Pricing has not been announced, but Mercedes officials confirmed an estimated starting price under $39,000.
In the U.S. market, Mercedes-Benz will offer the 2016 GLC in two versions: the GLC300 rear-wheel-drive model and the all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic.
The 2016 GLC features all-new sheet metal and a new interior design, compared with its predecessor, the 2015 GLK.
The silhouette of the GLC is less boxy, with a more rounded coupelike roof line, and the wheelbase has been extended by 4.6 inches, providing more space for front and rear occupants. Despite its larger size, the GLC is 176 pounds lighter than the outgoing GLK.
Fuel economy is expected to improve over the GLK, but the EPA has not yet posted official fuel economy numbers on the GLC.
At its U.S. launch, the 2016 GLC300 will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed 9G-tronic automatic transmission is standard. Mercedes-Benz said additional powertrain choices will be available in 2016 and 2017.
The GLC's standard suspension uses steel springs and variable dampers. A new multi-chamber air suspension system called Air Body Control that increases ride comfort and agility will be optional.
Mercedes-Benz will offer a variety of advanced safety and driver assistance systems on the GLC.
Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist are standard, while Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Pre-Safe Plus are bundled in an optional Driver Assistance package.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not rated the GLC.
Among the other options are LED headlamps, running boards, a panoramic glass roof and wheels in diameters up to 20 inches.
The 2016 GLC also will be offered with an AMG Line for performance-minded buyers that includes 19-inch wheels, AMG bumpers, twin chrome-plated exhaust pipes, polished aluminum trim and anodized aluminum roof rails.
Edmunds says: The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC arrives just in time, as the compact luxury crossover segment is one of the most competitive in the industry right now. The GLC's long list of safety and performance features should make it a top contender when it arrives this fall.