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Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept Aims at BMW X4

Mercedes-Benz is previewing a future crossover at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.

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

The GLC Coupe concept looks like it is close to being production ready. It measures 186.2 inches long with a 111.4-inch wheelbase and is being displayed with massive 21-inch wheels. Under the hood, Mercedes is showing off a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine with 367 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. But the major focus is on the GLC Coupe’s design and when this model heads to production it will have be competing directly with the BMW X4.

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The GLC Coupe has a muscular design with a hint that it will be off-road capable. While it’s expected to be toned down a bit for the production model, it serves as evidence to the direction Mercedes wants to go. The GLC will be replacing the GLK in the company’s lineup.

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