Mercedes-Benz GLK Makes Global Debut at Auto China
MONTVALE, NJ –
Mercedes-Benz has released official pictures and information of the all-new
GLK-Class SUV, which debuted at Auto China
in Beijing on
Apr. 20. It will make its U.S. dealer showroom debut in January 2009 as a 2010 model.
by a 268-horsepower, 3.5L V-6 engine, the 2010MY GLK350 will form the basis of
the U.S. lineup, and will be offered in both 4MATIC and two-wheel-drive
versions, riding on standard 19-inch, 10-spoke wheels with 235/50 tires. The
GLK features a 108.5-inch wheelbase and boasts unique design language, which
sets it apart from the rest of the successful Mercedes-Benz family of SUVs that
includes the M-Class, the larger GL-Class, the crossover R-Class, and the
bold exterior design, generous cargo capacity, and available 4MATIC
all-wheel-drive, the GLK350 combines styling, versatility, and performance. The
2010 GLK-Class will be produced exclusively at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, Germany.
poised, confident presence, the GLK-Class leaves no doubt about its intent to
conquer the compact premium SUV segment. In sharp contrast to the relatively
soft forms of other similar-sized vehicles, the striking, angular profile of
the GLK sets it apart from the competition. From the GLK-Class’s steeply-raked
windshield to its integrated rear spoiler on its tightly styled roof section,
the bullish shape of the new GLK suggests power and agility and echoes the
boasts a long list of standard equipment, including a two-zone automatic
climate control system, adjustable steering column, front seats with
electrically adjustable height and backrest angle (including seat inclination
adjustment), and manual lumbar support with two-way adjustment for the driver’s
seat are all standard on the GLK. Standard integrated Bluetooth interface for
mobile phones, a microphone for the hands-free system, and a central five-inch
color display round out the list of interior appointments.
GLK features standard front and side airbags, window air bags, and an available
rear-seat entertainment system featuring two eight-inch screens, wireless
headphones, and an integrated dual-source DVD player.
rear headroom figures are 39.8 inches and 39.7 inches respectively, while the
cargo area boasts 23.3 cubic feet of storage. Cargo capacity balloons to 54.7
cubic feet when the 1/3:2/3-split rear seats are folded forwards.
combination with the front and rear deformation zones, the GLK’s high-strength
passenger cell provides a highly efficient foundation for the occupant
protection systems, which include:
- Adaptive, two-stage airbags for the driver and
- Front side-impact airbags.
- Windowbags across both seat rows from the
A-pillar to the C-pillar.
- Active head restraints for the driver and front
- Crash-optimized pedal system.
- 3-point seat belts for all five seats.
- Belt tensioner and adaptive belt-force limiter
for the driver and front passenger, belt tensioner, and single-stage belt-force
limiter for the outer rear seats.
- ISOFIX child seat attachments.
- Belt height adjuster for the driver and front
- Belt status indicator for the rear passengers in
the instrument cluster.
features a 3.5L V-6 engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and available
4MATIC full-time, four-wheel-drive. All of these components combine to give the
GLK350 a 0-60 time of just 6.5 seconds (estimated) while achieving an 23 mpg
(estimated) on the highway.
GLK350 and GLK350 4MATIC are matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission
Mercedes Benz GLK350