The next-generation GLC is expected to be officially launched next year by Mercedes-Benz and given the success of the model that is now being phased out, the German brand says that this follow-up will be a very important one for the brand.
Based on information sourced by Auto Express, SUVs accounted for 43 per cent of the brand’s global sales. Because of this, Mercedes-Benz wants the next-generation GLC to remain a core product to its business as it has been a car that has attracted many new buyers to the brand.
Using the Modular Rear Architecture 2, it’s understood that the next-generation GLC will remain an internal combustion offering with a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engine which are both supported by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. A new plug-in hybrid model is also expected to be introduced with a battery pack that is far larger than the one found in the current model.
Where cabin equipment is concerned, the next-generation GLC is expected to adopt the interior that is being used in the current C-Class with the latest portrait-style MBUX infotainment system. While the premium SUV will remain a core product for the brand, it’s believed that Mercedes-Benz will be exploring new avenues of models as seen with the first-ever C-Class All-Terrain and a high-riding G-Class which has been spied testing on a few occasions.
Appealing to the conventional car lovers, it’s believed that the Mercedes-Benz will also be introducing the CLE moniker as a coupe that will bridge the gap between the C-Class and E-Class coupe and replace both models altogether.