At the end of May, our Erlkönig photographers caught the next generation of the Mercedes GLC if it was heavily camouflaged. Now Autospias has created a rendering of the new model.
We know that the new C-Class will be presented in late 2020 or early 2021. It should come as no surprise that its SUV counterpart is also in the hot development phase. What is more surprising is that the new generation is growing in length.
The current GLC measures 4.77 meters with a wheelbase of 2.87 meters. On the new pictures it looked like the new GLC (internal code: X254) would increase in length and wheelbase. The renderings also seem a bit longer, but the roofline is nowhere near as low as on the Erlkönig:
If the new GLC gets bigger, it could also be because there is now a GLB that pushes down from the bottom with seven seats and a lot of variabilities. On the other hand, this could allow the GLC to become even more noble and elegant without having to pay too much attention to practical aspects.
An indication of this is the flatter-looking roofline. The opponents of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 should still bring more legroom due to the general growth. The revised MRA platform, which the GLC will share with the upcoming C-Class, should also help in this regard.
Design changes that we can already see affect the exterior mirrors, which now sit on the doors, as well as door, handles that are positioned much lower. The headlights should be narrower and be more based on the current Mercedes front design. The rendering already shows these changes. Instead of the rear lights, the Erlkönig had placeholders that did not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the optics. The second picture by Kolesa shows a possibility with filigree lights and a chrome strip in between:
The new Mercedes GLC is expected to hit the market in the course of 2022. A few months after the debut, the successful “Coupé” version should be back up. Expect most, if not all, engines to have mild-hybrid technology. There should also be one or the other plug-in hybrid. Later in the decade, the second generation EQC will function as the all-electric GLC version.