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The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLK mid-size luxury SUV has been given the green light for Australia when it’s released in 2014.

CarAdvice reported last week that Mercedes-Benz Australia was not yet committed to the new GLK, with a company insider revealing the company was concerned about having an excess of SUVs with the importation of the B-Class-based GLA already guaranteed a spot upon its release.

The company says the rival for the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 is now confirmed to be part of the local SUV offerings, joining the G-wagen, GL-class and upcoming GLA.

“The new GLK has been the subject of strong discussion internally here, but the GLK is go,” said Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesman David McCarth. “At this stage the new-generation model is at least two years away. But it will be built in right-hand drive and we will take it.”

McCarthy admits some of its Australian dealers contacted the company after reading the CarAdvice story, stressing their desire to have the new GLK among the showroom line-up.

Mercedes Australia has been lacking crucial rivals to popular luxury SUVs such as the Q5 and X3, as well as smaller models such as the Q3, X1 and Range Rover Evoque.

The original GLK, launched in 2009 and updated in 2012 (and pictured main), is left-hand drive only, with the four-wheel-drive set-up interfering with the ability to switch the steering to the other side.




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