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Carlsson unveils new tuning program for 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Carlsson has introduced a tuning program for the elegant Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class (X204) compact sports utility vehicle at the 2013 Essen Motor Show. The tuned GLK features OE quality PU-RIM aerodynamic components as well as a chrome Carlsson radiator grille that surrounds a strong horizontal dividing bar and has the distinctive Carlsson logo at its center.

The new front bumper is complemented by a RS lip spoiler, Carlsson’s trademark three-piece stainless steel mesh grille inserts that make the vehicle look sportier and more elegant.

The chrome-plated inserts for the LED daytime running lights, located at the top of each side air intake, seem like the ‘jewelry’ of this new frontal design. The tuned GLK’s rear valance features a chrome-plated diffuser, complemented by chromed outlets of the quad pipe sports exhaust system. The stainless steel exhaust lowers backpressure, allowing the SUV to churn out a few more horsepower.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec goes on sale in the US with a $39,459 price tag

Mercedes-Benz will start selling the diesel-powered GLK250 BlueTec compact crossover in the United States on April 30, 2013. The GLK250 is powered by an all-aluminum 2.1-liter twin-turbo diesel that will also replace a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel in the restyled E-class sedan in September. The four-cylinder diesel engine will also power the redesigned C-class sedan in 2015.

Mercedes last offered a four-cylinder diesel in the US in 1985, in the persona of the 2.2-liter 190D. The GLK250 will be the fifth diesel-powered model in the Mercedes-Benz USA lineup after the E-class and S-class sedans and the ML and GL crossovers.

Mercedes executives disclosed that three bigger vehicles -- S-class sedan and the ML and GL crossovers -- are unlikely to be powered by the four-cylinder diesel.

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Mercedes-Benz introduces GLK 250 4MATIC, powered by a four-cylinder engine

There’s a new engine for the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class: a very agile and fuel-efficient four-cylinder petrol unit. The high-tech direct injection engine in the GLK 250 4MATIC delivers 155 kW (211 hp) and torque of 350 newton metres, leading to superior performance and stable drive comfort. In addition, the new model year offers the extra benefit of a new-generation infotainment system with heightened functionality for the GLK-Class, as well as for all of Mercedes-Benz SUV models.

For the first time, a four-cylinder petrol engine will be available for the GLK range. Buyers can order the GLK range with this engine starting in June 2013. The advanced 2.0-litre unit provides an excellent drive comfort that’s an expected feature of the brand, making it comparable to what the V6 petrol unit in the GLK 350 4MATIC could offer.

Its performance is outstanding too, enabling the GLK 250 4MATIC to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and to hit a top speed of 215 km/h. As a result, the new model can achieve an NEDC combined fuel consumption of only 7.7 to 7.5 litres of unleaded petrol per 100 kilometres (180-176 g CO2/km).

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Mercedes-Benz not planning an AMG version of the GLK

AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s performance arm, won’t be coming out with a hot-rodded version of the newly released Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class compact crossover. This was confirmed by AMG's vehicle development chief, Tobias Moer, via Australia's CarAdvice. This is quite unexpected since AMG enhanced the performance of nearly all Mercedes-Benz models produced.

AMG even worked on the R-Class crossover and the G-Wagen off roader. Furthermore, AMG has pledged to work on more all-wheel-drive models in the future. Moer said that the GLK doesn’t fit with AMG's mantra. However, he implied that it’s still possible that their minds will change, especially with the arrival of the Porsche Macan.

Moer said that AMG isn't failing to latch on to a growing segment, even if Audi recently presented a high-performance version of the RS Q3, which rivals the GLK in Europe. He thinks that the right strategy wasn’t used on the RS Q3 as it doesn’t have ample power for an RS model. He added that the RS Q3 delivers 310hp from its TT RS-sourced five-cylinder turbo motor.

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Mercedes-Benz will offer a diesel-engine option to the refreshed GLK crossover unveiled at the ongoing New York Auto Show. The GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC will be powered by a 190-hp, 2.1-liter inline-four-cylinder diesel engine. The GLK will be the latest Mercedes vehicle to gain a diesel variant.  All of Mercedes' larger crossovers and sports utility vehicles have diesel variants.

The new engine variant is expected to give the Mercedes GLK an advantage over rivals Audi Q5 and BMW X3, which have yet to offer diesel engines in the United States. Mercedes has yet to disclose the expected fuel economy ratings for the new diesel version. The first new GLK variant to be available for public will be the GLK350, which will start production this summer.

It will be powered by a V-6 engine. The V6 used to have only 268hp, but after its rework, the engine could now spew out 302hp. A buyer could opt to include in his basket an AMG styling package that includes 20-inch wheels, front and rear skirts, sportier daytime running lights, aluminum roof rails and an AMG grille.

