Mercedes GLK price and release date

23 Dec, 2013 2:18pm Jonathan Burn

Updated: The Mercedes GLK will be made available in the UK and is expected to launch by 2015

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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These are the best/latest pics yet? There was a German registered GLK last week in London and it was not in disguise!