New SUVs in Mercedes’ future line-up
Who said SUVs are dead? Mercedes’ future line-up will include no less than four new models: a new generation GLK, a new G-Class, a new ML-Class and totally new model for the line-up, the BLK. Yeah, it’s a little extreme considering the onslaught of electric and hybrid vehicles scattering throughout the automotive world, but we know the SUV-loving Americans will just eat it up!
The next generation GLK will come with a more sportier and distinctive design and will be built on the next Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon platform with more room in the back. This new platform will also increase the interior comfort, will come with a larger trunk, and a longer wheelbase. Mercedes will also offer more engine options for the next GLK.
The new generation G-Class will be unveiled in 2012 with new V6 and V8 engines. The performance of the GL 350 CDI has been increased to 252 HP and the V8 diesel has been deleted. The 3.0 petrol engine in the GL 300 will deliver 252 HP, and the 3.5 engine will go up to 306 HP. The Gl500 will come with a 435 HP bi-turbo engine and the GL63 AMG will deliver 544 HP.
A new generation ML-Class will be revealed in 2013. The engine line-up will include an ML 250 Bluetec 4Matic with 204 HP, as well as a hybrid version, the ML400 Hybrid. This hybrid will combine a V6 with a 15KW electric motor.
And finally, the new model in the line-up: the BLK - a small crossover based on the future generation B-Class. It will be offered with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The engine line-up will include engines starting with a 1.2 turbo petrol engine with 109 HP, the 1.4 liter with 136 HP, and a 1.6 diesel with 122 HP. The AMG version will deliver a total of 272 HP. Mercedes has said that this is a model for every day use for people who need more interior space.