SHANGHAI, China — The four-passenger Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupe gives car shoppers a preview of a "near-production" compact SUV that takes aim at the BMW X4 SUV. The Concept GLC Coupe, which blends the attributes of a coupe and SUV, debuted at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.
"The Concept GLC Coupe gives a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz," said Gorden Wagener, head of design at parent Daimler AG, in a statement.
The prototype is 186.2 inches long and rides on a 111.4-inch wheelbase. It is shorter than the midsize 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV/coupe-like vehicle that is set to arrive at Mercedes-Benz dealerships in late summer. The GLE-Class is 192.9 inches long with a 114.8-inch wheelbase.
The new concept is defined by a rounded rear end, 21-inch wheels and tires, powerdomes on the hood and a four-pipe exhaust system. It also features front-and-rear underbody protection and side running boards.
The all-wheel-drive Concept GLC is equipped with a direction-injection biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 367 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
"The SUV world of Mercedes-Benz has room for further models, such as a production version of the Concept GLC Coupe," the automaker said in a statement. "The wide range of models allows customers the flexibility to order a tailor-made vehicle to suit their personal preferences."
Edmunds says: While Mercedes-Benz isn't spelling out a timetable for a production version of the GLC Coupe, car shoppers may see it in showrooms as early as next year.