SPOTTED WITH MINIMAL DISGUISE: The new Mercedes-Benz GLC will make its debut later in 2015 as a 2016 model. Image: Automedia
Mercedes-Benz is changing parts of its nomenclature to make the former GLK the GLC, reports Automedia. Spy photographers spotted the new mid-size SUV undergoing testing.
Spy images confirm that the new GLC will be slightly larger than the model it replaces to make room for the smaller GLA.
The prototype has a longer wheelbase and a and wider track than the current GLK. The bonnet has been stretched and the front axle pushed forward to create the longer wheelbase.
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The new GLC will better match rivals such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in terms of space and comfort.
It's minimal camouflage reveals familiar Mercedes styling. Its proportions appear much sportier than those of the current GLK and the roof more sloped towards the rear, hinting at a coupe-like profile. The rear window spotted on the prototype is a temporary unit used to fool onlookers.
The SUV's platform will be shared with the re-designed 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The second-generation mid-size SUV will also (finally) be a right-hand drive configuration.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Its base engine could be a new turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder, likely found in a new GLC 250. The current GLK’s turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel should carry over into a new GLC 250 BlueTEC, while a V6 should also remain in a new GLC 350.
It’s not clear if Mercedes will finally decide to launch an AMG conversion.
The new GLC will probably be launched late in 2015 year as a 2016 model.