Zetsche did not give specific sales forecasts for the GLC but said Mercedes has sold 650,000 GLKs worldwide since its launch in 2008. It will also be offered for the first time in right-hand drive, which should increase GLC sales in "the double-digits," compared with its predecessor, said Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes board member for sales and marketing.
The U.S. and China will be the biggest markets for the GLC. Which market will be No. 1 "is a toss-up," Kaellenius said.
Like its sister C-class sedan, the five-seat GLC moves up in size and features.
It is no longer Mercedes' entry crossover because of the addition of the GLA crossover last fall. There is more interior space, especially in the rear.
The GLK has a boxy shape, making it a smaller version of the G-class SUV. The GLC is sleeker and more modern looking with flowing lines.