The second generation Mercedes-Benz GLK (aka GLC) has been spied for the first time in AMG guise.

The second generation Mercedes-Benz GLK (aka GLC) has been spied for the first time in AMG guise.

The outgoing GLK hasn't been pampered with the AMG treatment but this will change with the second generation scheduled to come out in the second half of next year. There were some rumors of an AMG version and now these have been confirmed and chances are the crossover will utilize the newly developed twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter from the AMG GT and C63 AMG.

Aside from being offered in AMG flavor, the all-new GLK will be radically different than today's model as it will grow in size to better differentiate it from the GLA. Moreover, it will also drop the rather blocky look in favor of a more rounded shape that should make it more desirable among the young clientele. On the inside it will source many of its parts from the C-Class, including the much criticized free-standing touchscreen display.

Some say Mercedes-Benz has decided to change the model's name from GLK to GLC as a reference to the similarly-sized C-Class upon which it will be based but a confirmation has not been provided yet. What we know for sure is that the GLK will be engineered for the first time for right-hand drive markets.

Codenamed X253, the second generation Mercedes-Benz GLK / GLC is believed to go on sale in September 2015 so expect the AMG version to follow in the first half of 2016. Various reports are indicating there's also going to be a GLC Coupe (codenamed C253) which will probably act as a BMW X4 competitor and will be introduced several months after the regular model.

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