2013 Mercedes GLK-Class

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  • Mercedes GLK-Class
  • Year:
    2013
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    302
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
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The Mercedes GLK went on sale in 2009 and after a few years on the market, it was just about due for a facelift. The final production model of the revised edition was caught testing various times, but Mercedes finally unveiled the new GLK ahead of its official debut at the 2012 New Your Auto Show. Sales will begin later in the Summer 2012, with the GLK350 being the first one to be offered on the market. A GLK250 BlueTEC model will arrive in early 2013.

The new 2013 GLK received a few exterior changes that make it look even more aggressive and dynamic, along with the use of better quality materials, new equipment, a fully redesigned trim, and a new infotainment systems. Mercedes is offering nearly 1,000 new parts in total, parts that help the GLK offer outstanding driving dynamics, excellent safety, and superlative ride comfort.

The GLK350 is powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5- liter direct-injection V6 gasoline engine generating 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 130 mph.

UPDATE 03/22/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and details of the Mercedes GLK-Class.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes GLK Starts Losing Camo

Spy Shots: Mercedes GLK Starts Losing Camo

This is certainly not the first time we’re seeing the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class wandering the streets, but it is the camo-covered GLK’s first time captured cruising with its production-ready headlights and taillights, not to mention the uncovered grille for all to see.

Before now, the GLK had been sporting makeshift projector-beam headlights, and had its grille covered in swirly camo and wire mesh. Even its taillights looked to be of the JC Whitney variety.

Now with the production units in place, the GLK’s looks are coming together. Its new headlights appear to be HID units with a strip of LED lighting running along the bottom edge. In the close-up shot, a cutout for what will likely be a fog light sits just below the headlight, visible just forward of the front tire.

Out back, the taillights appear to be similar to those found on the upcoming C-Class Wagon. Horizontal bars help add width to the rather upright crossover and the detailing will add a level of posh.

We can expect to see the new GLK hit showrooms for the 2015 model year with a variety of powerplants and trim levels. Its starting price should remain in the $38,000 ballpark.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz seems to be preparing a bruiser version of its compact GLK crossover. We’ve seen the GLK strutting its stuff across European roads wile clothed in swirly wrap, but now there’s word about what will power this little AMG creation. Mercedes and its performance division AMG are building a new powerplant that will eventually be a ubiquitous sight throughout the AMG lineup.

Car & Driver reports Mercedes’ new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 destined for the 2016 GT will find its way into upcoming GLK 63 AMG. Of course horsepower and torque output numbers will differ from vehicle to vehicle, but we can expect at least 400-plus horses for the SUV.

The engine is a wonderment of modern technology. It features Mercedes’ first ‘hot V’ design with both its turbos packaged between the cylinder heads. That means the V-8 will have a reverse-flow design, bringing fresh air into the block through the outside of the cylinder heads. The major benefit lies with the short distance exhaust gasses must travel to spool the turbos. In this case, shorter is better.

The engine, codenamed M178, also has a dry-sump oil system and a ‘Nanoslide’ coating on the cylinder walls. Combined with high-performance internal components, the 4.0-liter will enjoy a redline around 7,000 rpm.

With nearly instant boost from such a stout engine, the GLK 63 AMG should post pretty impressive numbers at the track. Expect 60 mph to come in under five seconds.

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2013 Mercedes GLK By Carlsson

2013 Mercedes GLK By Carlsson

Mercedes unveiled a revision for the GLK at the 2012 New Your Auto Show, but it looks like some tuners though they could do a little better.

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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Spy Shots: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK Reveals its Interior

We’ve caught the new-generation Mercedes GLK testing quite a few times already, but this time is a little more special because they managed to catch the GLK’s luxurious interior for the first time.

It’s no surprise that the interior of the GLK looks nearly identical to the C-Class, since the SUV is based on the sedan. It features a large, freestanding screen controlled by the new COMAND infotainment controller on the center console. This new controller incorporates a touch pad that accepts finger-written characters and smartphone-like commands. All the new driver-assist technology revealed in the S-Class will also be offered in the GLK.

The prototype still has on a good amount camouflage, making it clear that the new-generation GLK has plenty of updates in the works. Rumors suggest that the new GLK will drop the current boxy shape, and will adopt a more rounded appearance.

Under its hood, the 2015 GLK will borrow the C-Class’ engine lineup, with a hybrid version also a possibility. Mercedes will also prepare an AMG version to compete with models like the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming BMW X3 M.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Caught Up Close

A few days ago, our spy photographers caught the next-generation Mercedes GLK for the first time on German roads. Today, our spy photographers managed to catch it again, and this time they caught it up close, giving us a better look at the upcoming SUV.

The prototype looks to be a little more than halfway through its development, so it still has plenty of camouflage hiding its goodies. Even with the heavy camo, it’s clear that the new GLK will be a bit larger than the current generation, so it will likely have more space for passengers and luggage.

The GLK will be built on the same platform as the soon-to-be-revealed C-Class, and it will finally drop the awkwardly proportioned, boxy style, and adopt a more rounded and refined crossover shape. We can’t express how happy we are to see that old body style hitting the scrap heap, as it is simply goofy looking.

From the C-Class it will borrow the engine lineup, so Mercedes will offer it with gasoline and diesel engines, with the possibility of a hybrid version.

The new GLK is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2015.

