Our spy photographers clicked the upcoming GLK model undergoing testing in Germany. Being heavily camouflaged, the 2016 Mercedes GLK was found sporting a well-deserved facelift. It will have exterior design that is quite similar to its previous version but is expected that the car will be based on an entirely different platform. It will be more inclined towards having an appearance of its C-Class line. Besides changes in design, we can also expect the vehicle to be better performing, more fuel efficient and better suited for off-road driving as well.
2016 Mercedes GLK: Redesign Exterior and Interior
Exterior visual of 2016 Mercedes GLK will receive small refreshments with front lights being bigger and LED equipped. There is also a bigger grille design that makes it look rough and tough in appearance, along with a standard 18 inch wheelbase that gives this car quite a stance. Since the car was heavily disguised, we could not make out any further details of its exterior design but we can surely say that this car has received a slight increase in size. Great news is that this car will be available in the right-hand configuration in many parts of the world such as India, Thailand, Singapore, etc.
There is not much information available about the car’s interior, but it would not be wrong to expect the 2016 Mercedes GLK to upgrade its luxury quotient. Due to increase in the car’s dimensions, cabin size is expected to get bigger, as well as more equipped with more infotainment and safety related tech features.
There will be Mercedes’ COMAND control knob with a brand new touchpad that allows the user to navigate through its infotainment system in smartphone style zoom, flick and swipe gestures. For navigation related entries- numbers, special characters and even finger written letters are recognized. We wait more information regarding other aspects of the car’s interior.
2016 Mercedes GLK: Engine and Fuel Economy
The 2016 Mercedes GLK’s real attraction is under its hood. This car will come fitted with the best in its class 3 litre twin-turbo V6 engine capable of producing horsepower of up to 329 and torque of 354 lb-ft. The improvement is significant and can’t be felt as you get behind the wheels. There are also reports that a AMG version might become available later and will come equipped with the same engine, but more output than the standard model. It is unlikely that Mercedes would bring any changes to its drive-train, and we expect this car will come with rear-wheel drive as standard and all- wheel drive as optional. There are no official numbers or stats available about the car’s fuel efficiency, but we expect it to have better fuel economy than before.
2016 Mercedes GLK: Release Date and Price
Some sources say that 2016 Mercedes GLK may be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2015 after premiering at either New York or Shanghai Auto Show. Price is expected to be around $ 40 000. This small sized crossover SUV will compete with other extremely reputed names such as BMW X3, Lexus RX and AUDI Q5. Hosting a myriad of technical and performance improvements, the 2016 Mercedes GLK is expected to put up stiff competition.