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Mercedes-Benz GL Coupe, ‘GLC’ on the way – report

If the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a bit too square at the back to suit your needs but you still like the idea of an uber-large SUV, a new model is reportedly in the works which might fit your bill.

Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG

According to a recent Autobild report in Germany, Mercedes-Benz is apparently working on a ‘GL Coupe’ model featuring the same ginormous underpinnings as the GL, with five doors, only with a swooping roofline. Think of it as like an SUV shooting brake.

The company could be eyeing the competition on this one, getting ready to offer a rival to the expected introduction of a BMW ‘X7’ and an Audi ‘Q8’. Both of the rival manufacturers are said to be planning similar style models.

For BMW, the X7 is set to be a larger version of the current X6, with seven seats, while the Audi Q8 is expected to be a more luxurious and grander version of the current Q7 large SUV.

Nicknamed the GLC, the new Mercedes would likely feature a range of turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel engine options as seen in the GL, with an AMG model potentially arriving further down the track.

Mercedes-Benz is a little behind when it comes to offering SUVs. The current showroom range includes the ML-Class, the large GL-Class (pictured), and the rugged military-grade G-Class. There is no rival to the BMW X1/Audi Q3 or BMW X3/Audi Q5.

A new junior ‘GLA-Class’ has been previewed though with the GLA concept. A production version is set to appear in 2014, ready to take on the likes of the BMW X1/Audi Q3.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.