It was back in April when we showed you the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupe debuting at Auto Shanghai in China and now it seems the Daimler-owned company has commenced testing to make sure everything will be ready in time for the production version due to go on sale in 2016. The new crossover will be Mercedes-Benz’s belated answer to the BMW X4 and as you can see from the attached footage, it will look pretty much like a downsized GLE Coupe.
The aforementioned concept was pretty much ready for production, so the changes will be limited to bigger side mirrors, less striking bumpers along with a regular exhaust setup unlike the concept which had a flashy stacked layout. As expected, most of the camouflage on this prototype was applied at the back where the sloped roofline and different rear end will be the two main design cues that will differentiate the GLC Coupe from the regular model.
As far as the underpinnings are concerned, it will ride on the same MRA platform as the GLC which means it will be available with several turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that also power the C-Class W205. A more interesting choice will be the plug-in hybrid version labeled “GLC Coupe 350e 4MATIC” which will mix up a 211 bhp gasoline engine with a 116 bhp electric motor. This will allow the frugal compact crossover coupe to travel up to 34 km on electric power while in hybrid mode it will run the 0-100 kmph sprint in a decent 5.9 seconds before topping out at 235 kmph.
While the first generation GLK never received the AMG treatment, the all-new GLC and its “coupe” sibling are both set to spawn a fully-fledged AMG version with a mighty V8 twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 will be the first to come out likely next year and will be followed shortly by the GLC 63 Coupe.
Until then, Mercedes-Benz will roll out this fall a mid-cycle refresh for the full-size GL which will be renamed GLS to better show its similarity in size with the flagship S-Class.