The big news this week has been the world premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC. The second generation of the Tristar’s premium compact SUV (née GLK) trades its predecessor’s ultra-boxy styling for a sleeker, more rounded appearance, and will be available with right-hand drive for the first time – finally giving those who drive on the correct side of the road a credible alternative to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

To showcase the new car, Mercedes has prepared a little video running through some of the main characteristics, from the handsome GLA-plus looks to the sumptuous C-Class-style interior; the latter is claimed to have “substantially more space” whether in front, at the rear, or in the boot. Also touched upon are the improved powertrains, better aerodynamic efficiency and the lighter construction.

Available in standard, off-road and AMG Line variants, the GLC will be powered by either a 170 hp (GLC 220 d) or 204 hp (GLC 250 d) 2.1 litre turbodiesel, a 211 hp (GLC 250) or 241 hp (GLC 300) 2.0 litre turbo petrol or a 2.0 litre turbo petrol-electric hybrid (GLC 350 e) that will return a fuel consumption figure of just 2.6 litres per 100 km. Sales will commence in September, so we’re expecting a Malaysian launch sometime next year.

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