Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz is looking dead serious in its quest to end the reign of BMW over the worldwide premium segment and as such is delivering anti-Bavarian weapons across all segments and niches.
The latest one to appear on the radar of spy photographers is the GLC Coupe – the model that is intended as a direct competitor to the BMW X4 SAV – which has been briefly caught on camera while in motion and undergoing road testing on the public streets of Germany. Mercedes is ready to be the tortoise in the hare/tortoise fable and is delivering the second answer to the BMW players in the highly controversial crossover coupe niche which, for some reason, has shaped up to be a successful one. We’re looking here at a production-ready level prototype which has decided to save some bucks and only sport camouflage on the rear half – which is anyways the one different from the standard GLC compact SUV. With a coupe-like roofline the GLC coupe will forego some of the inherent practicality of a regular SUV and come with less head/knee room in the back as well as a smaller trunk.
Other than that, the GLC Coupe will be a regular GLC in disguise, riding on the MRA architecture that is also underpinning the C Class and fetching the same array of four- and six-cylinder powertrains. We’ve also found out there’s an eco-conscious plug-in hybrid variant undergoing the development procedure and the GLC and GLC Coupe will also get the full AMG lore – with a flagship grade twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter.