Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Spy Photos Reveal Crossover's Sleek Roofline

Set to take on the BMW X4.

Now that we've seen the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class crossover, these spy photos give us an early look at its more style-focused sibling, the GLC Coupe. Building off the GLC Coupe concept revealed at the Shanghai auto show, the GLC Coupe will take on the BMW X4.

Like the standard Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, which replaces the GLK in the 'Benz crossover hierarchy, the GLC Coupe has a low hood, a rounded nose, and an enormous grille flanked by swept-back headlights. Compared to the GLC, however, its roof drops dramatically aft of the B-pillar, plunging toward the large rear windshield of the sloped liftgate. As on the larger Mercedes GLE Coupe, the GLE Coupe's rear is flattened and has wide taillights that recall the look of the S-Class Coupe.

Expect the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe to use the same powertrains as its non-coupe progenitor. In the U.S., the GLC-Class launches with a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, with both rear- and all-wheel-drive models available and a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard. A GLC250d diesel and a GLC350e plug-in hybrid are also on the way. Optional features will include safety gear like Distronic Plus adaptive cruise, as well as luxury features like adjustable air suspension and a Burmester sound system.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe will compete directly with the BMW X4, which is a more coupe-like version of the BMW X3. Look for it to debut early next year.

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