2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class spy shots
The latest 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 comfort and space.
Much of the design remains hidden beneath heavy camouflage gear 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.
The car’s mechanical package will be shared with the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is due around the same time. And with the new C-Class set to be manufactured at Mercedes’ plant in the U.S., there’s a good chance the new GLK will join it. This second-generation GLK 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 in the U.S. may be a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which will likely be found in a new GLK250. The current GLK’s turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel should carry over into a new GLK250 BlueTEC while a V-6 should also remain in the GLK350 model. It’s not clear if Mercedes will finally decide to launch an AMG variant, but we certainly hopes it does.
We currently expect the new GLK to launch late next year, as a 2015 model, though its arrival may be pushed back to the start of the 2016 model year.