Mercedes GLC 3-Door Short Wheelbase Coupe Rendered: Cool, but Pointless

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has made a lasting impression on the German SUV market. Everybody is saying how it's as stable as the Macan and as light as the C-Class. But Daimler hasn't revealed its full hand when it comes to this segment yet.
Mercedes GLC 3-Door Short Wheelbase Coupe Rendered: Cool, but Pointless 1 photo
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To battle the growing demand for chopped SUVs or so-called Sports Activity Coupes, a new model called the GLC Coupe is being planned and should debut in early 2016. We know what it looks like, thanks to copious amounts of spyshots, but that's not what we want to talk about today.

Hungarian graphics manipulator X-Tomi Design has decided to chop the regular 5-door GLC-Class into a 3-door. It's not quite a coup since the roof line is intact, but it does look entirely different because of the immovable rear glass. The remaining door stays the same, so to make the car look sportier, its wheelbase is shortened.

This is the way Mercedes and many other companies used to do things when they wanted a cheaper car. For example, the iconic G-Class had a shorter model with only three doors. And a little while ago, their idea of a cheaper premium car was to cut the C-Class and make it into a sort of hatchback, just like BMW did with the 3-Series Compact.

Of course, the company has grown hugely in terms of sales since those days. They dump millions into the development of buttons and switches, so they're never going to cut corners. However, we'd take a slightly ugly, chopped version of the GLC over the A-Class based GLA any day of the week. Wouldn't you?
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