Mercedes-Benz seems to be preparing a bruiser version of its compact GLK crossover. We’ve seen the GLK strutting its stuff across European roads wile clothed in swirly wrap, but now there’s word about what will power this little AMG creation. Mercedes and its performance division AMG are building a new powerplant that will eventually be a ubiquitous sight throughout the AMG lineup.
Car & Driver reports Mercedes’ new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 destined for the 2016 GT will find its way into upcoming GLK 63 AMG . Of course horsepower and torque output numbers will differ from vehicle to vehicle, but we can expect at least 400-plus horses for the SUV .
The engine is a wonderment of modern technology. It features Mercedes’ first ‘hot V’ design with both its turbos packaged between the cylinder heads. That means the V-8 will have a reverse-flow design, bringing fresh air into the block through the outside of the cylinder heads. The major benefit lies with the short distance exhaust gasses must travel to spool the turbos. In this case, shorter is better.
The engine, codenamed M178, also has a dry-sump oil system and a ‘Nanoslide’ coating on the cylinder walls. Combined with high-performance internal components, the 4.0-liter will enjoy a redline around 7,000 rpm.
With nearly instant boost from such a stout engine, the GLK 63 AMG should post pretty impressive numbers at the track. Expect 60 mph to come in under five seconds.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG.
The BMW X3 is a strong competitor to the Mercedes GLK and offers more of the same practicality, luxurious interior, and capable performance. The X3 gets an updated look for 2015 that keeps it fresh, but still is only noticeable when placed side-by-side with a previous model.
The BMW X3 comes with three engine options: the base, 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder; the 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder; and the 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel. All three are capable engines, but each have their place in the hierarchy. The 3.0-liter gasoline engine is the performance-minded unit, while the turbo-diesel makes the fuel economy average go up. The 2.0-liter sits at the bottom for those looking to save some cash on their next BMW X3 purchase. All-wheel drive is standard except on the base 2.0-liter, which uses rear-wheel-drive.
Pricing starts at $39,325 for the sDrive28i and rises to over $46,000 for a loaded xDrive35i.
Gallery BMW X3
Audi’s Q5 is equally fighting in the luxury compact crossover segment. That signature Audi look earns it points in the style department, while a decent cargo hold gives passengers room to store plenty of stuff. A swanky interior that basically leads the class is yet another major selling point for the Q5.
Power comes from two sweet drivetrains. The base engine is Audi’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder making 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The premium engine is the supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 making 272 horses and 293 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed transmission.
Pricing for the Q5 starts at $35,900 and rises past $51,000 for a loaded Prestige model with all the luxurious bells and whistles.
Gallery Audi Q5
The GLK is one of Mercedes’ smaller crossovers that offers a decent amount of room for passengers. Since its release in 2008, many complain the GLK needs more cargo room, so for 2015, Mercedes appears to be readying the remedy. The GLK is a hot-selling crossover, so Mercedes cant’ afford to mess up the GLK’s success, but added cargo room without tremendously growing the exterior dimensions will the solution.
The GLK currently comes with either the 2.1-liter, twin-turbo, diesel four-cylinder or the 3.5-liter, gasoline V-6. The diesel makes 200 horsepower and a nice 369 pound-feet of torque while the V-6 makes 302 horses and 273 pound-feet of torque.
The GLK250 BlueTEC diesel starts at $38,980 and the GLK350 starts at $37,900.