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Mercedes-Benz GLC unveiled, on sale in Australia in December

As promised, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new GLC, effectively becoming the C-Class SUV to rival the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

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Starting with the design, the GLC adopts the company’s current design language sharing similar shapes and proportions with the new GLA, GLE and the latest C-Class sedan and wagon. Highlights include the rounded headlights, a two-tier grille, and plenty of polished metal trimmings.

Compared with the GLK that it replaces, the GLC is slightly larger overall, with an extra 118mm added to the wheelbase opening up more cabin space with increased legroom in the back, more elbow space, and an increased cargo area from 530 litres to 580 litres.

Powertrain options will span from economical, small-capacity turbo-diesel units in the form of the GLC 220 d, GLC 250 d, to a more potent GLC 250 with a 155kW petrol, up to a 179kW GLC 300. A GLC 350 e hybrid will also be on offer, pairing a 155kW petrol with an 85kW electric motor.

At the high end of the range is the GLC 450 AMG Sport featuring a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine developing 270kW of power and 520Nm of torque. If that’s not enough, a GLC 63 AMG is set to be on its way next year with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing around 350kW.

Inside, the GLC is fairly similar to the current C-Class. There’s either a 7.0-inch interface sitting atop the dash for the lower variants and up to an 8.4-inch screen for the upper models. Meanwhile, the dash incorporates aviation-style circular vents, a sweeping centre fascia and console area, along with a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and twin-dial instrument cluster.

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Unlike the GLK, the GLC will be made in right-hand drive and will be sold on an international scale. Mercedes-Benz Australia is yet to announce local lineup details, however, it will land locally in December.

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.