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Shanghai LIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe concept

Mercedes is taking on the BMW X4 with its latest GLC Coupe.

Mercedes-Benz is extending its SUV coupe lineup with its latest GLC Coupe concept at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. A production version of the GLC Coupe will eventually join the similarly-styled GLE Coupe in Mercedes showrooms.

Based on Mercedes' upcoming GLC SUV, which will replace the current GLK, the GLC Coupe adopts a sharply raked roofline that gives the utility vehicle a coupe-like silhouette. The GLC Coupe show car has also been toughen up with 21-inch wheels, a power dome hood and a stacked exhaust setup not unlike the units seen on Lexus' high-performance F range.

"With its modern and sensual design idiom, the Concept GLC Coupe gives a foretaste of future SUV models from Mercedes-Benz,” said Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "At the same time, it embraces the typical values of tradition-steeped Mercedes-Benz coupes.”

Riding on a 111.4-inch wheelbase, the GLC Coupe stretches 186.2 inches overall. That puts the GLC Coupe about on par with its intended rival, the BMW X4, but a significant 8-inches longer than the current GLK.

Powering that sleek body work is Mercedes' 3.0L bi-turbo V6, tuned to generate 367 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels via Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes hasn't officially announced when the GLC Coupe concept will make the jump to production, but the automaker says the show car is "near-production” ready. We'd wager that the GLC Coupe will go on sale by the end of next year, if not sooner.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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