• Dec 16, 2007
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Thank the four ladies from Sex and the City for this very early sneak peek of the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Stuttgart's new compact CUV that wasn't supposed to be seen in public until the Geneva Motor Show in March. The vehicle's being used in the upcoming Sex and the City movie and was snapped completely free of camo on an open set.

Without all of the covering and cladding, it's now apparent just how sharp and chunky the GLK's styling is. Some have described it as Jeep-like, though we think it's a bit more complicated and busy than a simple slab-sided Jeep.

Curiously, the GLK will not be sold in right-hand-drive markets like the UK because its 4Matic four-wheel-drive system can't be made to work with the steering wheel on the right. Where the GLK is on sale, it will be offered with a smattering of engines, including two gas-powered V6s, a diesel V6 and diesel four-cylinder.

Considering that the GLK has long been considered a response to the BMW X3, we're wondering how you think it stacks up, at least in the area of styling. We've always considered the X3 awkward-looking, but the GLK is also a little too butch for our liking. So we guess the question is, which one's less ugly?

[Photo: Brenda Priddy & Co.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The back reminds me of the previous generation Toyota Highlander. It's not bad-looking, but it's certainly not Merc-like in any way. The X3 may be extremely bland, but it's still very BMW. The LR2/Freelander is still my pick of the premium cute-ute bunch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am avoiding Nissan/Infiniti like the plague on future purchase because of past experiences with my old cars and my current car.
      This truck looks interesting though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's it going to take for us to get some spy shots of the 2009 Infiniti FX37 and FX50?

      That's what I'm waiting on. All other midsized CUV's are a snooze.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've never seen such a ugly BENZ ever!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I'd go with the curves of an Infiniti EX.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Me, too. It'll probably be faster and handle better also.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think I would - for some reason, the GLK looks the best of all the CUVs I've seen thus far. The Acura RDX is pretty sleek and high tech looking, and the EX had some nice curves, but I mean, its an SUV, and you don't buy an SUV based on looks or handling. If you did, you'd buy the sedan version, like the TL, or G35, or 3 series. The GLK looks really butch, which I like.

        And with the way new Mercedes Benz cars are going now, this is going to have excellent build quality and decent driving dynamics. Not going to be the best handling truck in the class though, with the SH-AWD system in the RDX and the Infinity EX, but it won't be bad.

        Who else really wants to see the AMG 6.2L V8 in this thing? That would be SERIOUSLY awesome, and seriously quick to boot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like a chinese knockoff of a m-b
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I don't believe much of that blurb
      about the 4Matic not available on RHD
      cars....all the M, GL and R class cars
      have standard 4Matic and they are being
      built with LHD or RHD, it does not matter.

      As far as I know, although I help build
      these beauties, so maybe with some more
      insight could chime in...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to say it's not nice. Too high, not elegant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't like the new C class either, previous model was better looking, Sexier, just my opinion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why does bmw and benz think the same facade fits all types of class.. i don't get it. why do they put the c class face on this car.. the more i think of it, it's true that accountants do the designing more than designers and engineers!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yikes what a horrid looking SUV!
      • 7 Years Ago
      FUGLY
        Andrew
        • 7 Years Ago
        i would have to agree. its far to over-decorated, just like the C
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