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Mercedes-Benz GLC previewed, new C-Class-size SUV

Some details have been released on the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, which will become the replacement to the overseas-only GLK. It adopts the company’s new naming structure.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class preview

Like the new GLE sits as the E-Class-size SUV, replacing the ML, the GLC is sized more in line to the C-Class. It will also showcase a fresh design theme, which, judging by this teaser sketch, will be more up-market and sportier in character compared with the outgoing GLK’s utilitarian-style design.

Underneath, the GLC is expected to come with a similar lineup of powertrain options as seen in the C-Class. All-wheel drive will of course be on offer, and we hear this time around it will be available in range-topping AMG form.

The ‘GLC 63 AMG’, name yet to be confirmed, is set to come with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing up to 375kW. This engine is seen in the latest C 63 AMG and in the AMG GT sports coupe in various tunes.

As for some of the highlight technologies, the GLC will be available with Air Body Control air suspension, giving the driver the option to adjust the ride to suit the conditions. A raft of safety and driving assistance systems will also be part of the mix, including advanced adaptive cruise control and lane monitoring.

Perhaps the most interesting news about the new model is the fact that it will be made in right-hand drive. Mercedes-Benz has been missing out on a big chunk of the SUV market by not offering a rival to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in all markets. The GLC is set to change that. All will be revealed on June 17.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.