Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GLC Spied Casually Cruising In Town

The crossover march continues, as evidenced by this new spy video showing a next generation Mercedes-Benz GLC prototype. The clip above comes from walkoARTvideos and grabs a test vehicle in action on the road.

The GLC class started a mid-cycle update in January 2019, but progress on a new model continues. This video shows that the updated model will certainly not tip the boat into the style department, maintaining the low profile of the GLC. We can say that it looks a bit larger than the current model, suggesting that a third row option could be offered to the SUV. It would certainly make sense, given that the smaller GLB already offers additional seating.

Heavy camouflage still hides the front and rear details, and placeholder lights are also installed. Although the general shape is familiar, we can see definitive design updates such as the placement of the side mirrors, door handles and body lines along the side of the vehicle. Looking at our own spy photos below, the back of the C-pillar is significantly larger, and although the coupe-ish roofline is intact, we suspect that a squaring of the windows could take place under the camouflage envelope.

At this early stage, we haven’t heard much about the powertrain options, but prolific hybrid power is expected. This likely includes light hybrid systems using an electric motor and a full-time motor, as well as plug-in hybrid variants. We don’t expect a full EV edition of the GLC, mainly because this role will be filled by the EQC – built from scratch to be fully electric. And yes, for performance enthusiasts, there is no reason to believe that AMG will not intervene with a high power bonkers variant further.

Speaking of which, we are Indeed looking further down the road at this point. With the GLC redesigned barely a year old, the next generation model should not arrive before 2022 at the earliest.

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