Spied: Mercedes-Benz GLK with less camouflage

Mercedes-Benz’s latest GLK-Class prototypes have just dropped some more camouflage, and most of the car’s key styling elements are now visible. Prior GLK prototypes were carefully padded over the entire body, to hide the true design.

That padding has now been largely replaced by a thin black veneer which does little to hide sharply detailed fender flares and the chiseled midsection sculpting that has been put into play on the GLK.

The headight and tail-light shapes are now visible for the first time. The GLK’s styling is true to its name, as it looks every bit like a Kleine GL — its seven-passenger sibling which sits atop the Mercedes sport-utility range.

The GLK shares the platform with the new C-Class, and the main engine for the U.S. is expected to be a 3.5-liter V6 making about 270 horsepower with a torque rating of 260 pound-feet. Additional engines, including diesel options are also definitely in the cards, although many of the alternative powerplants will be sold solely in Europe.

The GLK’s primary competitors are the BMW X3, Acura RDX, and the Land Rover LR2. Look for a debut in spring 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show.

November 1, 2007


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