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2013 Mercedes GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition

2013 Mercedes GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition

The Japanese market has received lots of special attention from tuners in the past few months. After BMW launched a bunch of special-edition models, like the BMW M5 Nighthawk Edition, Mercedes decided it was its turn to develop some special models for Japan.

The first model it released was a rather boring B180 Northern Lights Black Special Edition, but now the maker wanted to make up for this lackluster model and came up with something pretty cool: this GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition.

The special model got its name from the German word for black, so it is pretty easy to imagine what the the dominant color is. The Schwarz Edition is painted in Obsidian Black, and features stainless-steel running boards and 20-inch wheels. AMG also tossed in a pretty cool styling package a new new sports suspension.

For the interior, the new GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition adds seats wrapped in a combination of Artico and Dinamica leather, a sport steering wheel, black ash wood trim and alloy pedals.

The new Mercedes GLK 350 4MATIC Schwarz Edition is limited to only 100 units and is priced at ¥6,840,000 or a little under $70k.

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Next Mercedes GLK Won’t get an AMG Version

The Mercedes GLK-Class was unveiled back in 2008 and Mercedes is already planning the next generation for 2015. The model will be based on the next C-Class platform and rumors have been swirling about an AMG model for the first time. However, in a recent interview, AMG director of vehicle development, Tobias Moers, dismissed those rumors, suggesting that such a model does not fit on the market right now.

Apparently, transforming the GLK into a real AMG model will cost a lot and such an investment makes no sense on the current market. Keep in mind, though, that things could change once Porsche drops the new Macan on the market.

When asked about the new Audi Q3 RS, Moers said that Audi did not apply the right strategy and that the model does not deliver the right amount of power for an RS model. Translated, he does not think the RS Q3 would be a real threat for and SMG variant of the GLK-Class.

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Mercedes GLK Coupè will be Unveiled in 2016

Mercedes is preparing to expand its SUV lineup by at least two new models, according to previous rumors. Along with the new GLA already caught testing, it looks like Mercedes will also offer a Coupè version of the GLK. The model is internally known as the GLC and will be unveiled in 2016, right after the new-generation GLK arrives on the market.

The upcoming GLK Coupè will be built on the company’s new MRA rear-wheel-drive platform and will be offered with a much sleeker and more stylish body when compared to the current GLK. Under the hood, you should expect both the 2.0-liter and 2.2-liter petrol and diesel engines, with an AMG version rumored to be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 with an output of about 462 horsepower.

The model will target SUVs like the upcoming Porsche Macan and will be put on sale at a price of about £29,000 ($46,000 at the current exchange rates) in 2016. It is still unknown if the GLC name will make it to production or if it will be called the GLK Coupè.

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2013 Mercedes GLK-Class

2013 Mercedes GLK-Class

The Mercedes GLK went on sale in 2009 and after a few years on the market, it was just about due for a facelift. The final production model of the revised edition was caught testing various times, but Mercedes finally unveiled the new GLK ahead of its official debut at the 2012 New Your Auto Show. Sales will begin later in the Summer 2012, with the GLK350 being the first one to be offered on the market. A GLK250 BlueTEC model will arrive in early 2013.

The new 2013 GLK received a few exterior changes that make it look even more aggressive and dynamic, along with the use of better quality materials, new equipment, a fully redesigned trim, and a new infotainment systems. Mercedes is offering nearly 1,000 new parts in total, parts that help the GLK offer outstanding driving dynamics, excellent safety, and superlative ride comfort.

The GLK350 is powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5- liter direct-injection V6 gasoline engine generating 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 130 mph.

UPDATE 03/22/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and details of the Mercedes GLK-Class.

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First Drive: 2012 Mercedes Benz GLK 350

First Drive: 2012 Mercedes Benz GLK 350

In the world of mid-size mom mobiles, style is often a hard thing to find. When you examine the field most fit in the background as opposed to the centerfold. As Benjamin Franklin once said "A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body." Most of the luxury mid size SUV’s fail to deliver this food and fire to the consumer. This precedence of indifference ended when we walked to the parking lot and gazed at the 2012 Mercedes Benz GLK 350.

What struck us about this is the graceful angles of the GLK that set it apart from the rest of the field. Although the GLK has only been in production since 2009, it has taken lessons from others in the field. The interior looks like it can stand up to your Lab and yet also haul the kids to school in the morning. The teflon interior is very comfortable which makes that early morning commute with kids in tow that much more bearable. On top of all this utility, you actually get some sport in your SUV (imagine that!). The GLK makes the most mundane tasks like merging onto the interstate quite fun. When you press the loud pedal you are pleasantly surprised and the engine emits a raspy bark akin to Tom Waits impersonating a seal.

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2011 Mercedes GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car by Renntech

2011 Mercedes GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car by Renntech

Three years ago at the 2008 SEMA auto show, noted tuning firm RENNtech, together with Mercedes-Benz, unveiled the GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car where it subsequently won the 2008 SEMA Show tuner build-off competition. The vehicle’s amazing debut at SEMA resulted in it becoming one of the most-sought after performance-modded racers in recent times, appearing in countless automotive trade shows while also partaking in a number of track events and extensive real world driving miles.

This year, the car is finally serving its last legs and to give it the fitting swan song it deserves, RENNtech, together with its partners, decided to give it a complete styling overhaul in time for its last tour-of-duty with Mercedes USA here in the US. The first leg of the tour was held at the Pittsburgh International Automotive Show a few weeks ago where the revamped GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Project was officially unveiled to the public. From Pittsburgh, the award-winning vehicle will make stops in a number of US cities, including Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Denver.

