular lines, aggressive front ends with large openings, aggressive splitters and lips, framed by a dual-row grille and tidy LED headlights.
The CLC Coupe is considerably smaller than the GLE Coupe recently unveiled, as demonstrated by its length of 186.2 inches (4.73 metres) and the 111.4 inch (2.83-metre) wheelbase. The GLC Coupe rides on 21-inch wheels for that wow factor.
Engine-wise, the GLC Coupe utilizes a twin-turbo, 3L V6 pumping out 367 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque, currently found in some AMGs in the Mercedes lineup. So it’s pretty safe to expect this to be the AMG engine as opposed to mere pedestrian GLCs. Expect 4Matic to come standard in this market. A nine-speed automatic transmission ties it all together for nice, punchy, muscle-bound crossover.