Mercedes-GLC-Sketch

This is the first official sketch of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, which is set to make its debut on June 17. That’s two days from now, so let us give you a lowdown on what to expect from the GLK‘s successor.

Unlike the GLK, the GLC (not specially made for high-earning Malaysian GLC execs, ‘C’ to link it with the C-Class) will be a global model with right-hand drive production; and as you can see from the very clear spyshots below, wears a less polarising suit.

Mercedes has the GLA to cater to the entry premium SUV market now, so the GLC can be made bigger to better compete with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Compared to the odd-looking GLK, the new five-seater SUV should come with a longer wheelbase, wider track and a more forward front axle; all when combined, should improve cabin space and dynamics.

Expect a cabin that’s not too dissimilar to the W205 C-Class’ and a range of engines, from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder and 3.0 litre six-cylinder petrol in the GLC 250 and GLC 400 to a 2.1 litre four-cylinder diesel in the GLC 220d and GLC 250d. Rear and four-wheel drive will be available.

A plug-in petrol-electric hybrid GLC 350e (same powertrain as the C 350e that we recently tested) is also on the cards, and AMG-developed models (3.0 V6 turbo GLC 450 Sport and full-fat 4.0 V8 turbo GLC 63/GLC 63 S) will top the GLC range.

It’s only natural for Mercedes to offer a star-badged alternative to whatever Munich has, so in the near future, expect a BMW X4-rivalling ‘coupe’ version of the GLC with a sloping roofline. Previewed by Auto Shanghai 2015’s GLC Coupe concept, it has been confirmed for production.

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