Mercedes-Benz GLC spyshots

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has been spotted again, with very little disguise on. Let’s remind ourselves of the Tristar’s new naming rules – the GLK is to be renamed GLC, because it’s C-Class-based.

It’s gotten a bit bigger to avoid suffocating the smaller GLA – visible (just) are a longer wheelbase, wider track and a more forward front axle, which should improve cabin space and dynamics.

Unlike its boxy predecessor, the new GLC wears a more curvaceous dress, with a more sloping back end. Also, unlike the GLK, there will be right-hand drive GLCs, reports say.

More potential markets, then – will Malaysia be among them? If so, the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 will soon no longer be on their own in these markets.

Speculated is a base GLC 250 with a new 1.8 litre four-cylinder turbo engine, a GLC 250 BlueTEC with the familiar 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel and a V6-powered GLC 350. We’ve seen something before that could be a GLC 350 e plug-in hybrid, and our carparazzi expects AMG versions in the future, too.

There’ll also be a ‘coupe’ derivative, previewed by Auto Shanghai 2015’s GLC Coupe concept. This will take the fight to the BMW X4 when it surfaces in 2016 or 2017, after the non-coupe GLC makes its debut.