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Mercedes Hopes Time for GLK

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Expect the ’10 GLK to continue the U.S. sales generated by the auto maker’s lineup, a key Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. executive says.

In 1997, Mercedes launched its first vehicle in the U.S. the midsize SUV, the model immediately for 12% of the brand’s sales, says Glaser, MBUSA general management.

By 2007, after the had evolved into a cross/utility and was joined in the Mercedes showroom by additional CUVs, light-truck accounted for 30% of the brand’s U.S.

When the all-new GLK compact CUV on sale, it will provide with a new “pathway into the Glaser says, noting its $33,900 starting price.

Each of Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. 330-plus U.S. dealers have a GLK by month’s end, in for the Jan. 5 sales launch.

The GLK compete as a Middle Luxury according to Ward’s segmentation. Not Mercedes’ new offering, this will soon swell to 16 with the arrival early year of the Audi Q5 and Volvo

Glaser dismisses the notion Mercedes is late to the compact CUV suggesting the GLK represents a step in the direction as consumers migrate smaller, more fuel-efficient

“It is the right product at the right at the right price,” he tells during a GLK media preview

The GLK’s starting price to $35,900 when equipped Mercedes’ second-generation 4Matic system, which debuted on the ’07 sedan. Its integration with the 7-speed gearbox negates the for additional suspension parts and a transmission tunnel, thereby Mercedes to use the same body for the 4Matic and 2-wheel-drive models and the weight differential between to 145 lbs. (66 kg).

And because the driveshaft has been reconfigured two gears instead of the previous the system promises improved efficiency.

Glaser says the GLK will 16 mpg (14.7 L/100 km) in city and 22 mpg (10.7 L/100 km) on the highway. The model has the same city rating but is expected to get 21 mpg (11.2 km) on the highway.

The GLK’s 4Matic also boasts a multi-plate in the center differential. Known as a clutch, it channels power to the front and rear wheels, but allows for faster front-wheel in turns – a key element for improved

Output from the GLK’s site in Bremen, Germany, has skewed toward 4Matic to accommodate the anticipated 70:30 rate in favor of the more models. Mercedes links luxury-market interest in all-wheel-drive with steady improvement in the level of refinement. But the auto is not kidding itself about the of its customers to go off-roading. Gravel and are toughest conditions most will see, Glaser

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Production of 2-wheel-drive GLKs up for a “soft” April launch in the says Dave Larsen, product manager-GLK and M-Class.

The maker avoids public projections, but MBUSA President and CEO Lieb offers guidelines for the U.S. reception. “A brand-new in a new segment, should be over and 15,000 to 20,000,” he tells .

That would represent 50% of total GLK output from also home to the C-Class, which the new CUV shares a platform.

The U.S.-market GLK is powered by a 268-hp V-6 with a peak torque of 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm). It is in Europe with a pair of engines – a 3.0L V-6 and a 2.2L I-4 – but says there are no plans to those powertrains available

Mercedes teased the U.S. at the North American International Show in Detroit with the GLK, which inspired the CUV. It was powered by a 2.2L I-4 engine that generated torque of 369 lb.-ft. (500

To streamline the GLK ordering process, offers five packages and options. The packages emphasize multimedia, lighting and leather

Larsen says MBUSA an average transaction price $40,000. But Glaser admits the economic climate, reflected in 25.5% November light-truck plunge, poses a challenge.

a roller-coaster,” he says.

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


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