Mercedes-Benz has released a preview sketch of its coming new GLC SUV, destined to be unveiled at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Those three have been a dominant force in their segment, accounting for 76.8 percent of all midsized premium SUV sales (following are the Macan (750), XC60 (580), X4 (328), Freelander (311) and Discovery Sport (145)).
With the GLC, Mercedes will be hoping to achieve the same segment-leading position that its platform mate, the new C-Class, has achieved in the medium prestige sedan market.
The C-Class comfortably leads its key rivals in 2015, with 3967 YTD sales against the BMW 3 Series range’s 1645 and the Audi A4’s 1185 sales. (Even the CLA outsells the A4, with 1247 sales so far this year.)
Along with the sketch released today, the new GLC has also been spied testing in recent months, with TMR's eagle-eyed shooters catching the midsized SUV almost entirely undisguised. Catch more of our photos here.
The new GLC SUV will be joined by the already unveiled (in concept form) GLC Coupe, launching in Australia as a two-pronged assault on the BMW X3 and its fastbacked X4 sibling.
Engine options are expected to include a range of 2.0 litre four- and 3.0 litre six-cylinder petrol engines, joined by a 2.1 litre four-cylinder diesel in two states of tunes.
Seven- and nine-speed automatic shifters will be available, while drive configurations will include rear- and all-wheel-drive, depending on the model.
A plug-in hybrid model is also expected to join the range down the road, utilising the same petrol-electric powertrain that features in the C 350e.
Expect AMG models to headline the range, opening with a GLC 450 Sport and topping out with the hero AMG GLC 63.
Watch for the GLC to debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.