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

Article by Christian A., on April 12, 2013

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).

The new model is very efficient due to a wide-ranging list of measures. It features an exhaust gas turbocharger and direct injection and has a low engine weight of 139 kilograms, low friction losses and the demand-actuated control of the ancillary units.

Numerous injections of fuel are made possible with fast-acting piezo injectors. Meanwhile, the consistent combustion of the air/fuel mixture is guaranteed by demand-actuated multi-spark ignition. Furthermore, variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust side lessens consumption and improves output. The Mercedes-Benz ECO start/stop function is now offered as standard.

Its fuel consumption becomes even lower due to its seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission in the GLK, when in "M" mode. It also comes with a digital gear indicator with gearshift recommendation in the instrument cluster. Order books for the new Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 4MATIC are now open. In Germany, each is priced at 44,149 euros incl. VAT.

The way the exterior of the GLK has been designed gives it that needed poise. The reason is because its body continues to have the typical elements found in an all-terrain vehicle, combined with the current design language of Mercedes-Benz. Thus the GLK has on its body the rigid lines, those expansive surfaces, and the smooth surface of the front and rear region which helps highlight its volume. These complement a number of features from an all-terrain vehicle like the slender roof pillars, tight roof line, steep windscreen, and short overhangs.

However the way the body has been designed is not only for visual purposes as it also takes full advantage of what an ATV can bring to the compact SUV segment. These include not only having the departure and approach angle to allow for off-road adventures any time but to have the ground clearance as well to do it. While the GLK has a cleanly designed body with excellent all-around visibility, it’s combined with the seat position. This results in a more relaxed driving and improved daily use. An interesting feature on its side is the newly designed roof rails which fit with the brand’s new design language. With the gallery bar being polished and placed on black plastic supports, it gives an elegant line to its profile. The new design also resulted in the rail being lighter compared to the ones in the previous model.

The advantage of this is that it improves driving dynamics as a roof area with a lower weight means higher impact than lower weight on other components like the underbody for instance. Going to the rear, the bumper gives it that athletic and strong quality especially with the delicate taillights and the lines that help highlight its width. Eye-catching features in this area include the underguard which is offered in chrome as an option. A standard feature is the tailpipe trims which have been chrome plated and incorporated to the rear apron.

Meanwhile the taillights were not only redesigned but also had its functions improved. Under the headlamps are the LED daytime driving lights which come with a chrome clasp fitted as standard. This feature will be available for all models. The radiator grille on the front has two slats and a central star, which is in-line with the design of many of the present Mercedes-Benz passenger car models.

The slats are painted in silver as standard but can have chrome inserts as an option. Still on the headlamps, one can easily see it offers a new version of the lamp design the brand is known for. For the basic version that has the reflection-type headlamps, there will be a chrome torch feature that covers two reflectors. For models that come with the Intelligent Light System, it will have the bi-xenon headlamp which will be composed of the torch, reflector, and projection unit. The torch in particular will have the LED fiber-optic cables for its position light. On top of the headlamps will be the turn signal indicators made up of individual LEDs.

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