Mercedes GLK spy shotsWe still have no idea when the next-gen Mercedes GLK will make its debut, but we're starting to get a better idea of what it will look like. Last month, spy shooters captured our first look at the fully camouflaged GLK prototype out testing, and now they have managed to get us a glimpse inside the luxury crossover.
The most obvious element of the new GLK's cabin is the large screen mounted atop the dash (similar to what we've seen on recent entry-level Mercedes offerings like the CLA-Class) for infotainment and navigation. This screen is controlled using the new Comand controller, which looks almost the same as what Mercedes uses in the 2014 S-Class. Also like the S-Class, the GLK will ditch its three-pod gauge cluster for a two-pod layout with a large LCD screen in the middle.

We expect the new crossover to offer many of the new driver-assist features introduced on Mercedes' latest flagship sedan, including the automated-driving capabilities of Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot. We're also hearing that an AMG variant could be in the works to compete against the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming BMW X3 M.


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      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man car interiors are just get more and more fancy !
      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really do like the new Mercedes interiors. Other than (as everyone else has mentioned) the Nav screen, I really like it. I would really miss having the phone keypad/radio pre-sets. Involves less time spent looking away from the road, but maybe that finger drawing thing will work out. Also, maybe Mercedes could make the nav screen optional like on the earlier 2000 Mercedes, and just have a normal radio screen in it's place?
        J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan
        The phone keypad was handy, but it was kind of gaudy. The implementation on the S-Class (with the keypad right above the COMAND controller) was perfect. I never understood why they didn't follow that down to their other models.
      Tez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad one of if not the primary complaints about the new mercedes interior's is the navigation screens. A friend works at smythe mercedes and no less than 20 various G-wagons, and CLA's have had the screens ripped from the dash by thieves thinking they are iPad's. At least Audi's disappear into the dash, and BMW's are still built into the dash.
        Db
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tez
        The nav screen's in these new Mercedes are just horrible. They look so out of place, tacky and cheap and as mentioned above, create an unnecessary target for theft and the damage it will cause. Such a poor design that mars an otherwise acceptable, if not particularly special interior.
        James
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tez
        Makes sense, out in New York you can't leave anything in your vehicle that looks like it can detach from the vehicle. Thieves will even take the suction cup thingy that holds the tomTom in place.
      Trevor
      • 1 Year Ago
      ""This needs a bigger a Bigger iPad screwed into the dash"" - Said no one ever.
      npier598
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm liking the direction MB is going with their new interiors. Elegant and graceful without looking stuffy.
      Tyler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sometimes I'm amazed at how bad the reporting is here. "Oh it has the screen of a CLA-class and a controller ALMOST like the S-class." What they could've said instead is in the interior is almost identical to the recently unveiled 2015 C-class interior. The C-class was the first car to showcase the updated COMMAND controller and has the same screen setup, round gauges, controls. The S-class won't be getting the updated knob until the 2015 model year.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      The guy head butting cars saw the new GLK...
      GT3 RS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty ugly screen, the border around the screen is like an inch and half all the way around. Horrible design, either have it built into dash or have it disappear from view.
      costeau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Argh! No! Why does Mercedes have to resort to those Renault-like HVAC controls? WHY?!
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not saying that I don't like it but interiors are starting to get very brand-generic nowadays.
      cadetgray
      • 1 Year Ago
      I get the impression that M-B interior stylists still think an iPad is the best thing since sliced bread...lol
      Michael Patrick Sant
      If I see more faux piano gloss plastic in a car I'm going to puke. Like the steel switches though!
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