The GLK is the second generation compact crossover from Mercedes-Benz. It will be directly competing with the BMW X3, Lexus RX and the Audi Q5 once it is launched. It will use the same architecture as the C-class but the foundation from the 2015 C. The style will look more like a car than its predecessor which had a facelift earlier in the year. It will have a good selection of assistance systems and it is expected that there will be the option of a head-up display as well. It will also be a lot more efficient than the current model having reached 19/25 in EPA testing on the petrol models.
Crossover sales are really good at the moment and so this will be an important model for the company. It will be a more traditional Mercedes as well, unlike the GLA which is coming very soon and is smaller. Therefore it may please those customers that like a more traditional look and style. The GLA will please those people who want an entry level crossover though and the GLK will be a more luxurious model capable on and off road driving.
The powertrain is likely to be either four or six cylinders with the option of rear or all wheel drive. The four cylinder option will have a 2.0 litre engine like the one on the CLA250 but suitable for rear wheel driving. It could be that the 329hp engine form the coming E400 could be the power plant. It is expected that there will be a seven speed automatic gearbox when it is launched but the nine speed slushbox will become an option once it is launched. There will be a 2.1 litre diesel engine as well which is likely to be the one that is on the current GLK250 Blue Tec and there also could be a hybrid and a V8 powered AMG.
It is expected that the car will be revealed in 2015 probably in the spring at Shanghai or New York during their auto show. It is expected that they will appear for sale six months later at a price of around $40,000 for the most basic model.