The next-generation Mercedes
GLK has been spotted testing, and this time it'll be coming to UK
shores. The previous model couldn't be engineered in right-hand drive so
missed out on some crucial sales.
In order to make room in the Mercedes range for the recently introduced GLA,
the new GLK will be slightly larger than the model it replaces. Looking
at the images you can see front axle of the GLK has been moved forward
slightly and the bonnet stretched to accommodate the larger wheelbase.
Much of the new design remains hidden beneath the swathes of black
and white tape, but the GLK is expected to take several design cues such
as the bold two-bar grille from the upcoming Mercedes C-Class
on which its based. The sloping roofline also gives it a more sporting
appearance as opposed to the boxy stance of its predecessor.
Mechanically, engine options are likely to be the same as you’ll find
in the redesigned C-Class due one year before the GLK, in 2014. A new
entry-level turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine could be
available with the turbocharged 2.1-litre four-pot diesel likely to be
carried over into the new GLK 250 BlueTEC. A 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor
should remain in the GLK 350.
Expected to launch late 2015, prices are likely to start at around £30,000. For more details click here.