Mercedes-Benz GLC Spied On the Road: Video
Just a couple of months away from the model’s official unveiling, pre-production prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC are still being tested around the world. A camouflaged prototype was recently spotted on a German highway near Stuttgart, Mercedes’ home ground. While the model has a lot of body camouflage, its overall appearance can be deduced quite easily, especially when it comes to its rear and side design. The boxy look of its predecessor is history, as the GLC will use the same design language as the newest Mercedes-Benz models, its overall appearance being similar to a C-Class Wagon on stilts.
As some of you already know, the GLC is actually the second generation of the GLK crossover, but Mercedes-Benz has opted to change its designation to make its platform connection with the C-Class more obvious. Unlike the GLK, the new GLC will be available with both left- and right-hand drive, as the model will be based on the more flexible MRA (Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture) platform.
The same powerplants found in the new C-Class will make their way into the GLC, including the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine from the Mercedes-AMG C63. A plug-in hybrid version should arrive in 2016, powered by the same drivetrain as the new C350 e. The GLC is expected to be unveiled sometime in July, while the first public appearance will probably take place at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September. A four-door coupe version of the GLC was recently confirmed as well, but we won’t be seeing it until the end of 2016 at the earliest.