Is Mercedes-Benz Planning a GLC Cabriolet

Giancarlo Perlas March 25, 2016
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is here. Will its maker follow it up with the GLC Cabriolet.

Mercedes-Benz hit it big once more with the introduction of the GLC Coupe at the 2016 New York Auto Show. The brand is definitely not wasting any moment in putting itself on top of the global luxury car wars as it just unveiled the new E-Class last month. So what’s next for the three-pointed star brand?

Autocar caught up with Michael Kelz during the New York Auto Show to ask whether Mercedes is planning to release a GLC Cabriolet in the future. As an added note, Kelz is the current chief engineer of the brand’s GLC, CLS and E-Class.

Kelz was positive in his response to the question. “It would be fun, and it’s actually not that much of an engineering challenge,” he said.

That would really make sense since the coupe is the precursor of the cabriolet. In terms of architecture, the two share a lot of elements, except of course the pillars and the roofing. The convertible also simply carries over the powertrains found in its coupe counterpart.

However, Kelz explained that making the GLC Cabrio would mean axing another model from the range as there is no space in the Mercedes line-up for such unit to be built.

If Mercedes-Benz will decide to make the GLC Cabriolet model, the crossover would certainly present itself as a formidable competition to the 2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which on sale during spring of this year.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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