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Mercedes-Benz GLC prototype spotted, F-Cell hydrogen model? (video)

A Mercedes-Benz prototype believed to be to be a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, dubbed the GLC F-Cell, has been spotted out and about.

Spy photographers spotted the suspiciously quiet SUV near the company’s headquarters in Germany wearing very little camouflaged or protective cladding.

It’s difficult to spot the difference of this prototype compared with the conventional GLC, but lower down you’ll notice some additional body moulding which may disguise a unique and more aerodynamic lower fascia.

According to reports, Mercedes is planning to introduce a hydrogen fuel-cell model based on the GLC in the next 12 months. This will become the first hydrogen-based vehicle in the mid-size premium SUV segment.

There’s speak of a 9kWh battery pack providing a range of around 50km, with two carbon fibre fuel cells capable of hauling enough hydrogen to see that range soar out to around 500km.

Production for the new model is set to commence this year, meaning this prototype could be getting very close to production specification. Judging by the lack of camouflage also suggests a public debut is near. Click play below for a quick preview.

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.