The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has been speculatively rendered in production guise by RM Design.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has been speculatively rendered in production guise by RM Design.

Daimler's belated answer to the BMW X4 won't go on sale until 2016, but today we get an early look at a very possible design thanks to a render based on the concept unveiled back in April at Auto Shanghai in China. We published a spy video at the beginning of the month proving Mercedes-Benz has already commenced prototype testing and chances are they won't wait that long to show us their second "crossover coupe" after the larger GLE Coupe.

It will be virtually identical to the second generation GLK (now called GLC), but with a more sloped roofline towards the rear to enable what some people consider as being a sleeker profile. However, this body change will reduce rear headroom while the redesigned rear end is going to take its toll on the trunk's capacity which in the regular GLC stands at 580 liters with the rear seats up and 1,600 liters once you fold down the bench.

Mercedes-Benz has announced the GLC Coupe will be unveiled in production form after they launch the facelifted GL set to be called GLS. That will happen before the end of this year, so expect the coupe-ified GLC to be introduced early 2016 or even sooner.

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