Mercedes-Benz’s BMW X4 fighter has been rendered ahead of next year’s market launch.

Mercedes-Benz’s BMW X4 fighter has been rendered ahead of next year’s market launch.

By showing a near-production GLC Coupe concept earlier this year at Auto Shanghai, the Daimler-owned marque expressed its intentions of joining the crossover coupe bandwagon with a model that will have to face the more established X4 from Bavaria. There won’t be any surprises in terms of design as the car will look pretty much like this render, with the front half virtually carried over from the regular GLC while the rear half will adopt a more inclined roofline to enable a sleeker profile.

However, there are going to be some downsides as for the sake of added style the crossover will have a smaller trunk and less headroom for those sitting in the back. That’s probably not very important for someone who is in the market for such a niche model as the GLC Coupe will be tailored to those on the look for the latest posh car with a premium badge and a price to match its status.

It will ride on the same MRA platform that has underpinned the regular GLC and the latest C-Class, so it will get the same array of engines, all the way up to the twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter in the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe which probably won’t be launched right away.

Expect to see the first ever GLC Coupe to show its production face at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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