New Prototype Mercedes-Benz SUVs Spied: GLE, GLC & EQC Prototypes Testing in Death Valley

These Mercedes were caught testing in the scorching Mojave Desert.

Thanks to our viewer Mark who spotted a group of prototype Mercedes-Benz SUVs testing in Death Valley. Mark appears to have caught the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLC & EQC in one fell swoop.

Lets start with the GLC, which is Mercedes’ compact SUV. The refreshed model clearly has a redesigned front end. The grill is particularly reminiscent of two new vehicles in the Mercedes lineup, the CLS Coupe and the all-new A-Class sedan.

The GLE also looks like it has been to the styling department. The grill shape is tweaked slightly. Overall, it seems to have a slightly more upright appearance.

The last prototype to take note of here is the EQC, which we have already seen some pictures of in camouflage. The EQ line will be a new set of electric vehicles for Mercedes-Benz. The EQC will be a similar size category to the GLC. It will be the compact electric SUV.

Mercedes-Benz has not revealed any of these cars in their un-camouflaged forms just yet. Thanks again to Mark for sending us these pictures!

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We have had a taste of Mercedes’ electrification efforts recently. Mike had the chance to review the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC E350. To see what he thought, check out the video below:

Michael Curtis
Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently works for TFL full time as an editor, videographer, presenter & writer. In his spare time, he stays plugged into the car community through meets and other events.