The next Mercedes-Benz model will debut June 17.
Set to replace the aging Mercedes GLK-Class, the new Mercedes GLC-Class crossover will forgo the boxy, sharp lines of the current GLK for a more contemporary look featuring the German automaker’s design language. In announcing that the model will debut next week online, Mercedes also shared a sketch of the GLC-Class revealing elongated headlights, a traditional Mercedes-Benz grille and a hood accented by two power domes.
Powertrain options for the GLC-Class is expected to carry over from the current C-Class model, which means a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 241 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque will be standard. A more powerful 3.0-liter V6 with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque will be available as an option, and Mercedes has promised that the powertrain will be up to 19 percent more efficient than the outgoing GLK mills.
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Expected to ship standard with rear-wheel drive while 4MATIC all-wheel drive will be available as an option, the GLC-Class will have all engine options paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Don’t be surprised if an AMG-prepped GLC 63 joins the lineup later on with the same 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 as the C63 AMG with 469 hp.
As for its public debut, the GLC-Class will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, before arriving dealerships as a 2016 model by the end of the year. Expect the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe to appear after, which has already been shown as a concept at this year’s Shanghai Motor Show.
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