The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLK, set to be renamed GLC for the 2016 model year, has been spied testing ahead of its debut sometime later this year. The all-new mid-size crossover will ride on a slightly larger platform and sport new styling in-line with that of newer Mercedes models such as the GLA and C-Class.
As expected, the 2016 GLC will be slightly larger than the GLK due to the addition of the compact GLA to Mercedes’ crossover lineup. The prototype seen in these photos appears to have a slightly longer wheelbase, along with a longer hood and pushed forward front axle. Obviously, this will result in additional interior and trunk space, and should also improve driving dynamics.
The smooth and sleek design seen on the C-Class will clearly be implemented on the GLC, along with a steeply raked, coupe-like roofline. The interior is also C-Class inspired, and it’s said the GLC will also be offered in right-hand-drive variations, allowing it to enter the U.K., Japan and other right-hand drive markets.
Not surprisingly, the GLC’s chassis and engine lineup will be shared with the C-Class, too. A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will serve as the powerplant in the GLC 250, while the GLK’s 2.1-liter diesel will be employed in the GLC 250 BlueTec. A V6 will likely remain under the bonnet of the GLC 350, however it’s still not clear if an AMG model is in the works.