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Mercedes-Benz revealed today the 2013 GLK a.k.a. a new facelift for its popular crossover, which promises to offer new fuel-efficient powertrains as well as a fresh design. The first visual impact with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK shows a new set of headlights and new LED daytime running lights (found as standard on all models) in a chrome clasp.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the basic GLK model comes with reflection-type headlamp, but on the models fitted with the 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. There is no longer any differentiation between different types of bumpers with specific on-road and off-road packages. Moreover, the new GLK features new roof rails.

The rear bumper was also updated and features a bold, sporty character while the tail lights have undergone a complete revamp in terms of both appearance and functions.

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Mercedes-Benz will be offering a 2013 GLK diesel this fall, Steve Cannon, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, confirmed. The GLK will be the sixth diesel model in Mercedes’ lineup. Mercedes is currently offering the ML and GL SUVs, R-class crossover, E-class sedan and S-class flagship sedan, all fitted with a six-cylinder 3.0-liter diesel. The 2013 GLK diesel will be fitted with a four-cylinder engine.

Cannon forecasts that diesel sales could push GLK sales from 24,310 units in 2011 to the “high 30s” in 2012.  Diesels represent around 25% to 30% of GL sales and 15% to 20% of the ML, Cannon added.  Diesel sales of the E-class sedan represent 3%. Mercedes commenced sale of its S400 diesel last fall and is planning to create a diesel variant on the compact C class when the car is redesigned in three years.

This year’s offerings outline Mercedes’ diesel dominance over its German rivals. BMW’s diesel fleet only includes the X5 SUV and the 3 series. Audi’s diesel lineup is composed of the Q7 SUV and A3 hatchback, but may soon include the A4 sedan and possibly the compact Q3 crossover.

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In early December, Mercedes-Benz achieved one more milestone in China – the rollout of the first locally built Mercedes-Benz GLK compact SUV at the Beijing plant of Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC). Daimler and Chinese Joint Venture partner BAIC have entered a deal last June to expand their cooperation further with numerous projects, one of which is the GLK.

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, a member of the Daimler Board of Management, Manufacturing and Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans, said that the start of the local GLK output in China illustrates its plan to globally expand the production near to the market. He added that the production side boosts its sales in the regional markets – considered to be a vital factor in the Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy.

Since the Mercedes-Benz GLK debuted in 2008, it has been embraced by customers throughout the world. It has become popular especially in China where a rising number of customers have come to appreciate the compact SUV. In fact, its sales have risen to more than 20,000 units in 2011 so far.

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As part of efforts to widen its share in one of China’s fastest-growing product segments, Mercedes-Benz plans to build its GLK SUV in China. So far, Mercedes has made the C- and E-class in a joint venture with the Chinese firm Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.

Mercedes sales chief Joachim Schmidt told Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe, that within a reasonable period of time, the GLK compact SUV will also be built in China for Chinese customers.

In 2010, Mercedes sold 147,700 vehicles in China, a 115 percent increase over 2009. A total of 12,500 vehicles were GLKs built in Germany and by 2015 that volume is expected to climb to 300,000 units. The compact SUV segment is likely to significantly grow in China.

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Mercedes-Benz will introduce a more economical diesel version of the 2012 GLK crossover. Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Ernst Lieb made the confirmation in an interview for Wardsauto. This new model’s engine will be the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder that will be seen on the next generation C-Klasse.

However, Mercedes plans to beef up its diesel powerplant lineup and will reintroduce an oil burner in 2011 that will be added to the existing range that comprises the ML, GL and R-Klasse Bluetecs. Lieb told wardsauto that the Bluetecs range will account for 15% to 20% of total sales.

The GLK 220 CDI Blue Efficiency that is currently being offered in Europe has an output of 170 hp at 3,200 rpm and 400 Nm of torque starting 1,400 rpm.

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Brabus, a.k.a. the Mercedes-Benz tuner, unveiled today its exclusive program for the recently launched Mercedes GLK. Guaranteed for three years (or up to 100,000 kilometers or 62,000 miles) the new kit was created in order to add a plus of personality to the Bmw X3 rival.

The new kit manufactured from high-end Pur-R-Rim plastics features a re-designed front bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs as well as optional auxiliary high beams and fog lamps, new side sills with integrated LEDs in order to illuminate the ground on either side of the SUV for safe entering and exiting of the vehicle in the dark, a new roof spoiler and a new rear apron with integrated Brabus 4-pipe sport exhaust system.

The new kit is completed with a multitude of tire/wheel combinations, from the Monobloc A wheels in size 8.5Jx17 to 21-inch high-end Monoblock S/ E/ VI light-alloy wheels.

