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Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Crossover Spied Undisguised

The replacement for the GLK gets smoother surfaces.

Our spy photographers got the best look yet at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC, the next version of the crossover formerly known as the GLK-Class. Now that the camouflage has lifted, it's obvious that the new GLC will go for a smoother, curvier design than its boxy predecessor. The GLC has a lower, more sloped nose than today's GLK, with gently curved bodysides, a sloped rear liftgate, and a curving silhouette topped by chrome roof rails.

The crossover will be renamed Mercedes-Benz GLC when it launches this summer to fall in line with Mercedes' new alphanumeric naming scheme. The GLK-Class becomes the GLC-Class because all crossovers receive the "GL" prefix, and the GLK is related to the C-Class sedan in terms of size and pricing.

Also similar to the C-Class is the interior of this Mercedes-Benz GLC prototype. Like the AUTOMOBILE All-Stars-winning sedan, the GLC features a large color screen atop its dashboard, a trio of circular air vents, and a row of switches on a center stack that curves downward to meet the center console. There, Mercedes' new touch controller and traditional rotary controller allow the driver to operate the infotainment screen.

It's likely the new Mercedes-Benz GLC will use the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engines from the new C-Class sedan. Earlier spy photos also showed that Mercedes-AMG is developing a high-performance version of the new crossover, which could pack a version of the C63's twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, or the uprated 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 from the C450 AMG Sport.

Look for more details closer to the launch of the Mercedes-Benz GLC this summer.