Trevor Collett | Mar 28, 2016

As the carmaker with more gap-filling prowess than anything available at your local hardware store, it may come as little surprise that Mercedes-Benz is considering another new model.

According to reports out of Europe, among the next new wave of vehicles to wear the three-pointed star may be an open-top version of the new GLC Coupe SUV.

This would put Benz one-up on its German rival in BMW, which, as yet, does not offer a cabriolet version of its equivalent X4 SUV.

A GLC Convertible could also serve as a worthy alternative to the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which arrives in Australia during Q3 this year.

Chief Engineer for Benz’s GLC, CLS and E-Class models, Michael Kelz, said a convertible GLC would present few challenges to the German carmaker.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

“It would be fun, and it’s actually not that much of an engineering challenge,” Kelz said, speaking with the UK’s Autocar.

A GLC Convertible could bring the same AMG performance upgrades as the AMG GLC 43, but whether Mercedes would opt for a hard- or soft-top folding roof in the name of weight-reduction is anyone’s guess.

Kelz poured cold water on Benz’s ‘room for one more’ model strategy, saying a GLC Convertible would likely come at the expense of another model in the range - if it happens.

And whether it happens or not may depend on the success or failure of the Evoque Convertible, which Benz and others will likely be watching with keen interest.

For now, customers will have the new GLC Coupe to consider when it arrives in local showrooms at the end of the year.

Rendering by Theo Chin

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