A fully camouflaged prototype of the Mercedes-Benz GLC has been spied at a gas station getting a refill.

A fully camouflaged prototype of the Mercedes-Benz GLC has been spied at a gas station getting a refill.

The last time our spies captured on camera a prototype it didn't have the rear doors but now the compact crossover was fully bodied and wrapped around in camouflage to hide an entirely new design compared to the boxy look of the outgoing GLK. Aside from being massively restyled, the new model will also come with a different name as Mercedes-Benz will sell the car as the GLC to point out its connection to the similarly-sized C-Class upon which it will be based as it will borrow the MRA platform.

Featuring a curvaceous body, the GLC should turn out to be more attractive in the eyes of the younger audience that isn't a big fan of the aging GLK's blocky styling. Previous spy shots have shown the interior cabin will be largely carried over from the C-Class so expect better materials and a more upscale finish compared to its predecessor.

The engine lineup will also be sourced from the C-Class, all the way up to the twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine which will power the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 which is believed to see the light of production day even though the current generation never received the fully-fledged AMG treatment.

Mercedes-Benz has described 2015 as being the year of the SUV and have already confirmed the bigger GLE and GLS will be out in the following months. Chances are the GLC will also be introduced in 2015, possibly in the second half. It will be bigger than the model it replaces in order to distance itself from the GLA which now serves as the entry-level crossover.

As a side note, in one of the attached spy images you will notice what appears to be an interesting pick-up conversion for an orange W123.

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