Our European photographers caught Mercs' new GLK out an about recently as it prepares to début at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show.
With a global trend of declining large-SUV sales, Mercedes is suffering without a compact off-roader. The German luxury maker will use the GLK to enter the compact SUV market to fight the likes of BMW's X3 and Audi's upcoming Q5.
Unfortunately for Mercedes, its German brothers are already working on even smaller variants with the X1 and the Q3.
The GLK is considerably smaller than Mercedes' full-size GL. As a matter of interest, the name GLK basically means "short version of GL" as K stands for "kurz," - German for short.
According to European sources the GLK is based on the technical components of the all-new Mercedes C-class, but will look similar to the GL‑class.
The range is expected to carry the company's 3.5-litre V6 with Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel-drive as standard. All versions are expected to have the 7G-Tronic TouchShift automatic transmission.
The GLK range will debut in 2009 with the possibility of a V8-powered GLK63 AMG version coming in 2010.
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