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

Article by Anita Panait, on December 12, 2013

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.

Carlsson is also offering a sport suspension kit for the petrol-engined GLK300 and GLK350 models. Uprated springs and dampers lower the ride height by 30mm, thus significantly improving its handling on twisty roads.

For those who just want a lowered look, they could avail of a set of 30mm lower springs. The four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in the GLK220 CDI is tuned with Carlsson’s C-Tronic module, increasing its power from 170 to 204 hp and torque to around 500 Nm.

Customers could avail of Carlsson’s alloy wheel designs at size options between 18 and 21 inch diameters for the GLK. The tuned GLK also features new 1/5 EVO DS (dark series) in 9.0J x 21-inch size wrapped in 245/35R21 tires.

Other options include 1/10 in three exclusive finishes of Brilliant Edition (BE), Titanium Edition (TE), and Graphite Edition (GE). These wheels come in 8.5J x 20-inch size, fitted with 255/40R20 tyres.

Customization is further extended into the cabin, thanks to available aluminum footrest and pedal set, door-lock pins and floor mats as well as stainless steel doorsill panels with the Carlsson logo that illuminates at night.

The recently designed exterior gives the GLK added style and grace. The body fuses traditional components of all-terrain cars with the design language of the present Mercedes-Benz models. Stringent lines, extensive surfaces and the sleek-surfaced, volume-highlighting front and rear areas synergize with the trademark GLK body components which are standard of functional all-terrain cars. These include short overhangs, the upright front end, thin roof pillars, a steep windscreen and the rigid roof line. The body design is not a complex end in itself. Rather, it applies the benefits standard of all-terrain cars to the compact SUV segment.

Successful elements specific for an ATV such as approach and departure angle and ground clearance empower off-road travels at any time. The flawlessly designed body and the great all-round visibility mixed with the seat position make it more appropriate for everyday use and allow for relaxed driving.

Underneath the recently designed headlamps, all models provide LED daytime driving lights in a chrome clasp as standard. The radiator grille with two slats and central star takes after the design language of the present passenger vehicle models. The slats are painted silver, with chrome inserts as alternatives. The headlamps encapsulate a fresh rendition of the vintage Mercedes lamp design.

On the basic model with reflection-type headlamps, a chrome torch highlight traverses the two reflectors. On models equipped with the Intelligent Light System (ILS), the bi-xenon headlamp consists of the projection unit, a reflector and the torch with LED fiber-optic cables for the position light, over which the turn signal indicators comprising of individual LEDs are situated.

An especially stunning element of the side view is the roof rails, showcasing an absolutely new design custom-made to the new design language. The gallery bar lays on black plastic supports and gives the silhouette a more exquisite line. As a welcome side-effect of this fresh design, the new rails measure considerably less than its former models. This is especially helpful to driving dynamics, as a weight reduction in the roof area of a car has a far more significant impact than comparable weight savings in different areas, such as the underbody.

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