Our spy photographers have sent us more revealing images with the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC undergoing final testing.

Our spy photographers have sent us more revealing images with the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC undergoing final testing.

Set to replace the aging and blocky GLK, Mercedes-Benz's new compact crossover will receive the "GLC" moniker to better reflect its relation to the similarly-sized C-Class. Speaking of the C, a few days ago some spy shots of the new GLC showed an interior cabin largely carried over from the premium sedan while now the latest images depict an exterior which has a lot in common with the entry-level GLA but obviously on a larger scale.

Riding on the same MRA platform as the C-Class, the GLC adopts a significantly more curvaceous body which makes it look more youthful also enhanced by the gently sloping roofline and sweptback headlights. Also noticeable are the fairly slender taillights, a dual exhaust system with chromed tips along with a roof-mounted spoiler.

The engine lineup will be largely carried over from the C-Class, all the way up to the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine which will power the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. The output of the engine in this new application is not known at this point but the power figures should be very similar if not identical to those of the C63 where the motor develops 476 HP & 650 Nm in the standard model and 510 HP & 700 Nm in the C63 S.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC will be unveiled in the second half of the year, possibly in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show while the fully-fledged AMG version should follow early 2016.

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