As soon as the tour concludes, RENNtech’s masterpiece will officially be enshrined as a permanent collection at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Vehicle Museum in Irvine, California, making it the second RENNtech-tuned work to be officially designated with this honor.

In the meantime, keep checking out RENN-tech’s website to find out the tour schedule for GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car. It might end up in your city so you better be prepared to give it a warm welcome.

UPDATE 03/10/2011: Renntech has revealed the first video of their GLK350 project which shows both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Check it out after the jump!

Details on the Mercedes GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car by Renntech after the jump.

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Mercedes prepares diesel GLK for the US market

Mercedes prepares diesel GLK for the US market

While most of the manufacturers are considering hybrid and electric vehicles, Mercedes is considering a diesel version of the GLK crossover for the US market.

During an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz USA President Ernst Lieb said: "We’ve got the GLK coming. And the next-generation C-Class sedan will share the 2.2L 4-cylinder clean-diesel engine that bears the brand’s Bluetec trademark. The C-Class will feature diesel availability right from the start when it arrives in 2013." The E-Class will also get a new diesel engine starting 2011. All of these new engines will include Mercedes new BlueTec technology.

You can see that Mercedes has big plans for diesel engines in the US market: "Overall, our goal is to be somewhere in the range of 15% to 20%,” he says. “And we’re slowly growing this."

This is quite an impressive move considering Mercedes recently had to recall about 2,300 2011 diesel models, including the M-Class, GL-Class, E-Class, and R-Class, due to leaky fuel filters.

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2010 Mercedes Benz GLK 350

2010 Mercedes Benz GLK 350

The Mercedes Benz GLK is the German automaker’s entry into the compact crossover segment and with its swept back two box body, the new CUV is clearly derived from the rugged G Wagen, offering the same bold features that made the mighty Geländewagen so popular, except in a much smaller package. We joked about how our Mars Red GLK 350 looks like a red hot roller skate with its optional oversized 20 inch alloys pushed to the far corners of its chassis, but the GLK is certainly nothing to laugh about. The GLK offers new car shoppers a luxurious option when looking to buy into this new segment. Despite its compact nature, our out of this world GLK has styling to spare and is a welcome addition to the Mercedes Benzlineup. The GLK’s size not only makes it easy to park, but also quite maneuverable in traffic and combined with the safety of 6 airbags, makes it a great choice for new car buyers.

The inside of our GLK 350 features an Almond/Black Leather interior along with the Full Leather Seating Package that, as the name suggests, includes cow hide derived upholstery and a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel as well as elegant Burl Walnut trim to go along with the standard brushed aluminum pieces. The infotainment system is made up of a Harman/Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system that will play everything from MP3s being stored on an iPod to Sirius Satellite radio as well as a hard drive based navigation system and a 7 inch LCD screen to let the driver in on all that is going on.

The GLK 350 is powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 sending 268 HP straight to the rear wheels through a seven speed automatic transmission allows the GLK to accelerate smoothly and get an estimated 16 MPG in the city and as much as 22 MPG on the highway. This sporty red GLK is a more affordable alternative than the last one we saw, especially when you consider the $3,150 Premium Package that includes just about power everything at a savings of over $1,200 if purchased separately. Tack on a very reasonable $970 for the brushed roof rails and plus sized wheel and tires amongst a few other items, this $34,600 GLK added up to a nicely equipped $45,645 premium CUV.

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Video: Brabus GLK V12 at Nardo

Video: Brabus GLK V12 at Nardo

Just last week we brought you details about the Brabus tuned GLK V12 and its claim at being the fastest SUV in the world, well today we have the evidence to back it up. The German tuner started off by taking one of Mercedes Benz’s luxury rides and shoehorning one of their red and black specials known as the SV12 R Biturbo 750 power plant under the narrow confines of the GLK’s hood. The result is a compact crossover that makes 750 HP from a V12 being fed compressed air by a pair of snails sending 995 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. The complete package is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint time of only four seconds and a top speed of 211 MPH.

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Brabus GLK V12

Brabus GLK V12

Brabus has done it again, the German tuner has taken one of Mercedes Benz’s luxury rides and shoehorned one of their red and black specials known as the SV12 R Biturbo 750 power plant. We have gotten to know the GLK quite well over the past year, and as good of a compact crossover as it is, we always felt a bit feminine behind the wheel. However knowing that there is a 750 HP V12 being fed compressed air by a pair of snails sending 995 lb-ft of torque to the wheels and the fact that you can now go from 0 to 60 MPH in only four seconds and reach a top speed of 211 MPH, making the Brabus GLK V12 the fastest street legal SUV in the world.

Now before GLK V12 the only other baby Benz that we deemed to be manly enough for daily use was the rally racer built by Renntech. But Brabus’s black on black treatment along with wider arches at all four corners, louvers in the hood and vents in the fenders go a long way towards the night and day transformation that the GLK received and can be yours for 397,000 Euro.

Press release after the jump.

