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Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK

2008 Mercedes Vision GLK

The Vision GLK FREESIDE and Vision GLK provide a stylistically sound of a future compact SUV model with character, whose of fascination stems from the way in it fuses different design The two studies incorporate elements from the original angular of the G-Class, whilst at the same impressing with design typical of today’s Mercedes-Benz cars. Both stem the same gene pool, yet distinguishes itself with a all of its own.

These two automotive are receiving their baptism of at the NAIAS in Detroit. In the words of Dr. Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of of Daimler AG: The Vision GLK FREESIDE and reveal new possibilities for the logical of our extremely successful model in the SUV segment.

He has a particularly strong to the compact and striking Vision GLK which dates back to his as a vehicle developer in the mid-1980s one of his remits was responsibility for development of the G-Class. Looking back there is something he would to make clear: The requirements have changed over One thing has certainly remained the however: a model from with the letter G in its name be capable of performing exceptionally any conditions.

The FREESIDE and TOWNSIDE trademark SUV characteristics, such as and off-road capability, and unite with refined motoring on regular roads. In both the AGILITY CONTROL suspension exceptional driving dynamics and coupled with exemplary comfort plus pioneering of active safety. The Vision GLK brings the off-road abilities to the fore with its special body parts and rugged guard, while the Vision GLK with sports suspension its strengths in tarmac terrain. the backbone of both variants is a robust bodyshell that a solid basis for a number of key characteristics too: handling as well as vibration and acoustic which are equally as impressive all driving conditions, plus safety, which is up to the brand’s impeccably high standard.

Responsive performance is guaranteed in model versions regardless of the thanks to the latest generation of and eco-friendly BLUETEC four-cylinder units under the bonnet, operate in unison with the seven-speed automatic transmission and the new all-wheel drive. The compact-sized models also feature a of technical highlights which are the preserve of the more exclusive categories. Quite apart the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory safety and the ILS Intelligent Light System, include the COMAND APS infotainment with its intuitive operating a rear-seat entertainment system two screens, plus THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control.

The of the two studies match the expressive of the exterior, and present an enticing mix of materials plus an ergonomically overall concept. Both convey that characteristic feel of wellbeing, but interpret it in two different styles. The Vision GLK immerses its occupants in an ambience of and comfort, with white appointments and wood trim in a matt finish. The light leather upholstery and trim made from brushed in the interior of the TOWNSIDE, on the other set a more sporty tone.

bold, independent the Vision GLK

Borrowing from the styling of the of all Mercedes-Benz SUV models confers a status on both the FREESIDE and As Head of Design Professor Pfeiffer neatly sums up: the G-Class we created a style that has been a yardstick for 30 years now. Unifying puristic design with the new design idiom is what the two Vision GLK variants genuine in their own right.

And indeed, before has it been possible to such a strikingly expressive of a forthcoming compact SUV model. The between the original angular and the design features typical of all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars an enthralling appeal. The clear-cut idiom, where taut interact with large, surfaces, coincides with the attributes of practical off-road including short overhangs, a front end, slender a steeply angled windscreen and roof lines. Specially 20-inch light-alloy wheels, in each case to reflect the characters of the FREESIDE and TOWNSIDE, the bodies of the two Vision GLK models extra power and vibrancy, as do the contours of the wheel arches.

The bodywork’s styling is far from a means to an end in itself, however, it allows the benefits that are associated with off-road to be transferred for the first time to the on-road-orientated, compact SUV class. angles of approach and departure to generous ground clearance excursions off the beaten track a experience. The fact that the enjoys both an excellent of the body and a good all-round courtesy of the raised seating boosts everyday practicality and relaxed motoring, even driving in dense city

Artfully setting off the persuasive concept of the Vision GLK models are two paint finishes. Diamond magno a metallic paint with a matt clear gives the FREESIDE an extravagant On top of this, detachable body finished in gleaming sterling generate an intriguing contrast. The is resplendent in Alubeam blue, a high-gloss reflective paint of unprecedented depth which the body’s sporty qualities.

sets new trends in the compact segment

The interior of the SUV studies is a continuation of the exterior’s bold serving up a surprising interaction of contrasts that is generated by the of two quite different design On the one hand, both Vision GLK offer an upmarket and luxurious boasting materials of exquisite plus precision build down to the finest detail. At the time, however, the sophisticated finishes transfer the contemporary design into the interior. The element here, due to its dominant is the dashboard, whose form on into the door trims, additional width to the generously interior. It is impossible to overlook the strip of trim elements extends across the dashboard’s width, dividing the base into three vertically levels. On the FREESIDE, this is dominated by matt-finish anthracite-coloured wood with a white along with a perfectly seam of chrome. In the TOWNSIDE, aluminium appears here to the dynamic character.

