This is far from the first time that the new GLC has been photographed ahead of its debut. Whereas previous prototypes were spotted covered head-to-toe in a layer of swirly and distracting disguise, the car we see here has only a few bits of matte black tape.
At the front, Mercedes-Benz doesn't want to give the game away entirely, but we can see C-Class-style headlights complete with hockey stick LED driving lights. The prototype here has a silver-coloured surround for the lower air dam, and is equipped with parking and safety sensors.
Along the flanks Mercedes-Benz has tried to hide the car's shoulder line with a few boxy false panel pieces. Out the rear, this GLC prototype gives us our first good look at the production car's tail-light shape and graphics. Underneath this is a bumper with a silver bash plate-style lower section.
This time around our photographers weren't able to snap pictures of the GLC's interior, but earlier spy photos showed that the new crossover will feature an interior lifted almost entirely holus-bolus from the C-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is set to debut in the middle of June, and is expected to feature most of the petrol and diesel drivetrain options seen in the related C-Class.
Unlike the GLK, which it will replace, the GLC has been engineered and will be built in right-hand drive. Mercedes-Benz Australia has already confirmed that the C-Class-based crossover will go on sale in Australia. Sales may begin locally as early as the fourth quarter of 2015.