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Mercedes-Benz has delivered the very first Mercedes-Benz GLK 320 CDI sports utility vehicle to its new owner. Handing over the keys to PR consultant Magdalena Dietz is Peter Schabert, manager of Mercedes' Bremen plant.

The handover and the delivery took place at the plant's Customer Center. During the handover ceremony, Schabert described the new GLK as Mercedes' most important new model this year. He noted that the GLK is the premium brand's first compact SUV and the first Mercedes SUV made in Bremen.

He added that as the Bremen plant's manager, he is delighted to personally hand over the first GLK to its owner. He remarked that Dietz will be impressed by the GLK's looks, safety and comfort, as well as its on- and off-the-road performance.

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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.

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Tuning icon Brabus likes its reputation for setting global records for fastest cars and this time, it has done it again with this Mercedes-Benz GLK V12. The vehicle is able to go from 0 - 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and 0 - 200km/h in 12.8 seconds.

Two months ago, this car was tested for top speed at an Italian high-speed track where it posted 322.3 km/h (211 mph), making it the fastest street-legal SUV in the world, according to its press release.

Brabus had fitted the GLK with a massive 6.3-litre V12 bi-turbo engine with two large turbochargers, more efficient intercoolers, free-flow metal catalysts and a stainless steel exhaust system.

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Shortly it will be time to go to the ski slopes once more, and the users of Mercedes versions with the fixed all-wheel-drive system 4MATIC can be confident as they set out toward their selected winter getaway, due to the fact that the performance of the drive arrangement on snow- or ice-packed roads truly remarkable.

Mercedes-Benz shows the high traction reserves together with outstanding directional stability and safety in the latest GLK at its 4MATIC system.

In acute winter settings at a height of 2500 meters on the Austrian Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road this compact SUV is indicating that its driving dynamics belong to a class all their own.

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Two new BlueEFFICIENCY models have been added to Mercedes-Benz GLK lineup. The first model -- the GLK 250 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY -- comes with 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 Nm of torque.

Bearing the title of the "world's most powerful four-cylinder diesel engine for an SUV," the 250 CDI BE goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 213 km/h (132 mph).

Fuel consumption comes in at 6.7L/100km (35.1 mpg), while CO2 emissions are 176 g/km. Even more efficient is the second model -- the GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY -- that comes with 125 kW (170 hp) and 400 Nm of torque.

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As part of its plans to improve local output in China, Daimler is considering Chinese production of its Mercedes-Benz GLK four-wheel-drive or another mid-range car in its joint venture plant in Beijing, chief financial officer Bodo Uebber said in an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung.

In particular, Uebber said that Daimler may produce further models below the E-Class, aside from the C-Class. He added that it's possible that the GLK, crossover between a regular compact car and a sport utility vehicle (SUV), will be included in this list.

Daimler has noted a surge in sales of its mid-range Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class cars. Daimler has a target of selling more than 100,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in China this year, up from the 67,000 in 2009.

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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.

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Highlighted by the obvious truth that it has no roof, the new Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip roadster concept has been made more appealing and more enticing by its custom-built wide-body kit, which was designed in partnership with RoBrady Design.

This comes with the fact that the original brief demanded a design that retains the GLK's structural reliability. Just as soon as Boulevard sent models of its roadster concepts to Mercedes-Benz USA, it got the green light right away.

In collaboration with NBS Performance, Boulevard removed the roof, lowered the windshield height and then placed the essential structural bracing to create a roadster with apparent modifications to the door tops and pillars.

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The Brabus GLK Widestar represents Brabus' own take of the Mercedes-Benz GLK 300, blessing the German SUV with a number of elements that allow it to exhibit the refinement typical of Mercedes vehicles along with the agility and on-road prowess of sports cars. Just one glimpse at the Brabus GLK Widestar tells us about its imposing yet tough stance, mainly attributed to its Widestar bodyshell that has been extended by 50 mm and features integrated flared wheel arches that expand towards the front with special air intake fins.

Moreover, the Widestar bodyshell features specialized bumpers for the front and rear, side skirts and LED daytime running lights. It also features a roof spoiler with LED position lights and LED lighting units positioned above the front windshield. Completing the exterior look of the Brabus GLK Widestar is a black paint finish with extra depth of shine made possible by a special paint process.

According to Ulrich Gauffr, Head of Research and Development at BRABUS, it was an interesting challenge to make the already unique Mercedes GLK more fascinating. He noted that Brabus' Widestar kit highlights the characteristic edge of the original GLK-Class design, including the flared wheel arches that hug its 21-inch wheels wrapped in 295/30 ZR 21 tires. Moreover, it is complemented by a BRABUS chassis kit that lowers ride height by 30 mm as well as a high-performance brake system.

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