Off-roading was never about boundaries but about challenges. The statement goes right with another daring challenger from Mercedes-Benz titled as the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. The off-roader is a compact luxury crossover 5-door SUV, which was showcased at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show alonside its competitor Audi Q5. The GLK-Class shares the C-Class W204 platform and is presently flourishing in its first generation. The car with its electrifying and concentrated potential is one of the most capable SUV's from Mercedes-Benz.
Engine, mileage and variants
The German giant surely respects the preciseness of your choice and compliments your individuality by letting you choose between the 7 variants of which there are 6 diesel variants and one petrol variant. The GLK 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency petrol variant of the car is pumped-in life by the 3498 cc V6 BlueDirect petrol engine, which employs the high-pressure injection technique by the means of piezo injectors to gain in an efficient and performance-dedicated combustion process. This engine yields 302 hp of maximum power at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 370 Nm between 3500-5250 rpm. This ultra-dynamic power-mill is mated to the silky-smooth 7-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, which collectively with it projects the SUV dynamically with 100 kmph of speed from naught in not more than 6.5 seconds. With this, the most dynamic GLK 350 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency diesel variant owing to its V6 3-litre diesel engine displays a high fuel economy of 7.1 litres/100km to 6.9 litres/100km.
Elegance mates graciously with functionality to give a flamboyant and confident look to the desirable sedan. The aerodynamically shaped sedan has got a great appeal for its minutely detailed edges and streamlined body. The stretched bonnet design with expressive lines, eye catching front grille design with chromed expressive horizontal slats and the enlarged shining Mercedes-Benz crown, its eye-shaped new bi-xenon headlamps with optional intelligent light system and the wide and masculine front bumper the car derives an elegant manly identity for the car. The functionality and sportiness incorporated in the well-moulded rear body of the car with the new LED tail lights and correctly sculpted hood spoiler indicates the real daring spirit of the crossover. The wide and tall SUV defines its capabilities with its precisely crafted exterior design, read 4536mm x 2016mm x 1669mm (L x W x H) with a wheelbase of 2755mm. With this the enraged off-road capabilities of the SUV are hinted by its high ground clearance of 201mm.
The car is given a particularly ergonomic and solemnly luxurious interiors bathed in the essence of a pleasurable ambiance. The pleasurable authority that the driver enjoys is a function of the leather-wrapped 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel and the well-configured and intuitive 4.5-inch instrument cluster with colour display decorated with wooden trim and compatible with COMAND Online multimedia system. Just heed your tired soul to the luxurious cabin of the car that lets you feel the delight of each adventure with the large leather-trimmed seats, optional Harmon Kardon Logic7 surround sound featuring 12 speakers, dual-zone automatic climate control and the panoramic sunroof. All this luxury and comfort has something more to offer, and it is the generous 450 litres cargo space of the car that lets you store your luggage conveniently.
Safety, braking and miscellaneous
The Pumped-up athletic SUV gives you the power to dare every adventure confidently owing to the dependable safety assurance added to the SUV. The Electronic Stability Control system equipped in the SUV uses the information from different sensors to give precise handling responses and enhance the off-road handling capabilities of the SUV. With this the SUV features an efficient braking system consisting of 4-wheel disc brakes associated with Anti-lock Braking System, BAS PLUS Brake Assist and Emergency Brake-force Distribution assist. The other safety features employed in the car includes the lane keeping assist, passive blind spot assist, Distronic Plus, optional attention assist and intelligent light assist.
The dominating crossover promises to be one of your best companions for every off-road adventure owing to its dynamic performance characteristics, precisely-calibrated handling assistances and luxurious comfort feature. However the car faces a tough competition from its German competitors.