Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 -- 2012 NYIAS.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Production 2008–present
Model years 2009–present (Europe & other markets)
2010–present (North America)
Assembly Bremen, Germany
6th of October City, Egypt (EGA)[1]
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Body and chassis
Class Compact luxury crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Related Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Powertrain
Engine 2.1L CDI I4
3.0L V6
3.5L V6
3.0L CDI V6
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 108.5 in (2,756 mm)
Length 2009–2011: 178.2 in (4,526 mm)
2012–Present: 178.3 in (4,529 mm)
Width 2009–2011: 72.4 in (1,839 mm)
2012–Present: 74.3 in (1,887 mm)
Height 66.9 in (1,699 mm)

The Mercedes-Benz GLK (codename X204) is a compact luxury crossover SUV that went on sale from the autumn of 2008 after its public debut at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show[2] alongside the competing Audi Q5.

The name GLK is an acronym for Geländewagen Luxus Kompaktklasse,[3] taking its name from larger Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, which in turn was named after the G-Wagen or Geländewagen. Thus, the GL is the luxury-oriented version of the G, and GLK is the compact version of the GL.

From 2015, with the release of the second generation X205 model, the GLK-Class will be renamed to Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class as per the revised nomenclature adopted by the brand. Under this scheme, SUVs use the base name "GL", followed by the model's placement in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The "G" is for geländewagen (German for off-road vehicle) and alludes the long-running G-Wagen. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "C"—the GLC being the SUV equivalent to the C-Class.[4][5]

GLK concept models[edit]

Vision GLK Freeside (2008)[edit]

It is a concept vehicle incorporating design of the original Mercedes-Benz G-Class with typical design features from the contemporary Mercedes-Benz passenger car range. The concept vehicle includes 2.2-litre BlueTec four-cylinder Diesel engine rated 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp), 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission, 4Matic all-wheel drive, anticipatory Pre-Safe safety concept and the Intelligent Light System (ILS), Command APS infotainment centre, a rear-seat entertainment system with two screens and Thermotronic 3-zone automatic climate control, Agility Control suspension. The vehicle was unveiled in 2008 Detroit Auto Show.[6][7]

Vision GLK Townside (2008)[edit]

It is a concept vehicle demonstrating GLK's dynamic performance on the tarmac. The vehicle was unveiled in 2008 North American International Auto Show.[8]

GLK production model[edit]

The vehicle's design was heavily influenced by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.[9]

The GLK-Class shares the C-Class (W204) platform, and production plans continued after the demise of the similar Smart Formore. The vehicle was unveiled in Auto China 2008.[10]

European models went on sale in June 30, 2008, with deliveries began in the autumn. Early German models included GLK 220 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency, GLK 320 CDI 4Matic, GLK 280 4Matic, GLK 350 4Matic. GLK Edition 1 models are based on V6 engine models, but include exterior sports package, 20-inch wheels, Easy-Pack tailgate and specially coloured privacy glass in the rear compartment, interior sports package, black/white nappa leather seats from the designo range, AMG multifunction leather steering wheel, a black roof lining, exclusive aluminium trim elements and the Command APS system, calcite white body colour.[11]

GLK 220 CDI BlueEfficiency, GLK 220 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency, GLK 300 4Matic, GLK 250 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency were introduced in 2009.[12][13]

At launch in Germany and North America, the car was offered in all-wheel drive only, though a rear-wheel drive only version was added to the range.[14]

The GLK-Class is not sold in RHD markets such as the United Kingdom and Australia, due to a driveshaft used to operate the front wheels on 4WD versions of the GLK. It is positioned such that it encroaches slightly on the right-hand-side footwell.

Vision GLK Bluetec Hybrid (2008)[edit]

It is a concept vehicle demonstrating Bluetec engine with hybrid module. It includes a 4-cylinder Bluetec Diesel engine, maximum 160 N·m (118 lb·ft) electric motor, alubeam blue body colour, 20-inch light-alloy wheels, black leather upper dashboard upholstery, Command APS central display, Agility Control suspension.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.[15]

2008 SEMA concepts (2008)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz USA partnered with four tuners to develop custom designs based on the upcoming 2010 GLK-Class vehicles, as part of the US launch of GLK-Class SUV in 2009.

