Tony O'Kane | Feb 13, 2012

The GLK, Mercedes-Benz's answer to the BMW X3, is currently unavailable in Australia thanks to its left-hand-drive only design.

That is all set to change in 2015 with the arrival of the second-generation GLK-Class, and development mules of the all-new Mercedes softroader have been snapped while undergoing trials.

Clothed in the bodywork of the current model, this GLK prototype nevertheless stands out thanks to its stretched wheelbase, which indicates the next GLK will have a roomier interior.

Built on Mercedes-Benz's standardised rear drive/all-wheel drive MRA platform, the GLK will share much of its powertrain options with the upcoming all-new C-Class.

A 1.8 litre turbocharged direct-injected petrol four should be the entry-level engine for the new GLK range, with a number of turbodiesel four cylinders and high-output V6s also expected to be available.

Crucially, the MRA platform is designed to be compatible with both left hand drive and right hand drive layouts, meaning the GLK is a solid contender for local deliveries.

Styling is still a mystery, but if Mercedes-Benz's current design direction is any indicator we can expect the second-gen GLK to sport softer edges, a higher beltline and a curvier shape.

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