Spied: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Expected to bow in Frankfurt, the GLC will replace the GLK.

A Leftlane reader was kind enough to send us the best pictures yet of the upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Designed to replace the GLK-Class, the GLC will be presented to the public next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The pictures confirm that the GLC ditches the GLK's boxy lines in favor of a softer look that borrows styling cues from Mercedes' latest design language. Inspired by the GLE-Class, the GLC's front end gets elongated headlights, a shield-shaped radiator grille with two slats and a hood accented by a pair of discreet power domes. Out back, the GLC appear to be fitted with horizontal tail lamps similar to the ones found on the C-Class station wagon sold in Europe.

Mechanically, the GLC will be offered with the same engines as the C-Class, meaning entry-level models will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 241 horsepower. Higher-end variants will benefit from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that will make 329 horsepower, and a powerful AMG-tuned model will more than likely round out the lineup a little later in the production run.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class will go on sale across the nation in about a year. Additional details will emerge in the weeks leading up to the Frankfurt show.

What's next? The GLC-Class will spawn a style-focused model called GLC Coupe that will fight head-to-head against the BMW X4. Presented as a thinly-veiled concept last week in Shanghai, the GLC Coupe will get smaller wheels, normal door handles and different door mirrors but its overall silhouette will make the jump from concept to production with only minor modifications. The GLC Coupe is scheduled to make its debut at next year's edition of the Detroit Motor Show.

Photos courtesy of Chris K.

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