2018 Mercedes GLK – New model year brings significant upgrades for the luxury SUV. German brand will change even the name of the model, so, known GLK will be renamed to GLC. This new naming strategy, from Mercedes Benz Company, has a purpose to show closeness between its SUVs and similar size sedans, as well as to make the new names clearer and simpler. In the future all SUVs will start with “GL”, while the last lettering will mark the Class it corresponds with. The reason behind this sudden change is the fact that Merc planes to deploy approximately 30 new models by 2020. Redesign of its SUVs is a part of this plan, as well. 2018 Mercedes GLK will be completely overhauled for this model year, and these are the things that will be different:
2018 Mercedes GLK exterior and interior
New name this time means a new model as well. 2018 Mercedes GLK will be built on a new platform, named MRA, meaning Modular Rear Architecture. The same platform is used for the C-Class models, which proves that these two share more similarities than the name. This switch caused a change in its dimensions. New GLK or GLE, as you prefer, will have longer wheelbase and overall bigger dimensions. However the growth in size will not affect the weight. New Mercedes GLK will be lighter than the current model, and thanks to that, upcoming SUV will feature several other improvements. Redesign will affect front and rear end, including lights remodeling and new grill.
On the inside, Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers prepared more changes than on the outside. More modern design will be visible throughout the entire cabin. Materials and high-tech equipment will be the focus of the interior change. Thanks to additional inches added, passengers will be able to enjoy extra space, which always comes useful. Infotainment system will be repositioned. COMAND control knob will be paired with a new touchpad, as part of interior refresh. More details will be known after its release, so stay tuned and follow the upcoming news regarding the 2018 Mercedes GLK.
2018 Mercedes GLK engine
The engine options are not quite known. There is couple of choices mentioned, and according to all relevant sources, New Mercedes GLK will come with two petrol units and one diesel. Diesel unit will be available for the US market as well, which will gladden Mercedes’s customers in this part of the world.
Standard engine will probably be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit, capable to deliver up to 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Optional engine will be either a 3.5-liter V6 or 3.0-liter V6, which delivers 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. However, if German Company decides to keep its current 3.5-liter V6 unit, the output and fuel economy rates will be improved. Diesel unit will be a turbodiesel 2.1-liter 4-cylinder 200 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Mercedes GLK price and release date
When it comes to release date, seems like Mercedes will launch its 2018 GLK SUV during this fall, probably in September. Pricing specs will be revealed as we approach its sales date, but expect it to start slightly under $40,000.