Mercedes GLC concept makes debut in Shanghai
After a lot of speculation about what the new GLC will be like, Mercedes recently displayed the Concept GLC Coupe at the motor show in Shanghai. The company claims that the car on display, although a concept version, is a 'near-production-standard study'; if this is the case then the GLC that arrives in the showrooms will be a powerful rival to the BMW X4, which is an extremely popular model.
The GLC will feature in the luxury car manufacturer's range below the new GLE, which is a competitor of the BMW X6. The car on display in Shanghai was a stunningly good-looking mix of SUV and coupe, resulting in a particularly sporty concept model. The lines of the car are well defined and sleek and it features sculptured bonnet 'powerdomes', big air intakes and 21-inch alloys. The concept body is likely to be the same size as the production version, which is lower than the BMW X4. It will also have more space lengthways inside due to the greater distance between the front and back wheels.
The engine of the concept car is a petrol V6 turbocharged 3.00-litre engine, which has been linked to the 9G-TRONIC automatic nine-speed gearbox. Other performance-enhancing features include the 4MATIC four-wheel drive system, LED headlights and four chunky-looking exhaust pipes.
This car is still at the concept stage and there is no information available about the release date or price; however, the X4 starting price is £37,000 and the production version of the GLC is therefore likely to cost less than £40,000.