Mercedes-Benz intends to do well in the midsize-SUV segment by presenting a coupé version of the next-generation GLK. This is the rival to the boxy BMW X3 and Audi Q5 but since it’s not offered in a right-hand drive variant, it’s not available in the UK presently. It is known internally as the GLC and is slated to arrive in 2016.
Revisions for the second generation GLK include getting a body that’s sleeker and more stylish. This makes it more suitable for leading to a three-door coupe version.
The GLC will be one of the first models taken from a new, rear-wheel drive Mercedes platform, referred to as the MRA. The automaker has plans to offer multiple engines for the GLC, which is targeted at the 2014 Porsche Macan, its small SUV.
Most of the sales are likely to come from 2.0 or 2.2-litre petrol and diesels. The automaker is also considering an AMG GLC.
It’s possible that this hotshoe version will adopt a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, which delivers 462bhp. The higher level GLCs will feature Mercedes 4Matic drive as standard. However, it will be offered as an option for the lesser variants.