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Initial thoughts: 2010 Mercedes Benz GLK 350

Initial thoughts: 2010 Mercedes Benz GLK 350

A familiar face just rolled back into the Top Speed garage, but unlike the fully loaded chrome clad bright white baby Benz this GLK is more of a red hot roller skate. You could never imagine how much a color change and a few less options can completely transform the way the compact crossover looks. Aside from the Mars Red paint and lack of running boards this is the same vehicle that we had before, minus a few pricey interior amenities. However the little G Wagen looks less like an off road luxury vehicle fit for a diminutive South American import/export specialist and more like a sporty crossover, and yes with its 20 inch rims pushed far to all four corners and the swept back two box body it is hard to deny the roller skate similarities.

The inside of our Mercedes GLK comes equipped with the $1,750 for Full Leather Seating Package that obviously includes the seats incorporates a leather wrapped steering wheel an Burl Walnut trim which we think is well worth the expense. This time the front buckets don’t have oversized monitors hanging off the backrests, and it is honestly a bit easier on the eyes, but the German design team did leave the dual glass sunroof which goes a long way towards opening up the GLK’s interior. Keeping occupants informed and entertained is a $3,350 Multimedia Package that includes everything from a rear view camera to the Logic 7 DolbyDigital Surround Sound system and a $300 iPod interface.

Powered by the same 3.5 Liter V6 that came in our last GLK350, but unlike mini Pablo Escobar’s four wheel drive Mercedes the roller skate strictly sends power to the rear wheels. As most SUV owners won’t ever take their vehicles off road it shouldn’t be an issue. This does mean that the power plant can send all 268 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque to the drive wheels more efficiently. This sporty red GLK is a more affordable alternative to the last one we saw, especially when you consider the $3,150 Premium Package that includes just about power everything at a savings of over $1,200 if purchased separately. Tack on a very reasonable $970 for the brushed roof rails and plus sized wheel and tires amongst a few other items, this $34,600 GLK added up to a nicely equipped $45,645 premium CUV.

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Lorinser GLK 280 V6

Lorinser GLK 280 V6

The tuners at Sportservice Lorinser have gotten their hands on Mercedes Benz’s compact crossover, the GLK and transformed it from a mundane luxury utility vehicle into a bold expression of performance and style. Starting out with the briliant fiery opal color to the two tone 22 inch Lorinser RS 9 rims, the German tuning firm has successfully transformed the character of the Mercedes Benz GLK.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes GLK 220 CDI and 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY

2010 Mercedes GLK 220 CDI and 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY

Mercedes has added two new models to the GLK line-up: the GLK 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY and the GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.

The GLK 250 CDI 4MATIC is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 132 mph.

The GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 170 hp and 400 NM of torque. It sprints from0 to 60 mph in just 8,5 seconds, while top speed go up to 127 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes Benz GLK

2010 Mercedes Benz GLK

When we first saw the new Mercedes Benz GLK make its big screen debut in a film about four women looking for love in Manhattan, it was hard to think of Mercedes Benz’s entry into the compact crossover market as anything but a chick car. After a few days of driving around our Arctic White GLK riding on upgraded 20 inch rims outside the vehicle, and enjoying the combination of black leather and aluminum trim inside the new CUV, we were pleased with what we had. Our 2010 GLK was optioned to the brim with features like DVD entertainment, navigation and other premium amenities; our car’s asking price had soared from the $35,900 M.S.R.P to almost $50,000.

The 268 HP V6 was more than enough to power our GLK 350 and when combined with the 4Matic all wheel drive system and seven speed automatic transmission made the crossover a blast to drive. Despite its compact nature, the GLK has styling to spare and is a welcome addition of attitude to the Mercedes Benz lineup. The size made the car easy to park and maneuver in traffic and combined with the safety of 6 airbags, makes the GLK a secure choice for new car buyers.

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Initial thoughts: Mercedes Benz GLK 350

Initial thoughts: Mercedes Benz GLK 350

When I first saw the Mercedes Benz GLK premier in the Sex and the City movie all I could think was, this is a vehicle strictly intended for females. Although the squared off two box exterior looks like this mini G Wagon should be off-roading, the compact crossover is too small to be anything but cute, and the clean white exterior doesn’t help its cause either. However the 20’s our GLK is riding on are another story.

The interior is nicely finished, everything you would expect from Mercedes, there is the familiar large three spoke steering wheel and beautiful brushed metal trim. The audio system is easy to use audio, that is once you figure out how to control the imitation i drive wheel, I just wish the same could be said for the climate controls, there are simply too many buttons.

It took parking next to a Focus hatchback for me to realize that this would be perfect luxury vehicle for Europeans; the GLK was just slightly bigger than the Ford in every dimension. It’s attractive, easy to drive and especially with BlueTEC power, would make a great car overseas.

Keep following Top Speed for more on our GLK and to see if I change my mind about feeling like I should be wearing stilettos.

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2010 Mercedes GLK-Class

2010 Mercedes GLK-Class

The GLK-Class production version will make its world debut this week-end at the Beijing Auto Show. It will make its U.S. dealer showroom debut in January 2009 as a 2010 model.

The new sport utility is destined to be one of the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz vehicles ever. Smaller and lighter than its well-known SUV siblings, the GLK features a fuel-sipping 3.5-liter V6 engine, a sophisticated seven-speed automatic transmission and available 4MATIC full-time four-wheel-drive. All of these components combine to give the GLK350 an impressive 0-60 time of just 6.5 seconds (estimated) while achieving an 23 mpg (estimated) on the highway.

