Mercedes-Benz GLC Teased on YouTube
Global Premiere of Compact SUV Scheduled for Tomorrow
The Mercedes-Benz GLC (nee GLK) will be revealed in its entirety soon, but that won’t stop the company from trying to drum up interest beforehand.
In a YouTube video published today, Benz shows their new C-Class–based SUV tackling obstacles the production vehicle likely wouldn’t ever encounter outside of a movie set or development cycle. Although it’s the kind of thing a G-Class would barely notice, Mercedes-Benz’s preview video shows that the company invested some effort in giving the GLC some Geländewagen chops.
Design-wise, the GLC is a total departure from the GLK it replaces. Smoother, softer lines replace the GLK’s boxy, upright form factor. From what we can see (which isn’t much), the GLC shares many design elements with the subcompact GLA crossover, although it adds a proper rear quarter window and D-pillar, giving it a more balanced appearance than its stubbier little brother. Inside, the C-Class sedan’s beautiful center stack and COMAND controller look to make an appearance.
Powertrain is a mystery as yet, but if Mercedes-Benz follows the same pattern for the GLC as it does for the GLA and the GLE, then we can guess with reasonable confidence that it’ll get the same engines and transmissions as the C-Class sedan. A 2.0L turbocharged I-4 may serve as the base engine, (it makes 241 hp in the C-Class), while a 329hp 3.0L twin-turbocharged V-6 should serve duty as the range-topper (at least as long as they don’t offer an AMG version). 4MATIC all-wheel drive will likely come standard on all GLC models, as will a seven-speed automatic transmission.
We’ll know more for certain within a few days, but in the meantime, check out the YouTube video below and let us know if you can see anything that we can’t.
Source: Mercedes-Benz via YouTube