Our spy shooters recently caught this early prototype of the next Mercedes-Benz GLK, and it appears that the boxy little crossover, well, isn't. The very familiar two-box, upright design of the current model (that we all rather like, by the way) looks to be going away in favor of something that's a bit more streamlined and fluid.

That's probably just as well, since the new GLK is expected to grow in size in order to better separate it from the recently unveiled GLA-Class. And with a more curvaceous body, the larger dimensions of the next GLK will likely be better masked.

The next GLK will share its platform with the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and thus, powertrains will likely be shared between the two. That means gasoline, diesel, and possibly hybrid power will find its way to the GLK, a vehicle that is currently only available with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 or a brand new 2.1-liter turbodiesel inline-four.

Mercedes will show the next C-Class at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January, with sales starting in August of next year. Look for the GLK to show its face sometime after that.


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      Jet
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't mind the change in size, but they should of kept the design along the lines of a baby G Class. And if they're softening it, and enlarging it, where does that leave the ML?
        Merc1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jet
        It will likely grow next time around also and then the GL. Small size increases though... M
      aruca2526
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully it doesn't get too curvy, like every other crossover.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan influence on the making....so sad that one of the oldes company's around can't build a car anymore,A class is just a Renaul/Nissan tech too,but a lot more because of the star on the grill!
        Tuga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis A. Martinez
        The only thing the A/B/GLA-klass get from Renault are ONE diesel and ONE petrol engine. A) There's nothing wrong with that, they're actually good engines; and B) You can still buy any of these cars with MB developed engines.
        Luis A. Martinez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis A. Martinez
        Nothing like original A class!
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The very familiar two-box, upright design of the current model (that we all rather like, by the way) looks to be going away in favor of something that's a bit more streamlined and fluid." So it's going to look like Tuscon... or Rav4?
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Range Evoque only very good looking Cuv at any price range.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow-the GLK was pretty decent looking & at least had some truck about its look. I guess next gen will be just another bulbous cuv.
      • 1 Year Ago
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