Our spy photographers got the best look yet at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC, the next version of the crossover formerly known as the GLK-Class. Now that the camouflage has lifted, it’s obvious that the new GLC will go for a smoother, curvier design than its boxy predecessor. The GLC has a lower, more sloped nose than today’s GLK, with gently curved bodysides, a sloped rear liftgate, and a curving silhouette topped by chrome roof rails.
The crossover will be renamed Mercedes-Benz GLC when it launches this summer to fall in line with Mercedes’ new alphanumeric naming scheme. The GLK-Class becomes the GLC-Class because all crossovers receive the “GL” prefix, and the GLK is related to the C-Class sedan in terms of size and pricing.
Also similar to the C-Class is the interior of this Mercedes-Benz GLC prototype. Like the AUTOMOBILE All-Stars-winning sedan, the GLC features a large color screen atop its dashboard, a trio of circular air vents, and a row of switches on a center stack that curves downward to meet the center console. There, Mercedes’ new touch controller and traditional rotary controller allow the driver to operate the infotainment screen.
Look for more details closer to the launch of the Mercedes-Benz GLC this summer.