On both versions, the upper of the dashboard is trimmed in black and spans the instrument cluster and the central display of the COMAND APS in a sweep. At the bottom, as well as on the tunnel and in the footwells, the different touches that distinguish the two models appear once The FREESIDE’s interior picks up on the paintwork’s colour scheme. The and lower door trims are in white leather, which has treated with a special method to give it the same sheen as the exterior’s diamond magno paint finish. apart from the stunning effect, this treatment of the covers gives them a soft surface that is to the skin and pleasant to the touch. piping seams on the seats create the harmonious contrast black and white. The interior of the TOWNSIDE emphasise its sporty with leather upholstery and whose light aquamarine complements the tones of the exterior’s blue finish. Here, blue piping seams a visually coherent contrast.

The armrest and the COMAND APS controller are for optimum ergonomics. The tried-and-tested logic borrowed from the makes it possible to navigate the individual menus intuitively. direct access buttons it easier to call up the principal functions.

Both Vision protect their occupants an all-encompassing safety concept on a high-strength passenger call and crumple zones at the front and The raft of protective measures front airbags, sidebags and a kneebag for the driver, along crash-responsive head restraints.

New BLUETEC four-cylinder engines AdBlue injection

The Vision GLK are powered by a brand new generation of engines. The four-cylinder 2.2-litre furthers the basic dynamic concept of the automotive siblings, and is of generating exhilarating performance its output of 125 kW/170 hp whilst at the time cutting fuel and emission figures. Technical of the extremely compact and smooth-running CDI with rearward camshaft include the fourth-generation common-rail injection with an injection of 2000 bar, as well as a turbocharger system.

Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK

The modular emission control system has further enhanced by Mercedes-Benz, and is now combined in its most efficient for the very first time a four-cylinder engine. BLUETEC us a technology that makes it for us to combine the high efficiency and torque of modern diesel with extremely low emissions a propulsion unit for a compact SUV the GLK, declares Dr Thomas member of the Board of Management of AG and responsible for corporate research and the of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The focus of technology is on minimising emissions of oxides.

These are the sole of exhaust gases whose are higher in diesel engines in their petrol-powered counterparts due to operating principle. The oxidising converter and maintenance-free particulate are supplemented by a SCR catalytic converter. a harmless aqueous solution of is injected into the exhaust This method converts as as 80 per cent of the nitrogen oxides non-toxic nitrogen and water. The thereby provides a perfect of just how the more compact models are also able to with the toughest emissions including even the EU6 limits are only due to come into for all new vehicles as of 2015. By that the current EU4 threshold for nitrogen will have been down by a further 70 per cent or so to g/km. Not even the stringent US enshrined in BIN 5 or California’s LEV2 would pose an obstacle for the FREESIDE or the TOWNSIDE.

4MATIC drive system: performance under any conditions

The new all-wheel-drive system featured in the GLK FREESIDE and Vision GLK TOWNSIDE is one of the proficient of its kind. The basic with the engine installed and the transmission and transfer case as a single block, produces a and lightweight arrangement that frictional losses, as well as a number of further benefits to other systems where the unit is installed crossways. The of this is that fuel is on a par with that of a comparable with conventional two-wheel Vibration and acoustic comfort are of a normally found in today’s models.

The basic 45:55 of drive torque between the and rear wheels combines the ESP®, ASR and 4ETS dynamic control systems to produce assured and perfectly predictable characteristics under all conditions. traction is assured at all times, with maximum directional and flawless handling. The newly multiple-disc clutch in the centre comes to the system’s aid when between the tyres and ground is low, for example when over snow or ice. A interaxle lock of 50 Newton gives a boost to traction, any loss of handling stability.

driving dynamics, peerless reassuring active safety

The CONTROL suspension fitted in the GLK studies succeeds in resolving a of aims that afflicts the SUV especially: this is because the engineers seek to create a that is as sporty and agile as it is and smooth, plus, at the same capable of travelling off-road. If the is placed on sporty, dynamic there must be a certain about the tuning of the suspension and the shock absorbers, which precludes the desired ride typical of the Mercedes-Benz brand and restrictions on the vehicle’s abilities in terrain. If, on the other hand, the is purpose-built for ride comfort and expertise by fitting softer its driving dynamics will of suffer.

Amplitude-responsive damping provides the here, the shock absorber’s forces are of a flexible nature, than having a rigid During normal driving moderately contoured roads or excursions at low speeds, the system is for soft response to the benefit of the sense of wellbeing and the vehicle’s abilities. In order to keep the feeling at their ease driving at a brisker pace or abrupt evasive manoeuvres, the switch to a firmer setting in situations to ensure maximum stability. At the same time, the of the Vision GLK can count on the support of the steering, which provides the level of power assistance as the changes. The system therefore light work of parking or manoeuvres by maximising power As the speed increases, however, is reduced in favour of greater stability.

Each of the two studies on the inherent benefits of the amplitude-responsive in their own way. With its sporty suspension tuning and a height that has been by 30 millimetres, the on-road-orientated TOWNSIDE maximises fun at the wheel when on tarmac. The FREESIDE, on the other has been optimised for off-road with longer spring and a softer basic set-up, the greatest possible driving regardless of the condition of the road even when there is no as such to be seen.

Vision the latest member to join the SUV segment

Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK
Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK
Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK
Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK
Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK
Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK

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