Mercedes-Benz revealed a sketch of its Concept GLC Coupé today, announcing that a full release will come later this month.
The Concept GLC Coupé will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show at the end of April as a near-production-standard study.
The concept “transforms the successful GLE Coupé formula into a more compact segment. The dynamically expressive show car combines typical coupé stylistic features with the sensual and pure design idiom of forthcoming Mercedes SUVs,” said a company release.
As of now, there is no mention of powertrains or specs. It is probable, however, that Mercedes will include a plug-in version, following company plans to release 10 new PHEVs in the next two years. This plug-in coupe would be designated with an “e” as part of Mercedes’s new badging for its plug-in models
If Mercedes does build a plug-in GLC Coupé, a setup similar to the C350 is likely. This recently released sedan is the first plug-in model for the carmaker’s C-Class, and loaned its platform to the Concept GLC Coupé.
The C350 plug-in hybrid has an all-electric range of 20 miles, with a single 80-horsepower electric motor and a 6.2 kilowatt hours battery. The inline four-cylinder engine uses direct injection and a turbocharger to maximize fuel efficiency and performance.
All together, the C350’s powertrain has a maximum output of 275 horsepower and a top speed of 130 mph.