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Video - Mercedes GLC Coupe spied on the road

Video - Mercedes GLC Coupe spied on the road

Snapshot: Mercedes is testing its BMW X4 rival set to launch in 2016.

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Several months ago we saw the first ever Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe testing and now it’s back in new footage from Germany where the Daimler-owned marque is putting the finishing touches on its brand new crossover set to compete directly with the BMW X4. It’s based on the new generation GLC (previously known as GLK) from where it virtually borrows the front half of the body. Things change once you move to the back as the GLC Coupe will have a more sloped roofline to create the illusion of a coupe, but it will still be a crossover with a jacked up suspension.

The more inclined roof means there is going to be less headroom available for the rear passengers and this body change will also have a negative impact on the trunk’s capacity. These two downsides will be for the sake of a more stylish appearance especially when viewed from the side although many people will say that this niche model doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Codenamed C253, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has already been previewed earlier this year by a concept, so there won’t be any design surprises once the model will come out in production guise. As for the interior, we don’t see it in the attached footage, but it will obviously be carried over from the regular GLC which itself sourced most of the cabin bits and pieces from the latest C-Class (W205).

If we were to believe sources close to the Daimler-owned marque, the GLC Coupe will be unveiled in June 2016 and will effectively go on sale in September which means that anxious early buyers will have to wait for their cars until the end of the year in Europe while U.S. customers will probably get the car at the beginning of 2017. It’s too early to say whether Mercedes-Benz India has plans on offering the model in our country taking into account BMW hasn’t said a word about bringing the X4.

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