Mercedes-Benz not planning an AMG version of the GLK

Article by Christian A., on March 19, 2013

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.

Following the global debut in April 2012, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLK is exhibiting its complete abilities on and off the road. Its assertion to leadership of the compact SUV sector is emphasised by revolutionary assistance systems, motors harmonising effectiveness with dexterity, a new modelling, and a comprehensive range of features and components.

The newly designed exterior lends the GLK added dynamism. The body combines classic elements of all-terrain vehicles with the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz models. Stringent lines, expansive surfaces and the smooth-surfaced, volume-emphasizing front and rear areas harmonise with the hallmark GLK body features which are typical of classic, functional all-terrain vehicles.

Apart from the attendant benefits in off-road terrain, this design also offers concrete advantages in day-to-day use. The high seat position provides a commanding view of the traffic situation, with the body lines also designed for excellent visibility.

The design team at the Centre of Competent Interior Design has assumed a complete dashboard renovation, such as a broad trim in aluminium or optional wood that crosses the dashboard’s complete width. The new rounded vents and extra trim components in silver shadow are also eye-catching. An innovative colour display is an available option for the instrument grouping. A three-spoked sports steering wheel, new upholstery hues, and seat designs plus indirect ambient lights featuring LED fibre-optics, available for the first time on the GLK, further increase the good-feeling aura inside.

Clean machines: the GLK engine range

The array of engines allows for a comfortable drive and attractive handling in all GLK models along with lowered emissions and fuel use. In total, there is a selection of six diesel and one petrol models.

GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC comes with a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 nm of torque, when displacing 2143 cc. Even with this incredible performance, this car is extremely frugal when consuming fuel: the compression-ignition engine averages 6.1 to 6.5 L of diesel for each 100 km (159 - 169 g CO2/km, NEDC combined mode).

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