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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Debuts New Name and Look for Former GLK

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/17/2015 Scott Burgess

Hugo may be Boss, but today the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC took charge of the fashion baron's corporate headquarters outside of Stuttgart, Germany.

The all-new entry-level SUV rolled onto the runway after the models during an introduction of forced metaphors and strained comparisons between well-tailored suits and sharply dressed vehicles. Of course, the debut ended with a Hugo Boss-clad Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche greeting the GLC's new spokeswoman and model who stepped out of the GLC to flashing lights and hundreds of applauding enthusiasts, business people, and media.

While exact figures were not released, the GLC will arrive in America in November with a starting price under $40,000, comparable to the GLK, which it replaces.

2016 Mercedes Benz GLC Class 4Matic© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Benz GLC Class 4Matic 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Debuts New Name and Look for Former GLK

The stylish SUV was certainly the star of the 45-minute debut that included some of Mercedes' most important executives such as Thomas Weber, who heads Mercedes research and development. The GLC will take on the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in the small SUV category, a group that continues to see growth as Americans clamor for small SUVs and crossovers.

With the GLC, there's lots to like with an air suspension, beautiful interior, and either rear- or all-wheel drive configurations. In the U.S., those will be GLC300 and GLC300 4Matic models, respectively. There have been no announced plans for diesel, hybrid, or AMG models, but it is likely that more variants of the GLC will come, eventually.

But today was just about showcasing the new lines and new name. Other models will have to wait for the next fashion season before they arrive.

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