Both the GLK350 and GLK350 4MATIC are matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard. Low overall weight (estimated 4,036 lb. curb weight) and the exceptional aerodynamics for a vehicle of this design (cd figure 0.35) further contribute to the exceptional performance and low fuel consumption.

The 2010 GLK features all the impressive design and safety technology found in other Mercedes-Benz models, including standard front and side air bags as well as window air bags. Among its many comfort and convenience features is an available rear-seat entertainment system featuring two eight-inch screens, wireless headphones and an integrated dual-source DVD player.

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Mercedes-Benz GLK by Lorinser

Mercedes-Benz GLK by Lorinser

The German tuners Sport Service Lorinser have upgraded the appearance of this Mercedes Benz GLK crossover with the company’s latest aero package. The kit includes a redesigned front and rear bumpers, side skirts, roof spoiler, tuned exhaust system and Lorinser’s own turbine inspired RS8 wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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V8 GLK by Brabus

V8 GLK by Brabus

The mad scientists from Brabus are at it again. The German tuners wanted to show off the compact GLK in Geneva, this time with a 450 HP V8 engine transplanted from an S Class. The exterior of the vehicle has been transformed with the company’s signature Widestar body kit. All this power and style allow the five door to reach 172 MPH (275 km/h).

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes GLK350 pricing announced

2010 Mercedes GLK350 pricing announced

At Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes announced the 2010 GLK350 will go on sale in early 2009 at a price of $34,750. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic model will start at $36,750, including shipping. The GLK is $2,675 cheaper than its closest German competitor, the 2008 BMW X3 AWD and $295 more expensive than the 2009 Acura RDX AWD.

Smaller and lighter than its well-known SUV siblings, the GLK features a fuel-sipping 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 268 hp, a sophisticated seven-speed automatic transmission and available 4MATIC full-time four-wheel-drive. All of these components combine to give the GLK350 an impressive 0-60 time of just 6.5 seconds while achieving an 23 mpg on the highway.

Both the GLK350 and GLK350 4MATIC are matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard.

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Mercedes GLK Pikes Peak Rally Racer

Mercedes GLK Pikes Peak Rally Racer

Here is a closer look at another one of the four Mercedes GLKs that will appear at SEMA. The RENNtech GLK is inspired by the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The GLK Pikes Peak Rally Racer is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine combined with an electric motor.

RENNtech is using components from the latest Mercedes-Benz high-performance 3.5-liter V6 Sport engine. These include a special intake manifold, cams and cylinder heads, to which RENNtech has added its own long-tube headers, composite air intake and RENNtech ECU software. Engine output is up to approximately 350 hp (up from 268 hp). The total output is even higher when combined with the power from the electric hybrid drive.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Mercedes GLK Urban Whip

2008 Mercedes GLK Urban Whip

Last week we posted four customized Mercedes GLKs that were making their way to SEMA. Now here’s a closer look at one of the more outrageous versions, the Urban Whip. Developed in cooperation with RoBrady Design, this small SUV is turned into something like a tall roadster.

RoBrady Design removed the roof, shorted the windshield, and lowered the ride height by 64mm. As usual with a SEMA car, there is special attention paid to wheels and tires. The Urban Whip featuresl 26” Asanti AF 150 chrome wheels with custom black accents and wrapped in 295/25 ZR26 Pirelli Scorpion rubber for a perfect ride.

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Four customized GLK coming to SEMA

Four customized GLK coming to SEMA

What better way to launch a new car in the U.S. than by first showing the country outlandishly customized (and sometimes hideously butchered) versions of the car first? Four customized Mercedes GLK will make their way to the 2008 SEMA Show: Widestar, Urban Whip, Pikes Peak Rally Racer and Rock Crawler. This presentation also represents the GLK premiere on the North American market, where sales are scheduled to begin in January 2009.

The GLK Pikes Peak Rally Racer created by Renntech is inspired by the legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado. The car comes with hybrid module that seems to be more geared for acceleration than green.

GLK Urban Whip was created by Boulevard Customs and features a significantly widened bodyshell, massive 26-inch wheels and a new on-board entertainment system.

The GLK Rock Crawler was designed by team at the Legendary Motorcar Company. Their creation features a winch system that can provide wakeboarders and snowboarders with assistance.

Brabus will bring the most conservative design, but that’s also because it is production ready.

The base vehicle for Boulevard Customs, Legendary Motorcar and RENNtech is the series production GLK350 with a 3.5 litre V6 engine generating 272 hp, while BRABUS opted for the diesel-driven GLK 320 CDI 4MATIC. The base versions of all models are equipped with the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission.

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First GLK delivered to customer

First GLK delivered to customer

Mercedes delivered today the first 2010 GLK to a customer in Germany. It was a GLK 320 CDI 4MATIC in metallic tenorite gray with numerous optional equipment features - took place in the Customer Center of the Bremen plant.

Since its official release for sale on June 30th, Mercedes received 25,000 orders for the new GLK.

The GLK is powered by a choice of either four-cylinder or six-cylinder engines and features pioneering passive safety systems, excellent interior comfort and a low noise level, and excellent value retention.

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Mercedes GLK by Brabus

Mercedes GLK by Brabus

Although the new Mercedes GLK was recently launched (it hasn’t even hit the U.S. shores yet), the German tuner Brabus unveiled its latest program for the GLK. The car features a new body kit consisting in a new front apron with integrated daytime running LEDs, new side sills with integrated LEDs for the safety entering and exiting of the vehicle, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust cutters, 4-pipe exhaust system and a new rear roof spoiler.

