India-bound Mercedes GLC snapped testing ahead of today’s reveal, teased in video – Report
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Will initially come with 2.0-liter petrol and diesel engines.
Several updates on the new Mercedes GLC ahead of its world premiere today (June 17, 2015). While Mercedes have released a video teaser of the compact SUV, in China, it was spotted testing albeit with sparse camouflage.
[Head to YouTube if you’re unable to view the video above.]
The new C-Class based SUV uses the sedan’s MRA rear-wheel drive architecture, and replaces the long-standing GLK Class, which was exclusively available in left-hand drive. The new GLC however, will be made in left- and right-hand drive specifications, though interestingly the latter will have a 31/69 torque split favoring the rear wheels while the former gets a 45/55 split.
Like the new C Class, Mercedes will offer its trademark AIRMATIC air suspension package for the GLC as an optional fitment, and an off-road pack – which offers 30-50 mm extra ground clearance – will be available to customers as well.
At the time of the launch, the GLC will be available only with 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines paired to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission, with Mercedes’s famed 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. However, reports state that a more affordable rear-wheel drive variant will be added to the lineup later in the year, as will a plug-in hybrid and an AMG Sport model.
The new GLC is expected to launch in India sometime in 2016, competing with rivals such as the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5.
Mercedes GLC – Image Gallery
[Spyshots from AutoHome]