The Mercedes GLK is set to arrive in the UK from 2015, based on the new C-Class, and these spy shots reveal what to expect.
It’s clear that underneath the swirly camouflage is a much softer design than the current boxy car, which is sold in left-hand-drive markets around the world. Unfortunately for the UK, the current GLK’s platform couldn’t be reengineered for right-hand drive.
Four and two-wheel-drive cars will be offered from launch, while the engine line-up should mirror that found in the new C-Class. With that in mind, expect to see a GLK 220 diesel, featuring 168bhp and fuel economy of around 70mpg and a GLK 350 powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel. Petrol engines could include the 1.6-litre turbo GLK 180 and the 2.0-litre GLK 200.
There’s no official word on a hot AMG version yet but the forthcoming 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 would undoubtedly be under the bonnet if Mercedes did decide to go ahead with it. There currently isn’t a GLK AMG but every other SUV in Mercedes’ line-up does have a flagship performance variant.
With the arrival of the GLA early in 2014, the GLK will take Mercedes’ SUV tally up to five – completed by the GL, M and G-Class models. A couple more off-roaders are believed to be on the cards, too, including a BMW X6 rival, also slated for 2015.
When the new GLK arrives in the UK, expect it to cost around £30,000, matching the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.