Mercedes-Benz's GLC is undergoing a mid-cycle update and the facelifted small luxury SUV was spied roaming around with its front bumper and headlights hidden under a layer of camouflage. Photographers even managed to take a picture of the prototype’s interior.
First appearing on showroom floors in 2015 as a 2016 model, the GLC has rapidly become an important model in Mercedes’ lineup with 48,643 units sold in the United States alone last year. With how we’ll the current gen-GLC is doing, Mercedes may be somewhat hesitant to change too much of a good thing, thus the small area that’s under revision.
Probably still in the early stages of its facelift, only the headlight, grille and bumper is hidden. From what little we can see, the headlamps feature a new daytime running light design, most likely using Mercedes’ latest Multibeam LED technology.
CarScoops claims the “biggest aesthetic revisions can be found inside”. From the looks of it, the updated GLC will be sporting a larger infotainment screen and a new touchpad in the center console, similar to what you’d find in the updated 2019 C-Class. Shame the A-Class’ advanced dual-screen system won’t be making an appearance.
Not only will the 2019 GLC receive an aesthetic update, the 2.1-liter diesel engine in Euro-spec models will be replaced by a 2.0-liter unit delivering 195 horsepower. Keep an eye out for the updated Mercedes GLC when it hits the market next year followed by the States.