One of our editors went to Germany to drive the new
Mercedes-Benz GLK, and all she brought us was this peculiar press photo. While we were having fun interpreting the image, she told us good things about the all-new compact
crossover scheduled to arrive in January 2009. We weren't surprised to learn the familiar 268-horsepower V6 and seven-speed automatic transmission combined to deliver easy power, or that the GLK is smoother on the highway -- thanks in part to a passively dynamic damping system -- than the
BMW X3. The debriefing also included praise for the GLK's off-road competence (so be sure to keep an eye out for budding GLK clubs at your favorite off-highway vehicle parks) and the angular styling that instantly evokes the full-size GL-Class
SUV and carries through to the cabin. A big panoramic sunroof also rated a favorable mention. The rest of us will have to wait a few months before getting our turn behind the wheel of Mercedes' latest, but it sounds like we're going to have one more thing to like about the premium compact crossover category.