Under the hood, with the help of the Brabus ECO PowerXtra D6 the 320 CDI 4Matic engine delivers now 272 hp making the sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.9 seconds while the top speed is limited to 142 mph.

The V6 from the GLK 350 4Matic, with the help of the Brabus B7 power kit develops an impressive 287 hp but for those who wish more, the tuner offers the Brabus 4.0 displacement engine boosting it to 332 hp, making the sprint 60 mph possible in 6.1 seconds.

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New Mercedes GLK Concepts to debut at SEMA

New Mercedes GLK Concepts to debut at SEMA

Mercedes lovers should prepare and schedule a visit to the 2008 SEMA show as the German carmaker will reveal no less than 4 new GLK concepts from Brabus, RENNtech, Boulevard Customs and Legendary Motor Cars. The RENNtech Rally Racer concept brings the first hybrid powertrain to enhance acceleration off the line and out of the corners. Brabus Widestar excels in exterior design with the GLK300 BLUETEC which features flowing front and rear wheel arch flares and redesigned front and rear bumpers complemented with exclusive BRABUS wheels and an interior to match. Boulevard Customs is preparing a wide body styling kit with massive 26-inch wheels and tires, redesigned interior and ground-pounding stereo system. The last concept, developed by Legendary Motor Cars, brings an innovative winching system to propel skate and actually "grind" down the vehicle’s specially integrated side rails.

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Four GLK Concepts to be revealed at SEMA Show

Four GLK Concepts to be revealed at SEMA Show

Mercedes is preparing four GLK Concepts for SEMA Show. The four Mercedes-Benz GLK SEMA concepts showcase the bold, expressive nature of GLK350 luxury SUV prior to its official showroom debut in January 2009.

The four concepts include: RENNTech Rally Racer, inspired by the unlimited-class rally cars at the storied Pikes Peak Hillclimb; BRABUS Widestar - developed by Mercedes-Benz tuning experts Brabus of Bottrop, Germany, this striking wide-track “designer suit” for the GLK includes flowing front and rear wheel arch flares and redesigned front and rear bumpers complemented with exclusive BRABUS wheels and an interior to match.

The Urban Whip – Florida-based Boulevard Customs is sure to turn heads with a wide body styling kit, massive 26-inch wheels and tires, redesigned interior and ground-pounding stereo system. And the last one The Four Corners Rock Crawler – Exotic and muscle car restoration specialist Legendary Motor Cars design includes an innovative winching system to propel skate and wakeboarders up to speed and actually “grind” down the vehicle’s specially integrated side rails.

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Mercedes GLK by Renntech to debut at SEMA

Mercedes GLK by Renntech to debut at SEMA

Mercedes will be involved for the first time in the SEMA Auto Show this November in Las Vegas. It seems that the link between the manufacturer and the show will be Renntech, the well-known American tuner with a knack for Mercedes vehicles.

Renntech, will unveil at SEMA a customized Mercedes GLK inspired by the Pikes Peak Challenge, known as one of the most iconic and power-craven hill-climb events in the world. As you can see from the photos, the new car will feature a new hood, a re-designed front bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs, widened fenders, new side sills, a roof spoiler, and a new rear apron with integrated exhaust system.

According to the tuning company, the GLK will feature Renntech’s new performance hybrid drivetrain. More details when the official information will be revealed.

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Mercedes GLK by Lorinser

Mercedes GLK by Lorinser

Lorinser, one of the best Mercedes tuning companies, unveiled its first sketches of the future customized Mercedes GLK. The new kit consists in a new front bumper with integrated daytime LED’s, new side sills, a re-designed rear bumper featuring an air diffuser and integrated exhaust system and a new roof spoiler.

Also a new set of alloy wheels was added!

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10,000 orders for the GLK-Class

10,000 orders for the GLK-Class

Smaller SUVs may be what people are looking for. The 2010 Mercedes GLK was launched only a month ago and only in Western Europe, but Mercedes has already received a total of 10,000 orders. 1,000 of these orders are attributed to a limited edition called “Edition 1” that offers a few special interior and exterior add-ons. The U.S. will not be able to get its hands on the GLK until the beginning of 2009.

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Diesel GLK and C-Class in USA by 2010

Diesel GLK and C-Class in USA by 2010

Mercedes plans to give the C-Class and GLK SUV a new 2.2-liter diesel engine in North America by 2010. Because of emissions regulations, Mercedes needs to re-engineer the engine to accept BlueTEC technology. A company spokesman said, "The 2.2-liter in the GLK already averages 34 miles per gallon U.S. With BlueTec that will improve to just under 40."

The decision has been made first because of the rising fuel prices and also because of the weak dollar.

You can read all about BlueTEC technology from when Mercedes gave TopSpeed an exclusive look.

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Mercedes GLK - new image gallery

Mercedes GLK - new image gallery

Mercedes revealed today complete details and new image gallery of the 2010 GLK SUV.

To celebrate the launch of the model, Mercedes is offerig the special edition: "Edition 1". This particular variant, sure to be the subject of great demand, is based on the exterior design of the models with exterior sports package but also features 20-inch wheels, the electrically operated EASY-PACK tailgate and specially tinted privacy glass in the rear compartment.

