The smallest member of the Mercedes-Benz utility vehicle range, the GLK-Class has only been on the market for a couple of years now. Hardly in need of an update, then, but that hasn't stopped the Silver Star automaker from working on a little refresh for the boxy little crossover.

We first saw spy shots of a facelifted GLK being tested way back in May, and now the prototype has reared its angular head once again, this time for cold-weather testing way up in the northern lands of Sweden.

The exterior is pretty much as expected: new bumper caps front and rear, with new lights at both ends as well, including LED daytime running lamps. But for the first time, we can now see the updated interior, which adopts some of the retro cues from the SLS AMG while moving the shifter (for better or worse) from the center console to a steering-column stalk. Take a closer look for yourself in the gallery to see what Benz has in store.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is in desperate need of an updated exterior, interior and engine options. 21mpg highway just isn't going to cut it anymore...BlueTec needs to make its way to this car especially!
      Pnt Stl
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always liked the GLK's design in the segment for small/med sized SUVs. It's got that hard corners akin to the G-wagons or the Rover Defenders to throw a sense of durability, but have just enough curves on the sheet metal to look modern.
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks more like a Subaru Forester. Brilliant styling!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      kcroc10077
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...the GLK-Class has only been on the market for a couple of years now. Hardly in need of an update... I wholeheartedly disagree. Do you see this miserable, derivative POS Mercedes is pushing on unsuspecting badge ******? What's Mercedes' new tagline..."The Best Or Nothing". Take a look at the GLK and tell me where the GLK excels? Makes you wonder if Mercedes is serious about regaining their spot at the pinnacle of automotive excellence or are they just talking sh*t.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kcroc10077
        My uncle has a GLK350. It's a nice car. Well built, reliable, comfortable and it also has good offroad qualities. My uncle doesn't race it nor does he drive it on a racetrack. The GLK delivers traditional Mercedes values. You want something sportier? Go for an X1/X3 or a Q3/Q5. The GLK isn't my cup of tea either but at least I keep an open mind about these cars. I'm not the target market of the GLK and you're not the target market either kcroc10077.
        superchan7
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kcroc10077
        What customers want in "automotive excellence" is exactly what MB delivers in its small models: a car that feels like a tank, with some decent toys that are not always the newest and sharpest. No other brand delivers this like MB, especially with the GLK. Most journalists agree it feels like a tank--whether driving or shutting a door. It makes the layman driver feel "safe", and that is priceless in the world of sales. You can always get an MB with the best of the best in tech. You just need to shell out $90K+ for an S-class, and then thousands and thousands more in maintenance when those toys break. Bias? The GLK is not my cup of tea, but my relatives have one and I don't blame them. If you like toys, buy an Audi and have fun with mid-life maintenance.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @superchan7
          damn those stereotypes are getting old
      Lex Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drove the new X3 in a recent BMW test drive event, along with Q5, GLK and RX, and out of this bunch, GLK is simply the worst of the worst. Exterior and interior design are very dated. Everything seems be soon falling apart inside. The navigation is still in year 2000 and no feedback from steering and acceleration. I feel really bad for the GLK owner as it is one of the worst SUV out there. MB will need a major redesign to boost the image and stay in the game.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lex Lee
        Bullshit. Man, people need to get over the whole "If I don't like the styling the car is crap" attitude. The GLK is a solid alternative in this class. My uncle has one, a GLK350. A very nice car. I've said it before that the GLK delivers traditional MB values: safety, comfort, spacious cabin are just some of the great features of the GLK. Would I buy one? No. I'm not crazy about the GLK but to me it's unique-looking. Far nicer than the boring Q5/X3 and the dreadfully lame Lexus RX. I've driven the Lexus RX which I found to be boring inside and out.
          kcroc10077
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          I understand it's all relative and dependent on your particular tastes. You don't like the RX and that's fine *but* it is a solid vehicle. I'm no fan of the GLK. It doesn't deliver what I would want. Honestly, if choosing between the RX, GLK, X3 and Q5 I'll take the Audi everyday and twice on Sunday.
          David J. Bernstein
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          It's all relative, you're right. I'm just saying that the GLK isn't a bad car. Most people simply hate on it because they don't like the styling, that's all. That's essentially judging a car based on appearance and I don't want to know how these people judge other human beings based on appearance...
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks first gen rav-4.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I seriously feel like falling asleep after viewing these pictures. The Infiniti EX35 looks much better than this and will outperform it.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        "The Infiniti EX35 looks much better than this and will outperform it." LOL I have to laugh at people like this Justin clown who talks about "performance" in SUVs. Who gives a damn about performance? Do you really think people buy SUVs for performance? All that sporty touting from Infiniti and BMW regarding their SUVs is just MARKETING. The vast majority of consumers want something comfortable (and comfortable to get into), spacious and safe in any car, including these entry-level SUVs. Nobody cares about "performance" except the weirdos on various car forums that think 0-60 is everything. The performance of the GLK is completely adequate and sufficient to the target market it is aimed at.
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Either improve the mileage or put in a larger gas tank so you can go more than 280 miles combined driving.
        CarCrazy24
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Totally agree, the mileage is terrible. 21mpg highway was acceptable about 10 years back, not anymore. This car deserves a diesel.
      kiron
      • 3 Years Ago
      MB desing, imported from china.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        If they mean automatic transmission shifter, then it does not matter where it is located. The typical driver will mash it from park to drive when she is ready to take off, and will then crash it back into park when she reaches a parking place. It could be push-button and would work as well. If you are talking about manual transmission, I recall using 4-on-the-tree linkage on a Mercedes, but mounting it on the center hump provides a more direct linkage. I suspect the typical buyer for this SUV doesn't know how to drive manual.....
          mark_m
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BG
          Do you really think they'd offer a manual in this thing.. and a column shift one at that!
      • 3 Years Ago
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