The second generation Mercedes-Benz GLK has returned in a new set of spy shots showing once again it will feature a fresh new design.

The second generation Mercedes-Benz GLK has returned in a new set of spy shots showing once again it will feature a new design.

This is our best look yet at the next GLK which according to recent reports will be renamed "GLC" to reflect its position in the C-Class family. It will look considerably different than the outgoing model as Mercedes-Benz has decided to apply a fresh design on what will be a larger model with a longer wheelbase to better differentiate it from the smaller GLA crossover.

For the first time in the vehicle's existence, the GLK/GLC will be engineered also as a right-hand drive model and it might get a range-topping AMG version powered by the firm's new twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine. Most of the motors will be sourced from the C-Class from where it will also borrow the hybrid powertrain as sometime in 2016 a plug-in hybrid derivative will be out.

Codenamed X253, the second generation GLK will allegedly be unveiled in September 2015 as a 2016MY. It will probably be joined a few months later by a sleeker and more expensive GLK Coupe (C253) which will target the BMW X4.

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Next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLK/GLC spied up close on a sunny day