Expected this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show and likely go on sale here as an early 2016 model, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has been spotted testing in Germany with only light camouflage. Based on the latest C-Class platform, this replacement for the existing GLK-Class appears to have gained a bit more overall size as well as a modest wheelbase stretch. These gains should put a bit more visual as well as functional distance between it and the subcompact GLA-Class -- as well as make M-B's newest SUV offering more competitive against key rivals like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

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The transition from GLK to GLC nomenclature is accompanied by a cleaner, more contemporary exterior design. That enhanced character is evident in its reworked cabin. The all-new dash of the GLC shows a clear kinship with its C-Class cousin, including prominent circular center vents, a large freestanding infotainment screen and a new Comand multimedia controller in the center console. Here, too, it incorporates M-B's latest touchpad technology that recognizes smartphone-style gestures and also offers haptic feedback to help reduce driver distraction. In addition to gasoline and diesel engine choices, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is expected to offer a hybrid powertrain as well as some form of AMG-enhanced sport/performance package.  

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