Mercedes GLC Coupe - IAB Rendering

20/06/2015 - 12:39 | ,  ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

Launch in 2016.

Mercedes-Benz executives have reportedly confirmed that the recently-unveiled GLC SUV will be accompanied by the GLC Coupe in 2016, which will take the fight to the BMW X3 and X4 siblings.

2016 Mercedes GLC Coupe front three quarter IAB rendering
The Mercedes GLC Coupe will compete with the BMW X4 and the Range Rover Evoque in the global marketplace.

IAB's rendering artist, Shoeb R Kalania, has come up with a render of the production-spec GLC Coupe.

Previewed by the GLC Coupe Concept from the Auto Shanghai 2015, the Mercedes GLC Coupe will adopt a sloping roof-line that looks similar to the bigger GLE Coupe. Other possible design changes include a sportier front fascia, wider track for a sportier stance, and sleek LED taillamps. However, don't expect the stacked quad exhaust tips from the concept to make it into production.

The interior will largely remain identical to the Mercedes GLC, which is heavily dependent on the C-Class. Expect changes to be shared between the GLC Coupe and the upcoming C-Class Coupe, such as sportier seats, performance-themed interior colors and dashboard trim. Other standard features include COMAND infotainment system, ARTICO leather seat upholstery with contrast stitching, and a Head-Up display.

2016 Mercedes GLC front cabin unveiled press images
The interior will largely remain identical to the Mercedes GLC (pictured).

The GLC Coupe will offer the same engine lineup from the standard GLC. The latter is available with a range of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines, where an entry level GLC 220 d delivers 170 hp and 400 Nm of torque, a GLC 250 d outputs 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque, a GLC 250 petrol with 211 hp and 350 Nm peak torque, and a range-topping GLC 350 e plug-in hybrid delivering a total output of 327 hp (211+116 hp).

Also on the cards is a Mercedes GLC 450 AMG Sport powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine, and a perhaps range-topping Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 with a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8.

The only transmission option on the GLC is a 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox for the conventional models, and a 7G-TRONIC Plus for the hybrid variant. A 4MATIC AWD system will be offered, although expect Mercedes to increase the torque bias towards the rear for a more dynamic driving performance. It could also come equipped with the optional AIR BODY CONTROL, which is a full-support multi-chamber air suspension.

Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept rear three quarter left at Auto Shanghai 2015
Don't expect the quad stacked exhaust tips to make it into production.

While the GLC has been confirmed for the Indian market, it's unclear if the GLC Coupe will follow. If Mercedes India does consider bringing the GLC Coupe into the country, it will likely serve as a niche product for the company and rival the popular Range Rover Evoque and Porsche Macan.

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