Mercedes-Benz won't be pulling any punches at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), as it plans to display four differently customized 2010 Mercedes GLK-Class concepts from leading aftermarket tuning firms: BRABUS Widestar, the Four Corners Rock Crawler, RENNTech Rally Racer and the Urban Whip.
All of these concepts are meant to demonstrate how customers could customize the GLK luxury SUV, which would be available to the public starting January 2009. First off is the concept developed by Mercedes-Benz tuning experts Brabus – the BRABUS Widestar.
This concept is basically a GLK300 BLUETEC featuring a stunning wide-track "designer suit" that includes flowing front and rear wheel arch flares as well as redesigned front and rear bumpers. The suit also includes exclusive BRABUS wheels as well as an interior that matches the exterior scheme.
On the other hand, the Four Corners Rock Crawler – made by muscle car restoration expert Legendary Motor Cars – features a design especially made for skate and wakeboarders. It employs a winching system as well as specially integrated side rails.
Meanwhile, the GLK Rally Racer from RENNTech has been inspired by the unlimited-class rally cars at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. This GLK concept is RENNTech’s first use of a hybrid powertrain to improve acceleration off the line as well as out of the corners. Lastly, the Urban Whip – delivered by Boulevard Customs – will come rolling onto SEMA with a wide body styling kit complemented by 26-inch wheels and tires. It also features a redesigned interior and an intense stereo system.
These four GLK-Class show cars are bound to be exhibited at the upcoming SEMA show on November 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendees could vote for their favorite design through Online and mobile voting. Weeks after, on November 21-30, the four show cars will be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Starting early October, all four GLK-Class concepts will be featured in videos on Mercedes-Benz USA's Web site at www.mbusa.com. Once votes from the SEMA attendees and at www.mbusa.com are tallied, the carmaker will declare the winning show car on December 2, 2008. Based in Montvale, New Jersey, Mercedes-Benz USA takes care of the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States.