Mercedes’ belated answer to the BMW X4 is just about ready for the battle as several near-production GLC Coupe prototypes were spotted almost undisguised.

Mercedes’ belated answer to the BMW X4 is just about ready for the battle as several near-production GLC Coupe prototypes were spotted almost undisguised.

Looking at these images, it’s easy to notice the front half of the car will be basically the same as the regular GLC, with the changes occurring after the B-pillars where the roofline is more inclined to mimic a coupe-like profile. While some are fans of this crossover coupe mashup, it’s important to mention there are a couple of disadvantages that come with the body style change. Rear headroom will not be as good as on the standard GLC and it's the same story with the trunk as the cargo capacity will shrink.

Overall, the crossover coupe design created by Mercedes seems to suit the GLC Coupe better compared to the larger GLE Coupe. The styling of these two models will be very similar, but the GLC’s smaller proportions appear to be more compatible with the rather controversial body style.

The GLC Coupe will ride on the same MRA platform as the regular GLC, so it will use virtually the same engines and gearboxes. Moreover, the interior cabin will be essentially carried over from the conventional compact crossover, so don’t hold your breath for something new.

Taking into account these prototypes have very little disguise, we expect an official reveal to occur in the coming weeks. Mercedes could decide to unveil the GLC Coupe later this month at the New York Auto Show or in late April during the Beijing Motor Show. At the event in China there’s going to be another crossover coupe premiere as Mazda will bring the CX-4.

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