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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK

The body of the GLK combines classic elements of all-terrain vehicles with the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz saloons. Short overhangs, the upright front end, slender roof pillars, a steep windscreen and the taut roof line are typical features of an off-roader. There is no longer any differentiation between different types of bumpers with specific on-road and off-road packages. 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 all 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 featuring the Intelligent Light System (ILS), the 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. The roof rails in a totally new design are particularly striking in the side view.

The rear bumper lends a bold, sporty character to the GLK’s rear end with its width-emphasizing lines and delicate tail lights. The new-style underride guard is optionally available in chrome. 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 providing a finishing touch. As part of the model facelift, the designers have also developed new wheels in size 17- 18- and 20-inch.

GLK offers a choice of six diesel models and one petrol engine. The GLK 250 BlueTEC 4Matic’s four-cylinder, 2143cc diesel engine develops 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 Newton metres of torque. Despite its formidable performance, this GLK model is extremely frugal when it comes to fuel consumption: on average, the compression-ignition engine consumes 6.1 to 6.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. CO2 emissions stand at 159-169 grams per kilometre. Similarly to the GLK 220 BlueTEC 4MATIC model, it also complies with the EU6 emissions standard and the US BIN 5 standard. The two rear-wheel drive models GLK 200 CDI and GLK 220 CDI with six-speed manual transmission are even more fuel-efficient. Both versions get by on 5.5 – 5.6 litres of diesel per hundred kilometres (143 – 147 g CO2/km). The top performer among the diesel versions is the GLK 350 CDI 4Matic. 620 Newton metres of torque provide the V6 compression-ignition engine with exceptional power delivery from low revs.


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