The all-new model was caught by our spy photographers in Europe, with the snappers getting a glimpse of the new SUV’s interior, as well as some further exposed exterior elements of the mid-sized SUV.
The new SUV replaces the left-hand-drive-only GLK, bringing with it a range of new engines, revised, lighter underpinnings, and further technological and safety advances. It’s built upon the same platform as the new-generation C-Class, and is likely to mirror that vehicle’s trim lines and equipment ranges, along with some added all-wheel-drive capability.
The name of the new SUV is yet to be confirmed, however, with the GLK name expected to be scrubbed in favour of GLC, which better represents the size and underpinnings of the new model. The brand’s SUV naming strategy, which has been around for nearly 20 years, will now see GL adopted as the prefix, while the third letter in the SUV’s nameplate is expected to change to reflect the model on which it is based.
These images give a little more away about what to expect in terms of styling, with a C-Class derivative grille finish, as well as heavily sculpted headlights.
The profile of the SUV is decidedly more rounded than that of the GLK, mirroring the styling of the smaller GLA-Class.
The rear also appears to borrow some cues from the A-Class-based crossover, with flat looking, broad tail-lights and a steep, sharply raked rear window.
Inside, the new model is all C-Class, with the new version of the Comand media controller dominating the centre console, teamed to a flat-screen infotainment unit that sits forward of the dash. Triple centre air-vents and smart steel-look toggles also replicate those seen in the German brand’s mid-size luxury sedan.
Expect the new model – whatever its name may be – to arrive in Mercedes-Benz showrooms around the country in 2015.