The production spec Mercedes GLC-Class has been previewed in a sketch ahead of its world debut on 17 June. The sketch is the work of Robert Lešnik, Director of Exterior Design at Mercedes-Benz. The successor to the GLK gets a name change due the company’s adoption of a new nomenclature system that simplifies its entire line-up. The ‘C’ replaced by the letter ‘K’ signifies that the compact crossover will be the equivalent of the C-Class, which the crossover derives inspiration from. The official sketch reveals curvier aesthetics paired with muscular stance – as seen with the GLE Coupe.
While the GLK-Class was a left-hand drive only model, the GLC-Class will be available in right-hand drive too, opening many more global markets for itself – including the UK, India, Japan, Australia and more. A plug-in hybrid variant is also expected to be introduced later, as the company plans to launch 10 PHEV models by 2017. The C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID that was introduced in January this year (to be sold as C 350 e) is part of the same plan.
The GLC-Class will boast features such as a multi-chamber air suspension AIR BODY CONTROL, handling control system DYNAMIC SELECT and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. Fuel consumption will reduce by up to 19% from its predecessor.
To watch the world debut of the Mercedes GLC-Class, bookmark this webpage and come back on 17 June at 3:00 p.m. (GMT). Click here to convert GMT to your local time. The video embedded below will go live on 17 June at 3:00 p.m. (GMT) to reveal the Mercedes GLC-Class.