It looks like Mercedes-Benz are planning a coupe version of the next GLK – dubbed the Mercedes GLC – to take on the BMW X4.
Four-door coupe versions of saloon cars have become a strong seller in the last few years, and now swoopy coupe SUVs are following the same path after the success of the BMW X6.
Car & Driver are reporting Mercedes’ plans to build a coupe version of the next GLK – which will already be a lot less boxy than the current GLK – and expected to hit Mercedes showrooms by 2016.
Based on the new C-Class platform, the new GLC would come with a wide range of 4 and 6 cylinder engine options, and probably a hybrid version too, all mated to a nine-speed auto ‘box, but although the GLK will be offered with 2WD as well as 4WD it seems the higher-priced GLC will only get the Mercedes 4WD 4MATIC option.
It’s a logical extension of the Mercedes SUV/Crossover portfolio, and although it’s way behind the Range Rover Evoque – and even the new BMW X4 – it stands a good chance of mopping up sales from style-conscious buyers.