Mercedes-Benz GLC online launch confirmed for June 17

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The production version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC will be unveiled on June 17. Daimler has officially confirmed the online launch of its new SUV, ahead of the car’s public debut at the Frankfurt motor show.

All spy pictures so far show the obvious styling nods the new GLC is giving to its bigger brother, the recently launched GLE. The new SUV aims to reproduce GLE’s recipe on a smaller scale. Hence, the boxy profile of the GLK is replaced by curvier lines and a more steeply raked roof.

Codenamed X253, the new Mercedes-Benz GLC will be based on the current C-Class’ modular architecture, featuring a longer wheelbase, lower ground-clearance and wider tracks. The front axle will be pushed forward, while the front driveshaft will also be relocated to allow space for right-hand drive. As a result, the new GLC will also be available in RHD guise, a first for Mercedes’ medium-sized SUV. A bigger wheelbase translates into more generous interior accommodation.

The engine line will be a mix of four and six cylinder units with a ‘GLC350′ plug-in hybrid version, available shortly after launch. In fact, the eco version will use the same powertrain used by the C-Class’ own hybrid version, matting a 2-liter turbo with 211 HP to a 60 kw electric engine, for an electric range of 30 km.

Mercedes-Benz GLC is set to arrive in showrooms this Autumn, following the reported June 17 unveil. A sporty GLC Coupe, the production version of the sleek concept unveiled at this year’s Shanghai motor show is expected to join the range no later than 2016.