The Mercedes-Benz GLC has returned in a more revealing set of spy images ahead of this year's launch.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has returned in a more revealing set of spy images ahead of this year's launch.

With every new batch of spy images, the GLC is losing more and more of its camouflage and confirms that it will represent a significant departure in terms of styling compared to the outgoing boxy-shaped GLK. The premium German compact crossover will be unveiled in the months to come judging by the light amount of disguise and will likely grow in size compared to its predecessor to distance itself from the GLA which now acts as Daimler's entry-level crossover.

The GLC will be heavily based on the C-Class W205 and in previous spy shots we found out it will borrow most of the interior cabin. As for the exterior design, it will follow Mercedes-Benz's latest design language and unsurprisingly for some people it will look basically like a bigger GLA.

As far as engines and gearboxes are concerned, just look over the technical specifications of the C-Class and you will get a very accurate picture of what to expect. While the outgoing GLK never received the fully fledged AMG treatment, this will likely change with the new MRA-based GLC which is expected to span a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 hot version equipped with a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine sourced from the C63 and C63 S duo. Another novelty is the availability of a right-hand drive layout as Mercedes-Benz's engineers have engineered the model for RHD markets as well.

The C-Class is also getting a plug-in hybrid derivative (C350e) and chances are the GLC will be available with the same hardware, combining a 211 HP (155 kW) 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with a 81 HP (60 kW) electric motor and a 8.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

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