• Jan 2, 2008

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is right around the corner, where Mercedes is anticipated to unveil the vehicle you see here: the Mercedes-Benz GLK Freeside concept. Official images and details are expected in a manner of days, but someone at Daimler headquarters has apparently let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

Like the "Vision" concepts that Mercedes used to give us in the '90s, the GLK Freeside "show-car" is more of a pre-production prototype than a design study, and is tipped to closely mirror what the production GLK will look like. We already got a preview of the production model when the GLK showed up undisguised on the set of Sex and the City, of all places. The "Freeside" moniker, which seems dangerously close to the "Freelander" named used by Land Rover, is not expected to carry over when the little truck goes into production.

This leaked photo comes at a busy time for Mercedes, which recently gave us the new SLK (and SLK 55 AMG), a teaser shot of the new SL roadster and leaked photos of the facelifted CLS-Class all in the past couple of weeks.

[Source: Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't know Mercedes started making RAV4s?!?
      • 7 Years Ago
      MB styling is going downhill fast. The new C-class is blech and this thing is generic dated.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cadillac wants their front clip back.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Freeside is closer to Freestyle than to Freelander, I hope its fate is better. What this little SUV isn't close to at all, is to that 1st gen. Highlander monstrosity as a reader implies above.

      Looking good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like junk
      • 7 Years Ago
      fugly... facelifted X3 looks better IMO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It fills a spot in the line up, but does nothing to attract new buyers other than having a nice badge.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah,

        But the badge is what it is all about to most of the marketplace.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks more like a Subaru Forester to me.

      Mercedes styling is getting more and more "meh" as of late. That deep crease in the side looks like a leftover from the Chrysler Crossfire. It looked hideous there, and looks even worse carved into every new Merc.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was gonna say, this has some serious Dodge/Chrysler cues in it. especially the sides and towards the rear. You'd think Daimler would have learned its lesson on that front. Yikes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      boring
      • 7 Years Ago
      On that rocky trail, those huge rims would get bent before you can say "bling!"

      Nothing groundbreaking, but not a bad-looking little truck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1st-gen Highlander, anyone?
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