The Urban Whip is a white roadster built by Boulevard Customs, NBS Performance. Based on the GLK 350 4Matic, it included custom-made wide-body kit developed with RoBrady Design, body lowered by 64mm with custom lowering springs, 26-inch Asanti AF 150 chrome wheels with custom black accents and 295/25 ZR26 Pirelli Scorpion tires, front and rear Brembo performance brake kit with 381mm 2-piece floating rotors and 8-pot front callipers and 344mm 2-piece floating rotors with 4-piston rear callipers, 5.7 kW custom stereo system with eight HD amps and six new JL Audio 13TW5 flat subwoofers.[16][17][18]

Brabus Widestar included a 320 Bluetec engine from other models available in the USA, Widestar bodyshell, customised front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, side skirts, a roof spoiler with LED lights (position lights) and all-new LED lighting units above the front windshield, 21-inch wheels with 295/30 ZR 21 tires, lower ride height by 30 mm via Brabus chassis kit, high-performance brake system, enhanced engine power to 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp) and 610 N·m (450 lb·ft) via ECOPowerXtra tuning kit, semi-aniline leather upholstery, diagonal stitching on the seating, door panels and the entire vehicle floor in cognac colour; black leather on upper surfaces of dashboard and door panels; black with piano black wood trim at roof lining alcantara upholstery, sports steering wheel and aluminium sports pedals, multimedia system mounted in the front seat backs with a DVD player and 7-inch monitors.[19][20]

RennTech Rally Racer is a hybrid vehicle based on GLK 350 4Matic, built by Renntech, inspired by the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The engine power was increased to 350 PS (257 kW; 345 hp) via special intake manifold, cams and cylinder heads, long-tube headers, composite air intake, Renntech ECU software. It also included hybrid system with 72 volt electric motor, 12 volt plug-in batteries. Other features include custom coil-over suspension from KW, Renntech brake combo with 412mm 2-piece rotors with 8-piston front callipers at the front and 356mm discs with 4-pot rear callipers, 20 inch 3-piece, 5-spoke Renntech Sniper Gray wheels with NT05 275/40 20 Nitto front and NT05 315/35 20 rear tires, aerodynamically-tuned body kit.[21][22]

The Four Corners Rock Crawler is based on GLK 350 4Matic, built by Legendary Motorcar Company. The design was inspired by the idea of turning the GLK into an interactive snowboarding car. It included a gasoline-powered tow winch, stainless steel bar roof with swing-out side-mounted grinding rails, Perspex panel fitted to the roof, increased ride height by 38mm via custom-made spacers on the lower control arm at the rear and billet aluminium spacers at the front, 18-inch Jesse James Black-Widow rims with Toyo Open Country AT mudder tires, stock interior.[23][24] The vehicles were unveiled in 2008 SEMA show,[25] followed by 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.[26][27]

The ECO PowerXtra engine tuning kit found in Brabus Widestar concept also appeared in its GLK 320 CDI 4Matic upgrade kit.[28] Brabus Widestar was later sold as conversion kit for X204 GLK built before June 2012.[29] The construction of Rock Crawler concept was featured in season 9 of Dream Car Garage.[30]

Renntech GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car (2011)[edit]

It is a concept car based on the RennTech Rally Racer built for 2008 SEMA show. It included an updated body kit with 3M 1080 Scotchprint textured automotive vinyl wrap in brushed steel (1080-BR201) and black carbon fiber (1080 CF-12) colours with subtle red pin stripping. The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Pittsburgh International Automotive Show.[31]

Safety[edit]

2010 Pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz GLK350

Comprehensive restraint system for the best possible occupant protection.[32]

In combination with the front and rear deformation zones, the high-strength passenger cell of the GLK-Class provides a highly efficient foundation for the occupant protection systems. The intricate restraint system is capable of offering the greatest possible protection potential. As many as nine airbags are fitted, which are deployed selectively depending on the type of collision and its severity to reduce the forces exerted on the occupants eMercedesBenz said – The all-encompassing approach taken to achieving a high standard of safety evinces itself particularly clearly in the Integral Safety concept, that Mercedes-Benz has once again implemented in the new GLK.

Engines[edit]

Mercedes-Benz GLK 320 CDI, Germany
Petrol engines
Model Years Type Power, torque@rpm
GLK 280 4Matic 2008–2009 2,996 cc (183 cu in) 24V V6 (M 272 DE 30) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@6000, 300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@2500–5000
GLK 300 4Matic 2009–2011 2,996 cc (183 cu in) 24V V6 (M 272 DE 30) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@6000, 300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@2500–5000
GLK 350 4Matic 2008–2011 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 272 DE 30) 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@6000, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@2400–5000
Diesel engines
Model Years Type Power, torque@rpm
GLK 200 CDI BlueEfficiency 2010– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA red.) 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@3200–4600, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1200–2800
GLK 220 CDI BlueEfficiency 2009– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@3200–4200, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1400–2800
GLK 220 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency 2009– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@3200–4200, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1400–2800
GLK 250 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency 2009–2012 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@4200, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1600–1800
GLK 320 CDI 4Matic 2008–2009 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V V6 turbo (OM 642 LS DE 30 LA) 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp)@3800, 540 N·m (398 lb·ft)@1600–2400
GLK 350 CDI 4Matic (224PS) 2009–2010 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V V6 turbo (OM 642 LS DE 30 LA) 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp)@3800, 540 N·m (398 lb·ft)@1600–2400
GLK 350 CDI 4Matic (231PS) 2010–2012 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V V6 turbo (OM 642 LS DE 30 LA) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@3800, 540 N·m (398 lb·ft)@1600–2400

