Car & Driver is reporting Mercedes-Benz will launch the GLC-Class in 2016 as a competitor for the upcoming BMW X4.

Car & Driver is reporting Mercedes-Benz will launch the GLC-Class in 2016 as a competitor for the upcoming BMW X4.

Just when you thought the Germans were done with crossovers and SUVs, C&D says Mercedes-Benz has another one in the pipeline. The vehicle is set to receive the GLC moniker and will be a coupe-ish version of the upcoming second-gen GLK. It will follow the same philosophy behind BMW's forthcoming X4 which is essentially a coupe-ified X3.

Both the GLK and GLC will ride on the same architecture which underpins the recently revealed C-Class (W205). Power will come from an array of four- and six-cylinder engines and there could also be a hybrid derivative. These engines will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission sending output to both axles, but a RWD version is being considered as well.

The same report indicates the GLC will be positioned more upmarket compared to the GLK so as a consequence the price tag will be higher and could start above 40,000 USD. The vehicle will likely be unveiled in the first quarter of 2016 and will go on sale before the end of that year as a 2017MY in United States.

Note: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK pictured

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Mercedes-Benz GLC coming in 2016 to rival BMW X4 - report