Expect the next-generation Mercedes GLC to look like this.
The Mercedes GLC-Class crossover was first introduced in 2015 as a replacement for the GLK-Class. Since then, it's become Mercedes' best-selling crossover. To keep it fresh, Mercedes expanded the model range with a stylish GLC Coupe variant and introduced a mid-cycle update for the 2020 model year with some subtle styling tweaks.
Soon, the time will come for the next-generation Mercedes GLC to arrive. Referencing camouflaged prototypes that have been spied out in the wild, artist Nikita Chuyko from Kolsea.ru has produced some renders showing what the next-generation Mercedes GLC will look like.
Compared to its predecessor, the new GLC will be noticeably longer to increase the cabin and cargo space. Like the new next-generation Mercedes C-Class we spied last month, the new GLC will ride on an updated version of Mercedes' Modular Rear Architecture.
Visually, we can expect the exterior changes to be inspired by the new Mercedes GLE and GLS crossovers. As shown in the design renders, the new Mercedes GLC will adopt a slightly larger grille than the current model flanked by narrower headlights, giving the crossover a sleeker look. Reshaped taillights have also been fitted to the rear.
Inside, both the next-generation Mercedes GLC and C-Class will be upgraded with the latest MBUX infotainment system, which was recently added to the refreshed E-Class Sedan, Coupe, and Convertible. Also expect the new Mercedes GLC and C-Class to adopt a fully digital dashboard and the latest advanced driver assists.
As with the new C-Class, the next-generation GLC will be offered with a range of electrified powertrains, including mild-hybrid four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines and plug-in hybrids. A fully electric version will also join the Mercedes GLC lineup for the first time in the form of the upcoming Mercedes EQC. The new Mercedes GLC will most likely be unveiled sometime in 2021 and go on sale for the 2022 model year.