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Can the Second-Gen Mercedes GLK Challenge the Audi Q5/BMW X3?

New model will arrive next year to a global audience.

Compared to the last time we spied the second-gen GLK, the mid-size SUV has dropped some camo revealing new head- and taillight designs. There’s still some way to go before Mercedes unveils the new GLK, with reports suggesting the crossover will debut next summer. The GLK MkII appears to have a softer, more rounded design than its predecessor and will also be longer and wider than the current model in order to make room for the smaller GLA.

Improved dynamics and a roomier interior will enable the new GLK to better rival the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The second-gen GLK will come with similar powerplants as the upcoming C-Class on which it’s based. In the US this will likely include a new 1.8-liter turbo-four, while the new model will be engineered in right-hand so it can enter new markets including the UK, Australia, and Japan.

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