Just as we all know, not too long ago Mercedes decided to change the name of their GLK to GLC but for many the name of 2017 Mercedes GLK remains most important in the segment. This change is in accordance with their other models in lineup names alteration, so the crossovers now beat the GL moniker with the sedan-corresponding letter, meaning that the entry level model is called the GLA, the medium-sized crossover the GLC and so on.
In order not to confuse our readers, we are now going to call the car the GLK or the successor for the GLK. This new model was released last year, and it is based on Mercedes’ entirely new platform which is highly modular and now underpins most of their rear wheel drive cars. Immediately, we could notice that GLK comes with a significant redesign making it a completely different vehicle than it used to be.
While it is a very new car, it will receive an update with the 2017 Mercedes GLK, an update which is expected to bring on the market an entirely new engine as well as a new body style. While this may seem unusual, instead of releasing a whole new model like BMW is doing, Mercedes will add the Coupe version to their existing line of cars. This will be quite similar to the GLK but just like with the BMW X4, it will have a new coupe-inspired look as well as a slightly different interior.
2017 Mercedes GLK Price
The new version is expected to be slightly more expensive compared to the standard model. The price should go up by around $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the model of choice. The base should come with the tag of about $39,000, but this figure can easily go a lot higher if you decide to add more optional features that can be quite expensive.
Design wise, the base model of the 2017 Mercedes GLK will be nearly identical to the ongoing vehicle. However, we do expect two new options to join this crossover SUV segment, the Sport, and the AMG-Sport. The Sport will come with a slightly more aggressive body kit that brings larger air intakes in the front, slots on the hood as well as new side skirts and larger wheels. The AMG-Sport version of the car is expected to bring an even more aggressive body kit, a lower suspension system as well as a quad-exhaust system. The Coupe version, on the other hand, will get a coupe-like back with a raked roof towards the back plus a similar set of tail lights to the C-Class.
Inside the cabin, there should be no major changes done to the car except probably the addition of a slightly better infotainment system. On top of that, the Coupe will get a higher base trim level which is going to include the sports seats as standard. Furthermore, the car will be offering less space for the rear bench passengers due to the raked roof, so take into account how the car will be used before buying it in the favor of the standard model.
Among the things that haven’t been confirmed is the launch date. After all, this is not a major introduction simply because we are not getting any significant upgrades, at least not on the standard version. Because of that, we expect new GLK to be introduced during the fall of this year or even before the end of the summer.
Let’s take a look at the engine lineup; the currently available options are going to be carried over unchanged to both the 2017 Mercedes GLK and to its Coupe counterpart. However, the two are going to receive two all new engines to the mix. The Sport is expected to get a revised 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four mills with up to 290 horsepower and over 270 lb-ft of torque while the AMG-Sport is very likely going to get their all new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which is easily capable of more than 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both of these will get a 9-speed automatic as standard, and both of them will come with all-wheel drive as the only option. A future AMG model has also been rumored for a long time and coupled with the car’s all-new platform; introduction of this one is closer than we think.
The AMG is very likely going to make use of a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, which could develop up to 480 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to get ahead of some of its competitors such as the X4 M or even a future Audi RS Q5.