Got MLK? Mercedes doesn't. But it will soon have GLK, the now-officially chosen name for its upcoming compact SUV. As if that joke wasn't awkward enough, you can imagine how the one involving a slain civil rights leader, the county of Tuscaloosa, Alabama where Mercedes calls home in the US, and a fire hose would have gone over. Nonetheless, according to Automotive News the GLK will debut in Europe at the end of 2008, with a US intro early in 2009. The GLK will compete among such entries as the Acura RDX, BMW X3, upcoming Audi Q5 and a rumored RAV4-based Lexus entry to be named later. Journalists were teased with a glimpse of covered prototype prototype, which they report is smaller and lower than a GL. Word is the two-row GLK will start around $40,000. [Automotive News via Autoblog]


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