In 2009, GLK 280 4Matic and GLK 320 CDI 4Matic were replaced by GLK 300 4Matic and GLK 350 CDI 4Matic respectively.[33]

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
GLK 280 4Matic 2008–2009 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 300 4Matic 2009–2011 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 350 4Matic 2008–2011 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
Diesel engines
Model Years Types
GLK 200 CDI BlueEfficiency 2010– 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 220 CDI BlueEfficiency 2009– 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 220 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency 2009– 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 250 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency 2009–2012 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 320 CDI 4Matic 2008–2009 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 350 CDI 4Matic (224PS) 2009–2010 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)
GLK 350 CDI 4Matic (231PS) 2010–2012 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic)

Production[edit]

In December 2011, the first locally-produced Mercedes-Benz GLK was made in the Beijing production plant of Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC).[34]

At the end of July 2008, Mercedes-Benz had received a total of 10,000 orders for a GLK-Class vehicle, with 1000 orders for the Edition 1 vehicles.[35]

As of Nov 03, 2008, 25,000 orders have been placed for the GLK-Class in Western Europe, with delivery began in 2008-10-18.[36]

Marketing[edit]

As part of the GLK product launch prior to the 2008 Detroit Auto Show debut, a prototype GLK appeared in the Sex and the City movie.[37][38][39][40]

As part of the GLK product launch, the www.mercedes-glk.com web site was unveiled, which features an interactive music video that users can help to design, as well as a “GLK Backstage” section for discussions with the engineers who created the new model.[41]

As part of US product launch with the SEMA concepts, visitors could cast vote for the favourite customized GLK vehicles, with winner of the “Tuner Challenge” announced on 2 December.[42]

2012 update[edit]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 New York International Auto Show.[43]

Early models include GLK 200 CDI BlueEfficiency, GLK 220 CDI BlueEfficiency, GLK 220 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency, GLK 220 BlueTEC 4Matic, GLK 250 BlueTEC 4Matic, GLK 350 CDI 4Matic BlueEfficiency, GLK 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency.[44][45]

Early US models include GLK 350 and GLK 350 4MATIC BlueEfficiency as 2013 model year vehicle sold in summer 2012, followed by GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC in early 2013.[46]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type Power, torque@rpm
GLK 350 2012– 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6500, 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@3500–5250
GLK 350 4MATIC BlueEfficiency 2012– 3,498 cc (213 cu in) 24V V6 (M 276 DE 35) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6500, 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@3500–5250
Diesel engines
Model Years Type Power, torque@rpm
GLK 200 CDI BlueEfficiency 2012– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA red.) 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@3200–4600, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1200–2800
GLK 220 CDI BlueEfficiency 2012– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@3200–4200, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1400–2800
GLK 220 CDI 4MATIC BlueEfficiency 2012– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@3200–4200, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1400–2800
GLK 220 BlueTEC 4MATIC 2012– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)@3200–4200, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1400–2800
GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC 2012– 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 twin turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@4200, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1600–2800
GLK 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEfficiency 2012– 2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V V6 turbo (OM 642 LS DE 30 LA) 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp)@3800, 620 N·m (457 lb·ft)@1600–2400

All engines include ECO start/stop function and direct fuel injection.

Canada models include GLK 350 4MATIC BlueEfficiency (as GLK 350 4MATIC).

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
GLK 350 2012– 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)
GLK 350 4MATIC BlueEfficiency 2012– 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)
Diesel engines
Model Years Types
GLK 200 CDI BlueEfficiency 2012– 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)
GLK 220 CDI BlueEfficiency 2012– 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)
GLK 220 CDI 4MATIC BlueEfficiency 2012– 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)
GLK 220 BlueTEC 4MATIC 2012– 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)
GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC 2012– 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)
GLK 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEfficiency 2012– 7-speed automatic (7G-Tronic Plus)

Production and sales[edit]

Calendar year Production US sales
2008
2009 21,944[47]
2010 20,946
2011 93,836 24,310[48]
2012 109,813 29,364
2013 32,553

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