The interior is based on the interior sports package and has been upgraded to include further quality details, such as black/white nappa leather seats from the designo range, an AMG multifunction leather steering wheel, a black roof lining, aluminium trim elements and the COMAND APS system. The exclusive GLK models are available in calcite white in the basic version, although customers may specify any other paint finish. Engine-wise, the GLK Edition 1 can be combined with any of the V6 units.

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Mercedes GLK by Wald International

Mercedes GLK by Wald International

After the debut in the “Sex and the city” movie, the baby SUV from Mercedes, called the GLK got the attention of the Japanese tuning specialist, Wald international.

The Mercedes GLK features a new body kit consisting in a new front spoiler, re-designed side sills, new roof spoiler and rear bumper featuring new rear air diffuser and integrated exhaust system. Also special alloy wheels were added. More info when the official details will be revealed!

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Mercedes about "Sex and the city"

Mercedes about "Sex and the city"

Although the all new GLK small SUV isn’t scheduled to hit dealers until October 2008 (January 2009 for the U.S.), the opportunity for a vehicle to be showcased in a scene of the summer’s hottest film, Sex and the City, was too good to pass up. It was however, quite challenging to secure an early release from the prototype vault at the Stuttgart factory.

Having not made its debut prior to the shoot on Rodeo Drive, the vehicle had to travel to the US in a cloak of secrecy. Accompanied by a designated Mercedes-Benz representative from Germany, there were many steps taken to protect the visual identity of the beautiful prototype from the outside world. Even the key which opened a tamper-proof container holding the car was locked away in a safe place and only accessible by one security personnel!

The GLK arrived in Long Beach California just days before shooting and was transported to Beverly Hills and kept secret until the cast and crew were ready for the scene. Given that the car had to sit on a public street, security had their hands full keeping the car under wraps until the scene was ready.

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Mercedes GLK-Class

Mercedes GLK-Class

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Mercedes GLK and Audi Q5 to debut in Beijing

Mercedes GLK and Audi Q5 to debut in Beijing

Two of the greatest future rivals, the Mercedes GLK and the Audi Q5 will make their world debut this week-end at the Beijing Auto Show.

Audi will unveil its Q5 SUV in Beijing because it sees China as a key growth market. Last year, China became Audi’s second-biggest market after Germany as sales grew 24.8 percent to 101,996 units.

Like Audi, Mercedes wants to take advantage of the growing popularity of SUVs in China. After showing concepts for its new GLK class at the Geneva and Detroit auto shows this year, Mercedes will unveil the production version in Beijing.

Audi parent Volkswagen group will debut two models developed for the local market by its joint ventures in China. One will be a family-sized sedan code-named the Model X, based on the Jetta/Bora. The other will be a more upscale sedan called the Lavida that eventually will replace the Santana. Both cars are based on the fourth-generation Golf platform and will go into production in the summer.

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This week in brief

Here are the most important news of the week:

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2008 Infiniti EX37
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2008 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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2008 Maserati GranTurismo S
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2008 Mitsubishi Prototype-S
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Volvo Hot Rod Jakob project
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2008 Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro
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2008 Opel Meriva Concept
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Volkswagen Scirocco - first official images
2008 Mercedes Vision GLK Bluetec Hybrid
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2008 Mercedes Vision GLK Bluetec Hybrid

2008 Mercedes Vision GLK Bluetec Hybrid

Mercedes will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the Vision GLK BLUETEC HYBRID, a study that illustrates the possibilities of the "TrueBlueSolutions" strategy in the compact SUV segment.

With its TrueBlueSolutions strategy, Mercedes-Benz is preparing the way for the introduction of the world’s most economical and clean vehicles. As in the case of the VISION GLK BLUETEC HYBRID, ultra-modern and efficient diesel engines with innovative BLUETEC emissions control, hybrid modules and intelligent energy management are among the centrepieces of this trailblazing generation of drive systems.

The study for this compact characterful SUV has a combined output of 165 kW/224 hp and generates a combined torque of 560 newton metres, the world’s highest in this class. This enables the VISION GLK BLUETEC HYBRID to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds; its maximum speed is 215 km/h. Despite these performance figures, this multi-talented newcomer consumes an average of only 5.9 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, and achieves the world’s lowest CO2 emissions in the SUV segment, with 157 grams per kilometre.

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No AMG version for the GLK

No AMG version for the GLK

Mercedes announced today, in an interview with Autotelegraaf that they will not bring an AMG version for the upcoming GLK. They said two SUV’s are sufficient enough to receive the AMG badging.

"There is no space for a third SUV" Volker Mornhinweg said. "We are now simply going to offer the AMG-program to sedans, convertible, roadsters and the two SUVs (ML, GL)."

The GLK was previewed at the Detroit Auto Show by the Vision GLK Concept that is powered by a new-generation diesel engine. The four-cylinder unit, with a 2.2-litre displacement, reflects the study vehicle’s dynamic basic concept and allows impressive performance figures with an output of 125 kW/170 hp, plus reduced consumption and reduced emissions.

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2008 Mercedes Vision GLK Townside

2008 Mercedes Vision GLK Townside

The Vision GLK FREESIDE and Vision GLK TOWNSIDE are two breeds of the same vehicle which are set to take the SUV world by storm. By presenting these two different vehicle profiles, Mercedes-Benz is highlighting the tremendous potential of the compact SUV study, which is making its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Whereas the Vision GLK FREESIDE is an all-rounder that showcases the capabilities of today’s SUV vehicles both on and off the road, the TOWNSIDE version is designed to make its mark with dynamic performance on the tarmac.

