A batch of Mercedes-Benz GLC prototypes were caught on camera while undergoing final testing.

A batch of Mercedes-Benz GLC prototypes were caught on camera while undergoing final testing.

Spotted in the same location where the 2016 E-Class prototypes were photographed, the GLCs have very little disguise so we get a pretty clear image of what to expect from the compact crossover which will replace the outgoing GLK. It's based on the C-Class which is why the exterior styling is so familiar and in previous spy shots we saw the interior cabin will be largely carried over.

Set to go up against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, the GLA should be a more attractive choice compared to its predecessor for young customers as it will lose the boxy appearance and opt for a more curvaceous design in line with current cars wearing the three-pointed star.

There's not much to talk about the engines and gearboxes since these will be largely carried over from the C-Class W205 and chances are Mercedes-Benz will launch an AMG Sport variant in the same vein as the C450 AMG Sport. It sits right under the fully-fledged AMG model and packs a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine with 367 HP (270 kW) and 517 Nm (382 lb-ft).

While the GLK never received the AMG treatment, later during the GLC's lifespan there's going to be a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 range-topping version with the twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter from the C63 & C63 S duo where it churns 476 HP & 650 Nm and 510 HP & 700 Nm, respectively. We remind you the GLK is sold only with a LHD configuration, but the new one has been engineered with a right-hand drive layout so it will be commercialized in more countries, including UK, Australia, Japan and India.

Taking into account these prototypes had very little camo, a full reveal is expected in the following months.

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