Mercedes-Benz unveils all-new GLK
Dubai, June 18, 2012
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new GLK, the compact SUV, featuring new assistance systems, engines matching efficiency with agility, a new design and an extended range of equipment.
The newly designed exterior combines classic elements of all-terrain vehicles with the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz models. This design also offers concrete advantages in day-to-day use – the high seat position provides a commanding view of the traffic situation, while the body lines are designed for excellent visibility.
The Centre of Competence for Interiors has undertaken a thorough makeover of the dashboard. A wide trim in aluminium or optional wood, spans the entire width of the dashboard. The new round vents and additional trim elements in silver shadow also catch the eye.
A high-end colour display is optionally available for the instrument cluster. A three-spoke sports steering wheel, new upholstery colours and seat designs plus indirect ambient lighting featuring LED fibre-optic technology, which is available on the GLK for the first time, further enhance the interior.
Beneath the newly designed headlamps, all models offer LED daytime driving lights in a chrome clasp as standard. The radiator grille with two slats and central star follows the design idiom of the current passenger car models.
The slats are painted silver, with chrome inserts optional. The headlamps embody a new interpretation of the signature Mercedes lamp design. On the basic model with reflection-type headlamps, a chrome torch feature spans the two reflectors.
On models fitted with the Intelligent Light System (ILS), the bi-xenon headlamp comprises the projection unit, a reflector and the torch with LED fibre-optic cables for the position light, above which the turn signal indicators consisting of individual LEDs are located.
A particularly striking feature of the side view is the roof rails, featuring a totally new design tailored to the new design idiom. The polished gallery bar rests on black plastic supports and lends the silhouette a more elegant line.
As a welcome side-effect of this new design, the new rails weigh considerably less than their predecessors. This is particularly beneficial to driving dynamics, as a weight reduction in the roof area of a vehicle has a far greater impact than equivalent weight savings in other areas, such as the underbody.
The rear bumper lends a bold, sporty character to the GLK's rear end with its width-emphasizing lines and delicate tail lights. Particularly striking features here are the new-style simulated underguard – optionally in chrome – and the chrome-plated tailpipe trims integrated in the rear apron which also come as standard.
The tail lights have undergone a complete revamp in terms of both appearance and functions. Fibre-optic cables and LEDs are also employed to provide the GLK's rear end with a unique and characteristic night design, the new licence plate LED lamp adding a finishing touch.
The range of engines provides for drive comfort and attractive performance in all GLK models in conjunction with low emissions and fuel consumption. The GLK 350 4MATIC petrol-engine model featuring the trailblazing engineering of the leading generation of V-engines deploys BlueEfficiency technology to make its mark in terms of performance and fuel consumption.
The excellent fuel economy of the GLK is underpinned by a comprehensive package of BlueEfficiency measures as well as by this state-of-the-art engine technology. In addition to the ECO start/stop function that comes as standard, these measures include the seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission.
Low-friction axle drives, electric steering and tyres with low rolling resistance also play their part in reducing fuel consumption.
The 4Matic drive system in the GLK-Class is among the most powerful all-wheel drive systems there is; its control systems break new ground. Advantages over other systems with a transversely installed drive unit are achieved thanks to the basic compact, light and friction-loss-optimised design with its longitudinally positioned engine and integrated main and transfer case.
In combination with the ESP, ASR und 4ETS dynamic handling control systems, the basic 45:55 percent distribution of drive torque between front and rear axle provides for superior and clearly predictable handling.
Assistance systems familiar from the S- and E-Class feature as standard to enable a further improvement in active safety and driver-fitness safety and take the compact SUV to the top of its market segment.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLK will be available across the Middle East in August, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service
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