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Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe concept headed to production

Aimed at the BMW X4, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe will likely arrive as a 2017 model.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the GLC Coupe concept that bowed a week ago at the Shanghai Motor Show has been given the green light for production. Positioned below the GLE Coupe, the crossover will be aimed squarely at the BMW X4.

The concept shown in Shanghai was essentially ready for production. The model that will hit the streets will feature smaller wheels, bigger door mirrors and less futuristic headlights, but the overall silhouette will make the jump from concept to production with only minor modifications.

Mechanically, the GLC Coupe will be offered with roughly the same engines as the upcoming GLC-Class (which will replace the GLK-Class) and the C-Class. At launch, buyers will be asked to choose between a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 241 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 329 horsepower. A mid-level AMG Sport model and a full-blown AMG-tuned model will join the lineup later in the production run.

Most GLC Coupes will come standard with Mercedes' weather-beating 4Matic all-wheel drive system. An automatic transmission will be the only unit available on our shores, but buyers in Europe will most likely have access to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The standard GLC will be introduced next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the first major event of the 2015-2016 auto show season. Mercedes has not revealed when the Coupe model will bow, but we expect to see it in the metal for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show that will open its doors in January. The crossover is scheduled to land in showrooms in about a year as a 2017 model.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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