In what could be the very first sighting of the SUV in Malaysia, here is the new Mercedes-Benz GLC. This single picture of the vehicle was sent in to us by a reader – choosing to be known simply as “AL” – who spotted the GLC at Hap Seng Star’s Mercedes-Benz dealership in Balakong.

The car in the picture is clearly the GLC 250 4Matic variant. The variant matches a previous listing for the GLC on our sister classifieds site, oto.my, which opened the order books for a GLC 200 and GLC 250.

The GLC 250 4Matic here features the same engine from the local-spec W205 Mercedes-Benz C 250, but has the addition of an all-wheel drive system and a new nine-speed 9G-Tronic torque converter automatic transmission. The 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine is good for 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

Mercedes-Benz GLC (X 253) 2015

We can also see that this model is equipped with the AMG Line styling kit – distinguishable through a diffuser-like insert in the rear bumper – much like its smaller sister, the GLA 250 4Matic. AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels and integrated dual tail pipes are also noticeable. The front end of course isn’t visible from this angle, but it should feature the more aggressive air intake design of the AMG kit.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is essentially a replacement for its GLK-Class, which was strictly available as a left-hand drive model, for markets like the US, Europe and China. The new GLC instead is a global model, offering a right-hand drive version too – one that debuted at the recent Indonesia International Motor Show.

A GLC Coupe has also been spied in the past, but Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal any official information about the model just yet. Could we see it debut alongside the new W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the coming Detroit Auto Show?

As mentioned before, this Mercedes-Benz GLC will be a part of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s SUV assault in 2016. Along with this model, we are also expecting to see the new Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe SUVs launched in Malaysia.

The GLC is primed to compete with the BMW X3 when it does arrive here. Comparatively, the X3 is offered in two all-wheel drive variants – the RM326k petrol-powered xDrive20i and the RM346k xDrive20d oil burner. Based on our previous report, we expect the GLC’s variants to be priced similarly, although there is the possibility of more locally-available variants coming here than initially expected.

Which will it be for you, then? Would you be aiming for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, or the Audi Q5? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz GLC at Indonesia International Motor Show