The redesigned Mercedes GLC is inching closer to launch as spy photographers have snapped a prototype wearing production lighting units.
While the model is still heavily camouflaged, we can see the crossover will have a prominent grille that is flanked by sweptback headlights with integrated daytime running lights. Additional details are hard to make out, but it appears the front end will adopt a more curvaceous design.
Bigger changes occur further back as the GLC features streamlined bodywork and a more angular beltline. We can also see a more pronounced shoulder line and mirrors that have been moved from the A-pillars to the doors.
The rear end is more evolutionary as the model has a familiar looking liftgate, which is partially disguised by blocky cladding. It’s joined by a revised rear bumper and angular taillights that echo those found on the S-Class.
Spy photographers haven’t gotten a good look inside yet, but the cabin is expected to follow in the footsteps of the 2022 C-Class. This means we can expect a freestanding 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which resides behind a new multi-spoke steering wheel. There should also be an 11.9-inch infotainment system that rises out of the center console and replaces most of the switchgear on the center stack.
Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the redesigned C-Class provides a few clues. In particular, we can expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 255 hp (190 kW / 259 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. The powertrain also has EQ Boost technology, which can provide an additional 20 hp (15 kW / 20 PS) and 148 lb-ft (201 Nm) of torque.
Later on, we can expect an AMG variant with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 6.1 kWh battery pack, and a rear-mounted electric motor that produces up to 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque.