If the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Concept from this year’s Shanghai Motor Show caught your eye, we’ve got good news. The company confirmed that this model will enter production, and we should see the road-going model early next year, probably at the New York Auto Show.
Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, Mercedes’ G-Class boss, confirmed this during an event following this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. He’s particularly proud of how Mercedes has expanded its crossover and SUV lines, and the addition of the BMW X4-fighting GLC Coupe only proves further commitment to this growth. The numbers don’t lie – Mercedes’ crossover and SUV sales are up 25 percent this year, compared to 2014 numbers.
Even Mercedes’ halo of SUVs, the G-Class, is experiencing increased sales. The company set a record for G-Class sales in 2014, and is on track to do it again this year; sales are up roughly 20 percent. For 2016, the G-Wagen gets a number of enhancements, including a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 as the new base engine. Other markets get a new diesel engine for 2016, and more updates are on the way. “Our legend has a bright future,” Güthenke said. We’ll have a full review of the updated G550 next week, so stay tuned.