It seems to be softer than ever.
When the new Mercedes-AMG E63 was revealed just the other day, some commentators noted that it looks a little "soft" and "too rounded". Well, the new Mercedes-Benz GLC has just been spied cruising around town indicating that this may become a trend for the brand. In the video, we see the camouflaged GLC and although it is well wrapped up, there's no doubt that the 2022 GLC will be a relatively cute looking thing. While it appears to match renders that we posted earlier this month, the X3 rival could be a lot less aggressively styled than expected.
The video is very short and doesn't show a great deal, but there's no denying that the GLC's shape lends itself more to a crossover like, for example, a Nissan Kicks, than one like the X3. Technically, the GLC is a crossover too, but it appears that the next GLC will be more like a regular hatchback than ever before. Nevertheless, the model has been a sales success for Merc and we're sure the company knows what it's doing. The new model will actually be longer and wider than the current generation, which should help it take some sales from the likes of the spacious Volvo XC60.
It seems to be the general consensus that the next GLC will be almost entirely made up of vehicles fitted with 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pots, which are the most popular engines for Crossover Utitilty Vehicles like the X3, XC60, and GLC. There was a time when Mercedes seemed hellbent on filling every possible niche, with coupe versions of the GLC and other models trying to fit in. While those models are still available, it seems highly unlikely that the GLC 63 will be returning to the lineup. This makes the GLC more of a paint-by-numbers offering than a special model, and the softer design of the upcoming 2022 model seems to mirror that.