Along with the attached illustration, Mercedes has published some preliminary details about the second generation GLK which will be called GLC. The main reason for this name change has to do with the company’s new nomenclature which better shows the connections in size between two models. Case in point, the GLC will be similarly proportioned with the C-Class upon which it will be based so it will carry over its platform, engines, gearboxes and the interior cabin.
Mercedes says the all-new GLC will be available with the company’s permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC system as well as with the AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension and the DYNAMIC SELECT system. It’s also bound to use the latest developments as far as assistance and safety systems are concerned, while the more frugal engines will lower the model’s fuel consumption by up to 19%.
There are some important novelties the GLC brings as unlike the outgoing GLK it has been engineered for right-hand drive markets so it has unlocked some major markets across the world where the GLK is not being sold due to its LHD-only layout. In addition, the GLK never spawned a fully-fledged range-topping AMG version but we do know there will be a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 set to use a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine from the C63 / C63 S duo.
Following its reveal on June 17, the GLC compact crossover will likely be shown in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and should go on sale shortly after that. Sometime in 2016, Mercedes will introduce a GLC Coupe set to take on the BMW X4 with a more sloped roofline creating a more dynamic design which should be more appealing to the younger audience. However, the coupe silhouette will likely affect the rear headroom and will also lower the trunk’s cargo capacity, but these two factors won’t be very important to the targeted audience.