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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK Goes on Sale in January 2009

August 01, 2008

MONTVALE, N.J. – The Mercedes-Benz GLK, acompact SUV, goes on sale in January 2009 in 4Matic four-wheel-drive form. Arear-drive version will come over from Mercedes’ Bremen factory in April 2009. Both 2010 models willcarry a base price “with a 3 in it,” Mercedes execs said, according to http://blogs.thecarconnection.com.But while the Audi Q5 bears a striking resemblance to the larger Q7, the GLK mostresembles a Benz’ seven-passenger GL-Class. When it comes to size, though, theGLK will be the smallest activity-oriented vehicle in the company’s lineup asits interior space is less than that of the C-Class Wagon.

But theGLK sits higher, with a higher driving position and more vertical volume thanthe C-Class Wagon. The coefficient of drag is 0.35.

U.S. versions of the GLK will comeonly with a 3.5L V-6 with 268 horsepower, a seven-speed automatic, and aninterior dressed in burled walnut at launch. The gas-powered version hits 60mph in about 6.7 seconds, according to company estimates.Other engine options are a possibility, including the likelihood of a versionof the 2.0L diesel that will be the mainstay powertrain for the GLK in Europe.

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