2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC X253 facelift and new features & engine revealed

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The upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC has been spotted testing in Germany.

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It will come with Level 2 driver assistance technology, the same level as the current C-Class, and a new diesel engine when it is released next year, Autocar reports.

The new GLC will have all the same autonomous technology as the C-Class, its saloon cousin, including technology to assist the driver in keeping in lane and the ability to drive itself entirely independently for up to 15 seconds.

The Star 2.3 platform, the company's latest electric system which is also used in the new C-Class, enables the new features.

The current GLC engine, the OM651 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel, will be replaced by a new one called the OM654, which will come in 200d, 220d and 300d models.

The new engine will reportedly be the company's first ever all-aluminium four-cylinder engine.

The 2.0-litre engine will also apparently offer enhanced performance and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, compared to its predecessor.

It is thought that the new GLC will have Mercedes's latest infotainment system, known as MBUX.

The MBUX system uses an in-car touchscreen and advanced on-board voice recognition systems.

The camouflage seen on the GLC being tested suggests that aesthetic changes in the facelift will be minimal and limited to the bumpers and headlamps.

The electric model of the SUV, called the EQ C, will also apparently have MBUX, and share much of its structure with the GLC.

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