2016 Mercedes GLC continues testing in Germany; India launch next year

2016 Mercedes GLC which was unveiled last month continues testing in Germany and an ardent Rushlane reader has sent in these spyshots. Known as GLK in its previous generation, the premium crossover based on the underpinnings of C Class will be available in RHD configuration for the first time.

2016 Mercedes GLC spied front three quarter
GLC is based on new C Class and is much lighter than its predecessor.

Just like new C Class which benefits from extensive use of aluminium in construction, 2016 GLC will be significantly lighter than its predecessor. The car will slot between GLA and GLE in India with cross-hairs trained on the likes of Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60.

2016 Mercedes GLC spied profile
The car would be launched in India sometime next year.

The SUV will be available in global markets with a family of 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged direct injection petrol and diesel engines, all mated to standard 9-G Tronic automatic transmission and 4MATIC AWD system.

2016 Mercedes GLC spied rear
It’s likely to be locally assembled at Chakan plant.

Equipment will be derived from new C Class which means we can expect a comprehensive suite of comfort, safety and assistance features as standard in addition to optional kit like AIR BODY CONTROL.

2016 Mercedes GLC spied side
It will slot between GLA and GLE.

2016 Mercedes GLC is expected to go on sale in international markets shortly after its motor show debut in Frankfurt in September. Launch in India can be expected in 2016 and the car would eventually be locally assembled at MB India’s expanded Chakan assembly facility.