India-bound Mercedes GLC snapped testing ahead of today's reveal, teased in video - Report

17/06/2015 - 11:19 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

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.

Mercedes GLC spied China
The GLC is expected to launch in the Indian market next year where it will rival the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

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.

Mercedes GLC rear spied China
Initially all variants of the GLC will be available with a 9G-TRONIC gearbox.

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The new GLC is expected to launch in India sometime in 2016, competing with rivals such as the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5.

[Spyshots from AutoHome]

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