2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC spied with less camouflage

Our spy agency has nabbed the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC undergoing hot weather testing in southern Europe.

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With the new C-Class launched, Daimler is hard at work preparing the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover for its full unveiling.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the second-generation GLC undergoing testing, but compared to the car spied in March this prototype is fitted with production-ready grille and lights.

Most of the false panels have also been removed, so we can see some of the detailing on the front and rear bumpers.

Overall the styling is an evolutionary development of today’s car mixed in with some of the latest Mercedes-Benz design traits, especially around the headlights, grille and tail-lights.

So far we’ve only seen the GLC crossover, but a “coupe” version should join the range not too long after the more practical variant is released.

Although we’ve yet catch a glimpse the GLC’s cabin, we expect it to feature a design similar to the one in the C-Class with a 10.25-inch or 12.3-inch  instrumentation screen, and 9.5-inch or 11.9-inch portrait-oriented touchscreens.

Under the skin, the new GLC will ride on the latest version of the MRA platform that also underpins the latest C-Class.

This will mean the GLC will shift from a mix four-, six- and eight-cylinder propulsion to electrified four-cylinder drivetrains.

At launch the fifth-generation C-Class — which will go on sale in Australia from the fourth quarter of 2021 — is available as the 125kW C180 and 150kW C200 with a 1.5-litre turbo, and the 190kW C300 powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine.

There’s also a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel in the 147kW C220d and 195kW C300d. All these drivetrains have a 48V mild hybrid system capable of giving a 15kW/200Nm boost for short periods of time.

Down the track the C-Class, and likely GLC, will be bolstered by plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel models.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid is expected to replace the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 in the AMG GLC43 and GLC63.

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