NEXT MERCEDES SUV: Mercedes-Benz new GLC undergoes extreme weather testing in Europe's frozen forests. Image: Automedia
Mercedes-Benz is changing parts of its nomenclature system for 2015, renaming its GLK the GLC.
Spy images of the GLC confirm it will be slightly larger than the model it replaces to make room for the smaller GLA. The prototype has a longer wheelbase than the current GLK and its track is wider, too.
The test car shows the bonnet has been stretched and the front axle pushed forward to accommodate the longer wheelbase.
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This should translate to more interior space and improved dynamics. It also means the new GLC could take on rivals such as the BMW X3 or Audi Q5. The new GLC shares mechanical details with the new C-Class.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Much of its design remains hidden beneath heavy camouflage but it looks like the vehicle will adopt some familiar Mercedes-Benz styling cues. The proportions appear much sportier than those of the current GLK and its roof slopes steeply towards the rear, giving it a coupe-like profile.
The rear window on the prototype is a temporary unit used to fool the spyguys.
Its base engine could be a new turbocharged four-cylinder 1.8 petrol, which will likely be used in the GLC 250. The current GLK’s turbocharged four-cylinder 2.1-litre 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 launch an AMG variant but the new GLC will be launched in 2016.