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If you forgot Mercedes was planning a major offensive on the luxe small-SUV market, new pictures of the coming GLK-as-prototype will serve as memory refreshment. Looking like a mini GL-Class ute, the GLK will face down the BMW X3 and Acura RDX (and eventually the Audi A5) in what may be the most pointless (but fast-growing) vehicle genre. The new mini Merc, which will share components with the next C-Class — including a 3.5-liter V6, 4Matic and 7G-Tronic TouchShift automatic — is set for unveiling at either the 2007 Frankfurt or 2008 Geneva shows, says Edmunds Inside Line. We might even see an AMG-tuned autobahn smoker by next decade — if the fates keep their sense of humor.

Spy Shots: Mercedes GLK Nabbed Outside HQ [Edmunds]

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Spec'ing the 2008 Mercedes GLK [internal]