Mercedes’ range of SUVs is set to grow this year with the introduction of the mid-sized GLC.
The new model is due to reach UK showrooms this autumn after making its public debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show, Autocar has revealed. It will go head-to-head with popular compact SUVs, the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Sitting below the larger GLE (pictured above and formerly known as the M-Class), the GLC fills a gap in Mercedes’ UK line-up, as its predecessor, the GLK, was never sold in right-hand drive markets. It will be followed next year by a coupe version, which will rival style-led off-roaders such as the BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque.
While official details are yet to be confirmed, the new model is expected to stick closely to Mercedes’ current design themes, including a dominating front grille and heavily sculpted bodywork. The interior is expected to borrow heavily from the current C-Class saloon.
In terms of engines, expect a range of four and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel models, which will be offered in conjunction with four-wheel-drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. A plug-in hybrid model is also expected, along with a hot AMG version, complete with a thunderous V8 motor.
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