Mercedes recently updated its GLC-class crossover, although the next-gen model isn’t too far behind. Spy photos of the automaker’s popular high-end driver show significant changes are coming, but we won’t see them for a while. A new spy video shows crossover testing on public roads, and it has yet to lose camouflage, hiding many changes.
However, one thing that swirly coatings cannot hide is the size of the vehicle. It looks taller than the current model, although we won’t know its true size until Mercedes tells us, or information is leaked. The smaller GLB offers three rows of seats for seven, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Mercedes did the same for the larger next-gen GLC. However, it appears to retain the shape of the current model.
Other design changes are more difficult to spot. The coating on the front masks the shape of the fascia. Non-production headlights flank the white mesh where the grille would be located. It’s the same at the rear with stand-in taillights and lots of camouflage hiding all the details. From the side we can see the side mirrors sitting lower on the body, lowered from the A-pillars. It also appears that the door handles have been moved much lower on the doors.
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When the next-gen GLC arrives, it will use an updated version of the automaker’s modular rear architecture that also underpins the revamped C-Class. The crossover is in its early stages of development, so there are few details on the powertrain, although we would expect plenty of hybrids – from mild hybrid setups to plug-in models.
Mercedes just updated the GLC, so it will be a bit before the new one. We don’t know when to expect a reveal, although it probably won’t arrive until at least 2022. Until then, expect tons of spy photos as development continues. Hopefully it will eventually lose some of its coverings.