Today, Carlsson did just that with the announcement of a sleek kit for the GLK that includes upgrades for the exterior and interior, plus some engine upgrades. Unfortunately, the engine upgrades are limited to just the GLK 220 CDI.
This version receives a C-Tronic module that increases the power output of the 2.1-liter diesel engine from the stock 168 horsepower to a slightly wilder 204 ponies and the peak torque from 295 pound-feet to an impressive 368 pound-feet.
As for the GLK300 and GLK350 models, Carlsson has yet to develop a performance upgrade for them. For now, the tuner offers uprated springs and dampers that will lower the SUV ’s ride by about 1.18 inches and will significantly improve the SUV’s handling on winding roads.
On top of these performance and handling upgrades, Carlsson also offers a selection of aesthetic modifications.
Click past the jump to see what exterior and interior mods Carlsson has in store for the GLK.
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Mercedes GLK by Carlsson
Carlsson took to task installing a new front bumper with an RS lip spoiler, a three-piece stainless-steel mesh grille and chrome-plated inserts for the LED daytime running lights. These give the GLK a flashier look that is sure to draw plenty of attention.
The rear was updated with a chrome-plated diffuser, flanked by cutouts for the chrome-coated outlets of the quad-pipe sports exhaust system.
Carlsson offers a wide range of wheels for the GLK, ranging from 18 to 21 inches and in many different colors: 1/5 EVO DS (dark series), Brilliant Edition (BE), Titanium Edition (TE), and Graphite Edition (GE).
Don’t go thinking that Carlsson spent all of its time on the outside and under the hood of the GLK. The tuner also announced a series of interior modifications that include an aluminum footrest and pedal set, door-lock pins, floor mats, and stainless-steel door sill panels with a lighted Carlsson logo.
Gallery Mercedes GLK By Carlsson
Our makeover for the GLK features OE quality PU-RIM aerodynamic components for vehicles with and without the AMG sport package. The striking chrome surround of the Carlsson radiator grille frames a strong horizontal dividing bar with the distinctive Carlsson logo at its centre, significantly strengthening the GLK’s distinctive ‘face’.
Below the new front bumper with its RS lip spoiler, Carlsson’s trademark three-piece stainless steel mesh grille inserts add a touch of sporty elegance to the cars frontal aspect. Positioned at the top of each side air intake, chrome-plated inserts for the LED daytime running lights stand out as the ‘jewellery’ of this new frontal design.
The more sculpted rear valance has a chrome-plated diffuser, flanked by cutouts for the chromed outlets of the quad pipe sports exhaust system. This stainless steel exhaust, with its more sonorous exhaust note also lowers backpressure, releasing a few more horsepower.
As most GLKs never venture off-road, we offer sport suspension kit for keen drivers of the petrol-engined GLK300 and GLK350 models. Uprated springs and dampers lower the ride height by 30mm and significantly improve the cars handling on twisty roads. A simpler solution for those who just want the lowered look is a set of 30mm lower springs that is available for all engine variants.
The four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in the GLK220 CDI is easily tuned with our C-Tronic module. This plug and play solution increases power from 170 to 204hp, with a proportionately greater 100Nm increase in torque to around 500Nm.
Our alloy wheel designs, renowned for their elegance and desirability, come in a wide choice of 18 to 21 inch diameters for the GLK. Even in this distinguished company, the new 1/5 EVO DS (dark series) in 9.0J x 21-inch size, shod with 245/35R21 tyres is a standout design.
Alternatives are the 1/10 in three exclusive finishes of Brilliant Edition (BE), Titanium Edition (TE), and Graphite Edition (GE). These wheels come in 8.5J x 20-inch size, fitted with 255/40R20 tyres.
The cabin is always a prime area for personalization, and the most basic offerings are the aluminium footrest and pedal set, door-lock pins, floor mats and stainless steel doorsill panels with the Carlsson logo illuminated at night.
Beyond that, the sky is the limit, and you can pick and choose your ideal colour and pattern from fine leather and Alcantara, and complement it with matching wood or carbon-fibre inlays. Our in-house craftsman will then create your dream interior in a true expression of bespoke automotive tailoring.