New product will appeal to fans of large SUVs and that may consider the current model of GL seems too harsh and conservative in appearance.
Giant Mercedes GL Coupe (GLC is just a primary name for now) that is discussed today at the company, will have to compete in the market with such future innovations like Audi Q8 and BMW X7. From the usual GL GLC model will distinguish primarily by rear design end and a sloping roof made in the style of a CLS Shooting Brake. Buyers will also find a front bumper modified, with corrected optics and new radiator grille. Great news is that GLC will also get improved interior. Audi Q8 model will be based on a stretched platform taken from the next Q7. This coupe-like Audi SUV will appear in 2015. It is expected to have diesel, gasoline and hybrid power plants under its hood with a capacity varying from 270 to 435 hp.
Second rival, BMW X7, is based on the \"Cart\" of the next X6, but just like its Ingolstadt competitor should differ from a related X6 by slightly larger dimensions and moderately stylized coupe.
Among the trio of competitors X7 is appearing later of all - in 2018. The supposed \"heart\" of this model is diesel and petrol units with 400-500 hp of power.
Large SUVs do not enjoy the special honor from European buyers, but are graciously accepted in China and the United States. United States is exactly the place where this SUV is expected to be produced, and we’re talking about Mercedes plant in Alabama factory. If the idea is approved, all markets will be able to see, let along buy GLC models only by the end of 2016. From the innovations of technological part it is expected that this model will be equipped with a more powerful (300 hp) and more efficient six-cylinder OM 656 diesel engine series. And by 2017 GLC could try on a new generation of V8 petrol units, which will be combined with the nine-speed automatic transmission. But all of these are just plans, since there is no official information whether Mercedes will produce such SUV or not.