The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class competes in the ultra-popular compact luxury SUV segment, counting the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 among its chief rivals. With the current model getting a little long in the tooth, Mercedes has an all-new GLK planned for 2015 that promises to be both sportier and more family-friendly than the model it replaces. More interior room, a larger cargo area, and a menacing design with steeply sloped roof along the lines of the more-compact GLA-Class are about all we can gather from spy shots to date. IN this hugely important segment to overall profitability, the new GLK needs to be a great SUV, and we fully expect Mercedes-Benz to deliver.
Not much is known about powertrains and features as of yet, but we fully expect the GLK to take its engines from the just-introduced new C-Class. That would mean a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with around 235 horsepower and a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with in the neighborhood of 350 horsepower. The 2.1-liter turbodiesel from the 2014 GLK250 BlueTec is expect to carry over, as well. The GLK has not received a high-performance AMG variant to date, but that may change with the new model generation.
An interior known for a ton of luxury amenities but not a whole lot of space will become larger with the new model in both its passenger and cargo areas, and will feature the latest in Mercedes infotainment tech dominated by a large information screen mounted high on the dash. The screen will be controlled with Mercedes-Benz's COMAND controller interface, which has performed better than touchscreen units as far as ease of operation while driving. Seating will once again be for five passengers, though the rear seating area especially will be more spacious than before.
The new GLK-Class is expected to make its official debut later this year, most likely at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with a release date early next year as a 2015 or 2016 model.