2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Interior Spied
Spy shots show that the GLK interior will echo the flowing layout in other new Benzes.
Our spy photographers have again captured images of the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, but this time we've managed to come away with the first shots of the GLK's interior. The overall design reflects much of what we have seen in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and 2015 Mercedes- Benz C-Class sedans.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class cabin expectedly looks a bit narrower and bulkier than in the C-Class on which it is based, but the same flowing, continuous one-piece center console, three-spoke steering wheel, and familiar chrome-ringed air vents are present. Most of the remaining surfaces are camouflaged, but we expect that the same soft-curved styling cues will pervade throughout.
Also consistent with the interior of the next C-Class is the large center-mounted color screen, which is connected to the COMAND infotainment system. The unusually shaped controller will utilize a touch pad that is designed to accept smartphone-like commands and recognize finger-written characters. This system will first debut in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which may debut as soon as the 2014 Detroit auto show. Other options such as driver-assist technology are expected to trickle down from the S- and C-Class sedans to the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.
Exterior design for the GLK will echo the interior and take on a more rounded shape, departing from the linear and geometric style of the outgoing generation. As we reported previously when the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class was last spied, it looks like this small crossover will beef up a bit to better accommodate passengers and cargo. This growth makes sense, since the GLK's larger size will leave room for the forthcoming GLA-Class to slot in below as Mercedes' smallest crossover.
Mercedes-Benz has been tight-lipped about the next GLK, but we do know it will be built from the same platform as the new 2015 C-Class, so we will have a better idea about things like powertrain specifics once the C-Class is made available in the first half of 2014. For now we expect a similar range of gasoline and diesel engines as are available on the current GLK; it's also possible a hybrid variant could arrive in the future.