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Mercedes GLC Facelift Caught With Very Little Camouflage

Our spies caught the facelifted Mercedes GLC on the move with new headlights and taillights.

The GLC is an important model for Mercedes. Last year, the automaker sold 48,643 units in the United States, and high demand for the SUV helped Mercedes break a new Q1 sales record this year. First launched in 2015, the GLC is about to get a mid-cycle refresh with some minor styling tweaks. Given the model’s success, don’t expect any radical design changes as Mercedes won’t want to risk ruining a winning formula. Our spy photographers recently caught the facelifted Mercedes GLC testing on public roads with barely any camouflage.

As we we expected, the updated SUV is sporting some minor changes. The most notable of which is the addition of new headlights featuring LED daytime running lights. Beneath the camouflage, the crossover has also been equipped with a revised grille and new front bumper. At the back, the styling changes are less noticeable with updated taillights featuring new graphics. A closer inspection also reveals the rear bumper has been slightly altered and the exhaust tips now have a different shape. Like the facelifted Mercedes C-Class, the new GLC is expected to feature an overhauled interior.

Expect changes to carry over from the 2019 C-Class, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, optional 10.25-inch infotainment system, and a new steering wheel with touch controls. As for powertrains, the refreshed Mercedes GLC’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 will likely see a power increase from 241 to 255 horsepower mirroring the 2019 Mercedes C-Class. Chances are the 2019 GLC will debut at the Paris Auto Show in October before arriving in the US before the end of the year.

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