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by Tim Beissmann

Daimler Group CEO Dieter Zetsche has shared a sketch of the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe concept with investors at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Germany.

Described by Mercedes-Benz as a “near production-standard study”, the GLC Coupe concept will debut at the Shanghai motor show later this month, previewing the luxury car maker’s vision for a sporty mid-sized crossover coupe to rival the BMW X4.

The GLC Coupe will be derived from the new-generation GLC – the company’s regular medium SUV that is expected to debut in production form at September’s Frankfurt motor show. The GLC will replace the left-hand-drive-only GLK SUV, and give Mercedes-Benz a global rival for the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

With the GLC not due in Australia until 2016, it appears unlikely the GLC Coupe will reach our shores before 2017.

The GLC Coupe will become the brand’s second coupe-inspired crossover, joining the larger GLE Coupe, which is designed to take on the BMW X6.

Both the GLC and the GLC Coupe will inherit much of their platform and powertrain componentry from the hugely popular C-Class. Spy images have also shown the GLC’s cabin will borrow extensively from the layout and styling of the C-Class.

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