The Mercedes-Benz GLK has stood out from the rest of the brand's portfolio for a less-than-flattering reason – it's been the sole vehicle to wear a silver arrow on the nose, but not wear an AMG-badge on its trunk (unless you count the coupe and convertible variants of the E-Class, which we don't).

The third-generation GLK (shown above), though, could break that mold and contradict a number of reports in the process. That is, if Car and Driver is proven right, and the next GLK arrives with a range-topping, 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. That engine, code-named M178, will make its debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT and is already widely expected to see duty in the C63 AMG's successor.

Car and Driver, though, is arguing that the M178 will be dispatched to basically every vehicle on a Mercedes rear-drive platform, which includes the GLK. The GLK AMG would arrive ahead of a replacement for the current E63, which in turn would spearhead the engine's arrival in high-end models, like the S-Class AMG variants (V12 fans need not worry, though, as the buff book claims the twelve-cylinder models are safe). Is the C/D crew right? We've no clue, although it does seem unlikely that M178 will be limited to just a couple of AMG models.

What do you think? Could a GLK AMG prove a viable alternative to a Porsche Macan? Have your say in Comments.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Months Ago

      The AMG badge used to be special.

      Now it's become a glorified "limited edition" package for the wealthy to one-up each other with.

      • 4 Months Ago

      I could care less if any of Mercedes' SUVs outside of the ML had an AMG variant.  As long as every sedan and coupe has an AMG variant, then all is good.  I don't understand the author's statement that they don't count the E coupe/cabriolet in their non-AMG tally. 

      • 4 Months Ago

      If the next GLK looked more like the G-Wagon... I'd buy one.  If it looks more like the GLA... I'll pass.

      • 4 Months Ago

      Why not. It couldn't possibly be more useless than the AMG G wagen. 

      • 4 Months Ago

      This will be the 2nd generation GLK, not the 3rd.


      Sushma Gupta
      • 4 Months Ago

      I too believe that its only a second generation. Keep sharing.

      Shaw Bowman
      • 4 Months Ago

      I believe it's only the second generation.

      • 4 Months Ago

      "The third-generation GLK (shown above)..."

      Actually, the GLK is still in it's first generation.  This new model will be the second generation when it debuts.