This is an exclusive image of Mercedes-Benz’s the GLC.
Set to go hit global showrooms in 2013, the new BMW X1 rival forms part of an impressive range of new models set to hail from the German car maker’s flexible new MFA (modular front architecture) platform.
Those models will also include replacements for other Mercedes models, together with a new price-leading four-door coupé-like saloon that’s set to be badged CLC and potentially an estate, called CLT.
Among the four-cylinder engines that Mercedes has planned for the GLC is a turbocharged 1.8-litre, direct-injection petrol unit. It will be offered in two different states of tune: 168bhp in the GLC200 CGI and a gutsier 201bhp in the range-topping GLC250 CGI.
The diesel engines will be a Renault-sourced 120bhp 1.6 in the GLC180, together with two different versions of Mercedes’ 2.1-litre diesel unit, developing 170bhp in the GLC200 CDI and 204bhp in the GLC250 CDI.
All engines will come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission set to be optional on higher-end models. As part of Mercedes’ BlueEfficiency initiative, features such as brake energy recuperation, electro-mechanical steering and automatic stop-start will also be included as standard.