2009 Mercedes-Benz GLK receives new monochrome accessories

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

With the approaching winter season, Mercedes-Benz is turning its concentration specifically on fans of the latest GLK with a variety of stylish yet practical genuine parts. The range extends from striking fashionable products and precision-fit carriers and safety systems to advanced communication and entertainment gears.

It is not just in the fashion world that Mercedes-Benz focuses on individuality and graceful styling: the top quality accessories for the latest GLK provide many ways to give the compact Sports Utility Vehicle a highly individual dash and expand its range of uses. One chiefly striking piece is the tough, easy-fit roof box XL in an extremely stylish calcite white.

An exceptional color matching process guarantees that the box is a perfect match for the original GLK paintwork theme. The mixture of color-imbued ABS plastic and first-rate acrylic surfaces produces a tough high-gloss finish. The sleek design of the box highlights the unique contours of the GLK. The family box has a maximum capacity of 450 liters and is offered with the opening on either the right or the left.

Other optional features include a ski rack insert of up to five pairs of skis and a heavy-duty luggage set, which is built to maximize use of the available space in the box. The new Alustyle Easy-Fix essential carrier bars form the ideal foundation for moving the box, sports gear additional luggage items. The New Alustyle ski and snowboard rack can be locked and permits sports gear to be stored without the need for a separate case.

The Standard model can hold up to a maximum of four pairs of skis or two snowboards and the Comfort version up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards. Inside the vehicle, the ski bag, this has tension and carrying straps, holds up to four pairs of skis. Cycling enthusiasts will find the New Alustyle bicycle rack especially convenient.

The basic carrier bars can handle up to three racks, and cycles can be fastened at ground level before the racks are fixed in position. The rear-mounted bicycle rack provides a choice to the roof-mounted variant. It is fixed to the trailer coupling and the vehicle's load compartment is accessible without having to remove the cycles, thanks to its simple fold-down apparatus. Innovative communication gadgets have also been furnished in the latest GLK.

There are in excess of 50 different mobile-phone holders, allowing advanced business and lifestyle mobiles manufactured by a variety of brand names to be connected on board. The phone's functionality is comfortable and practically controlled through the multifunction steering wheel. The holders can be put in place with a single move and, when needed, changed in seconds, as long as the vehicle is equipped with the optional additional convenience telephony (Code 386).

The Apple iPhone holder provides iPhone users a safe and comfortable means to connect up their mobile units. There is also a different holder for the latest UMTS iPhone 3G which will be available starting the end of 2008. The accessories array is also comprised of products which offer a safe and user-friendly way to enjoy customized music favorites on the road: the iPod Interface Kit incorporates the Apple iPod completely into the on-board audio system.

The portable player is connected into the interface in the glove compartment from where it communicates with the on-board electronics. Here too the player is controlled through the luxurious multifunction steering wheel (Code 442). Everything is provided for that there is no need for a separate factory-provided optional spare. The iPod/iPhone holder for the glove compartment guarantees a solid hold and is compatible with a variety of iPod variants (video, photo, mini, nano, classic and touch) in addition to the iPhone and iPhone 3G. GLK owners who desire to put in more personalized touches to their unique vehicle are overindulged for choice. High-brilliance chromed styling products are created to provide superior emphasis to specific areas of the vehicle.

The array consists from chrome strips for the front bumper, fog lamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings (available beginning the 1st quarter of 2009) and door handle recesses to the rear trim strip. Additional striking features include stainless steel roof strips, available as a set of 4, and a set of mirrored indicator bulbs. The aluminum-look running board is another piece which radiates high-quality design, and the rubber studs give it a slip-free finish. The rear apron trim, in tough plastic, can be fixed directly to the bumper to provide a particularly athletic effect.

The special diffuser look adds vitality, as does the sleek design of the front spoiler lip.The roof spoiler stylishly lengthens the roof line. The unique, angular feature of the GLK is emphasized by individual light-alloy wheels, such as the two 5-twin-spoke versions, available in size 8.5J x 20 ET 43 with size 235/45 R20 rubber and 7.5J x 19 ET 47 with size 235/50 R19 rubber. Even wider configurations are offered optional for the rear axle.

The rim lock set, includes a coded key and one lock per wheel, to prevent theft of the highly striking designer wheels. Limited hub caps and valve caps add a further sophisticated touch to the design. No-nonsense features are the focus when it comes to the RUD-matic snow chain system. Its easy-to-use design guarantees that it can be put in place and subsequently removed quickly, and the toughened chain links are so made to successfully endure the toughest of conditions, giving excellent traction on slippery surfaces.

The Quickpark reversing assistant makes exact parking straightforward, even where there is poor visibility, enabling parking-damage prevention. Different age-specific seat systems are offered, offering maximum protection of the next generation. The DUO plus child seat was designed for children between the ages of eight months and four years (with estimated weights between nine to 18 kilograms) and highlights a special addition: besides the height-adjustable shoulder straps, the optionally offered automatic child seat recognition and the ISOFIX accessory points, the top tether, which is a strap that is utilized to secure the head section in place, guarantees the perfect grip.

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