In 2015, after 7 years, Mercedes will replace GLK with a new generation based on the platform of actual C-Class.
As these spy shots confirm once again, the new Mercedes GLK will be slightly larger than the model it replaces, in order to make more room for the compact SUV GLA.. The prototype clearly has a longer wheelbase than the current GLK, and its track is wider, too. We can also see that the hood has been stretched and the front axle pushed forward to accommodate the longer wheelbase.
This should translate to more interior space and improved dynamics. It also means the new GLK will better match rivals such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in terms of space and comfort because the rivals mentioned above offer a slightly larger interior.
Much of the design remains hidden beneath heavy camouflage but it looks like the vehicle will adopt some familiar Mercedes styling cues. The proportions appear much sportier than those of the current GLK and the roof more steeply sloped towards the rear, hinting at a coupe-like profile. The rear window on this prototype is a temporary unit used to fool onlookers.
New GLK will share the platform used for the new C-Class and will also finally get a right-hand-drive configuration, enabling the vehicle to enter new markets such as the U.K., Japan and Australia.
The base engine may be a new turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder, which will likely be found in a new GLK 250. The current GLK’s turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel should carry over into a new GLK 250 BlueTEC while a V6 should also remain in a new GLK 350. It’s not clear if Mercedes will finally decide to launch an AMG variant. Taking into consideration that the new generation is more dynamic, a sporty SUV-coupe version is in preparation and an AMG version would have great chances.
According to some informations, new GLK could be presented at Geneva motorshow in march 2015.