Mercedes GLK coupé (2016) CAR scoop

Published: 21 January 2013

Mercedes plan to muscle in on the midsize-SUV party by introducing a coupé version of the next-generation GLK. That’s the boxy BMW X3 and Audi Q5 rival that’s not currently sold in the UK, because it’s not available in right-hand drive. 

Known in-house as the GLC (and not to be confused with Ken Livingstone’s 1980s hangout, the Greater London Council), it’s expected in 2016. The second generation GLK will will abandon its bluff looks for a much sleeker and stylish body, more appropriate for spawning a three-door coupe version.   

The GLC will be one of the first models derived from a new, rear-wheel drive Mercedes platform, dubbed MRA.

What engines the GLC run?

Mercedes is planning numerous engines for the GLC, which will also be aimed at Porsche’s small SUV, the 2014 Macan. Expect 2.0 or 2.2-litre petrol and diesels to make up the bulk of sales. An AMG GLC is also under consideration, and this hotshoe version could adopt a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, with 462bhp.

Mercedes 4Matic drive will be fitted as standard on the higher level GLCs, and available as an option for the lesser variants. Expect prices to start from £29,000.