• Jun 29, 2010
Witness two pervasive trends in the German auto industry especially: First, the proliferation of sport-utes and crossovers. Second, the blurring of traditional market segments with increasingly bizarre bodystyles. Mercedes-Benz, in particular, has been a pioneer of sorts in both, ballooning its SUV and crossover lineup to no fewer than five models, and kicking off the segment-busting craze with the CLS four-door coupe. Now, the two may come together in a new product, if emerging reports prove accurate.
According to the ever-churning rumormill, the marque of the Three-Pointed Star is currently developing a new model to be called the GLC – short-hand for Geländecoupé. Now before you protest that the long-serving Geländewagen (or G-Class for short) has already bred a two-door model, the GLC will share nothing with the inimitable off-roader. Instead it is tipped to be a crossover, with a sloping roofline like the BMW X6 but in a smaller package that may even be offered with two-wheel drive as standard. Sources expect the GLC to hit the road sometime around 2014, but as yet, there's no word yet on how Mazda feels about all this.

[Source: AutoZeitung via eMercedesBenz]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      o god another one of these things bc we need this
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have no idea what Geländecoupé means, but it pretty much sums up how I feel about these cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All-terrain/off-road coupe. Gelaendewagen means off-road car (Wagen doesn't mean wagon, it means car), and so on...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Anthony: Oh, I was hoping it meant "horribly ugly tall coupe-like thing."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Anthony

        So the Gelaendewagen is a car named, off-road car, but design to look like a coupe, however the driver sits 1 mile above the ground and it wont be able to go off road because of its design?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't want a Gelandecoupe or whatever it is. I just want a C-class wagon with a diesel engine. That's it. Very simple.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mazda GLC anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, this will do about as well as the R-Class...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a bad feeling it will sell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I mixed feels about the initial rumored SUV coupe concept though. If done with sporty, on-street performance in mind; it can be designed right. The X6, at 1st glance, looks freakishly weird but seeing it on the road - in motion - cleared up many doubts.

        It might make sense to just replace the existing GLK with the G-coupe SUV ---- or call it the RL (oop, that's Acura) or GX maybe. Just thinking out loud...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it's hard to imagine it not doing better than the R-class...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So...suddenly SUV's are back in?

      No?

      oooOOOooohhh....it's an "oversized coupe".

      I get it ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please make it stop!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      An asphalt-only SUV that will passenger headroom issues to mimic a coupe design? Sounds more like Geländecrapé.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please don't give BMW any sense of accomplishment for creating the hideous X6 by trying to imitate it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      What is going on with these designs lately? These "4-door coupes" and Cross-wagon things need to go away...
      • 4 Years Ago
      very nice , smaller than an X6 , sounds like are competing with the LRX and the upcoming BMW X4, i like that.
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