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Mercedes GLK production version photos leaked

Mercedes GLK production version photos leaked

After Mercedes has revealed the GLK Freeside Concept, the first official images of the production version leaked on the internet. The GLK will make its official debut next week.

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Mercedes Vision GLK Freeside - video

Mercedes Vision GLK Freeside - video

Mercedes will unveil the Vision GLK Freeside Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. It is powered by a new-generation diesel engine. The four-cylinder unit, with a 2.2-litre displacement, reflects the study vehicle’s dynamic basic concept and allows impressive performance figures with an output of 125 kW/170 hp, plus reduced consumption and reduced emissions.

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2008 Mercedes Vision GLK Freeside

2008 Mercedes Vision GLK Freeside

GLK – a combination of letters that has specific connotations. The “G” alludes to the archetypal cross-country vehicle, the “L” intimates luxury and, as in other Mercedes model series, the “K” stands for compactness (German: Kompaktheit). At first sight these three aspects may appear to be mutually incompatible. But on closer inspection they offer the perfect combination as Mercedes-Benz takes its SUV expertise and launches it in a whole new dimension – in the exciting Vision GLK FREESIDE. In January 2008 this compact character will be making its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, providing a vision of the shape of SUVs to come.

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Mercedes GLK spied having Sex and the City

Mercedes GLK spied having Sex and the City

Automotive News front page is showing the new Mercedes GLK without any disguise while it was on the movie set for Sex and the city. Enjoy the clear shot.

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Mercedes GLK-Class caught during the filming of the Sex & The City

Mercedes will unveil the 20098 GLK-Class in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Until then here it is on some scenes of the ’Sex & The City - The Movie’.

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Mercedes GLK Spied – On Video

Mercedes GLK Spied – On Video

The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLK, an SUV/crossover based on the new C Class, has been spotted testing in Germany, both on the open road and at the Nurburgring.
The action was caught on video. When introduced, the GLK is expected to be available either as an all wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicle, three engines, incuding two V-6s, one with 272 hp, and three different diesels. Eventually, an AMG version is also (...)

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Mercedes confirmed: New compact SUV to be called GLK

Mercedes confirmed: New compact SUV to be called GLK

MBUSA confirmed that the new compact SUV set to be launched in Europe late next year and in USA in early 2009 will be called GLK.

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Mercedes GLK Spy Photos- The Bmw X3 Rival

Mercedes GLK Spy Photos- The Bmw X3 Rival

Americans can not get enough of Suv’s and neither can competiting automotive manufacturers. Mercedes is working on a rival for BMW X3’s which will be appropriately labeled the Mercedes GLK. This top secret small Suv is being tested in Scandinavia and Germany. When the GLK hits it will also compete with the Audi Q5, Volco XC60 , and VW Tiguan , all which will be competiting against each other for the best small Suv.

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Mercedes GLK-Class official?

Mercedes GLK-Class official?

We found on Worldscoop site this new image of the 2008 Mercedes GLK-Class, but we can’t tell for sure if this is an official photo or just another photoshop rendering.
For the US market the GLK-Class will be available in three trims: the GLK280 V-6 4Matic (228 hp); the GLK350 V-6 4Matic (268 hp); and the GLK320 CDI V-6 4Matic (221 hp). The car will feature a seven-speed manu-matic gearbox. The AMG version will have an output of 500 (...)

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2008 Mercedes GLK-Class

2008 Mercedes GLK-Class

Autobild has published the first undisguised image of the 2008 Mercedes GLK-Class, the main competitor of the BMW X3. The GLK-Class will make its world debut at either the 2007 Frankfurt or 2008 Geneva Auto Show. An AMG version is also expected.
The car will feature all-weather tires, hill-descent control, a mildly raised suspension with skid plates, and some outdoorsy cosmetics but no extra diff locks or a low-range transfer case. The curb weight will be between 3400 and 3700 lbs.
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Mercedes Benz GLK spotted.

Mercedes Benz GLK spotted.

The GLK is on its way to road near you.

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2008 Mercedes GLK-Class - more informations

2008 Mercedes GLK-Class - more informations

Mercedes will introduce its first small SUV in 2008 based on the next-generation C-class wagon. The GLK is a four-wheel-drive on-roader and is a competitior for the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
The car will feature all-weather tires, hill-descent control, a mildly raised suspension with skid plates, and some outdoorsy cosmetics but no extra diff locks or a low-range transfer case. The car will hava a curb weight between 3400 and 3700 lbs.
For the US market will be available: the GLK280 V-6 4Matic (...)

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Mercedes GLK - new rival for the Volkswagen X3

Mercedes GLK - new rival for the Volkswagen X3

The new GLK will debut in late 2007 and will go on sale at the begining in 2008. It will be buil on the 4Matic-Plattform of the new C-Class. The new GLK will compete directly to the Volkswagen X3 ang Toyota RAV4.
The GLK will feature the next dimensions: wheel base of approximately 2.75 meters, length of 4.50 meters, width of about 1.90 meters, height of nearly 1.70 meters.
The new SUV will be offered with a range of four engines: GLK 220 CDI with an output of 190 hp, 2WD GLK 280 powered (...)

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