• Jan 3, 2008
click above for 22 high-res images of the Mercedes-Benz GLK Vision FREESIDE

We brought you five images of the Mercedes-Benz GLK Vision GLK FREESIDE when news broke on it last night, but today MB has released a full slate of photography showing its new soft-roader from every angle. We can't say it necessarily helps, as the GLK still looks like something you'd place on the kitchen counter to hold your good set of knives. So many sharp angles, creases and hard lines tries to impart an air of SUV-ness to the GLK that just doesn't work as well as it does on the full-size GL SUV. Nevertheless, the GLK has some promising hardware hiding underneath its butch exterior that includes a BLUETEC four-cylinder diesel, 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission and a new 4MATIC all-wheel drive that's as efficient as a two-wheel-drive set up. We're also eager to climb inside the GLK to determine how the interior stacks up to its cross-town competition from BMW, as well as similarly sized and less expensive CUVs. There's certainly money to be made in the CUV business, but the question is how much will the GLK make for Mercedes-Benz? Look for our live coverage of the 2008 Detroit Auto Show beginning Sunday, January 13th to find out.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh MY God look up FUGLY in a dictionary and a picture of this thing right next to the BMW X3 should be there.

      No seriously, can't wait for the Lexus in this class. Should be the good looking one along with the Infiniti.

      And what's with all these companies making cheap small cars? Someone saying this could cost under $30k??? Why do we need non luxury brands then anymore? Crazy...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this has three locking differentials and can be lifted to fit 35" tires with 16" wheels, consider me sold.

      Mr. Neff, any idea if this thing has locking differentials or even some kind of transfer case?
      • 7 Years Ago
      >>> After studying the bevy of photos of the new GLK Freeside's styling I'm forced to sit a moment and ponder this latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz stable of vehicles.

      Hmmmmmmmmm?

      Nope! I don't like. Enough said.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this really could be built out of a forester. It is truly UGLY. the greenhouse is too big... just doesn't look proportionate. The X3 as well is ugly. Lets hope Audi gets this segment right...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a very successful execution of exterior styling for a crossover vehicle. I'm sure that won't stop this thing from selling well, though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does this so resemble something Mitsu would build? Maybe it's just me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was thinking Forester when it first was unveiled. Every pic has continued to make it look Subie. Not a good thing since Subie is making uglier and uglier cars lately.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Suba-ruba-ruuuuuu!"
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Ligor

        I really find it hard to believe that Mercedes will let this go for anything less than $35, maybe. In a EX35, X3, GLK comparo, I have a feeling the Infiniti will beat the Germans in value.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah right

        Subaru only wishes their SUV's looked this good, and still this is not very good looking

        But if it comes in at $25-32k then we might ahve something, as even a piece of crap Escape will get upwards of $26k.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its sad, but, however ugly we might believe this car to be. Mercedes will probably sell everyone.

      The preferable Forrester is great for the kind of car that it is, but there are going to be some moms who'd rather take thier dogs to the shampooer (is that even a word) in this, rather than a Subaru.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugly as it is, I foresee Vancouver overflowing with them in 2 years. There are just too many rich, but tasteless, people living here...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah Vancouver will really begin to change with the arrival of this model.
        • 7 Years Ago
        what's that saying.... fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, it does closely resemble a Forester.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Without comparing photos, it reminds me of a first-generation Mazda Demio, and that's a micro-MPV. The overall shape, the fold in the side, the shape of the third window... It worked on the Demio, but on a Mercedes SUV?

      Where are the times of the 190? Subtle, simple, slighty agressive, lots of presence...
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