Let’s be honest here, the concept of an SUV Coupe didn’t exist until the Bavarians decided to smoke something new and ended up created something extremely unique riding on the high. The BMW X6 was a surprise success and lead to the automaker announcing the X4 Coupe SUV that will hit the markets soon. That being said, just because BMW did it first, it does not mean they did it right. Well, that’s exactly what Mercedes-Benz is trying to prove here with the new GLC Coupe concept study that looks outright gorgeous; in a macho way of course.
Working on similar lines of the GLE Coupe concept (that competes against the X6), the new Mercedes GLC Coupe concept study previews the next generation GLK-Class and as the name is suggests is the “Coupe” version for the otherwise square-shaped SUV. Based on the new-generation C-Class, the new GLC Coupe is an inch shorter than the C-Class in length but is 6-inches wider than the sedan and is said to be close to production ready. The SUV with its bold and dominating front fascia is aesthetic while the sloping coupe roofline comes more naturally to the GLC than it does on the X4. The tail lights are reminiscent of the AMG GT which somehow just adds more meaning to the SUV.
Now we are no one to judge but the GLC Coupe is for those who want to make their first impression a lasting one. A one that’s intimidating but giving the aura of being flamboyant and playful at the same time. Otherwise how do you explain those swanky large 21-inch alloy wheels, accentuated wheel arches and a super strong shoulder line that rushes to the tail light. While we expect around 70 percent of the design details to be carried over to the production spec model, those quad exhausts will be excused for the more conventional twin units, save for the AMG variant.
In terms of power, the Mercedes GLC Coupe concept uses a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine from the C450 AMG that is tuned to produce 367 PS and 520 Nm of torque, paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox that sends all those horses to all four wheels via the 4MATIC (AWD) unit. Like in most cases, a diesel heart will also power the production-ready GLC Coupe shared with the GLK SUV while Mercedes could go a step further and plonk the thunderous twin-turbo V8 (that we love so much) from the C63 AMG on the new GLC Coupe. In either case, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has not revealed any performance figures as yet but did state that the Coupe will come with ’emphatic acceleration.’