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Mercedes-Benz GLK: The dynamism of a rock-solid character

Bahrain: Saturday, August 25 - 2012 @ 13:40

The latest models have already made its debut in the Kingdom and are waiting for you to come see it. 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.

Mr Mark Price, Sales Manager at Al Haddad Mercedes-Benz, said that “the designers at the Centre of Competence for Interiors have undertaken a thorough makeover of the dashboard, for example: a wide trim in aluminium or optionally in wood spans the entire width of the dashboard and he said that the new round vents and additional trim elements in silver shadow also catch the eye. A high-end colour display is optionally available for the instrument cluster”. The GLK comes with a three-spoke sports steering wheel, new upholstery colours and seat designs plus indirect ambient lighting featuring LED fibre-optic technology, which is available on it for the first time. Further enhance the feel-good atmosphere inside the car.

Mr Price said that “the range of engines provides for drive comfort and attractive performance in all GLK models in conjunction with low emissions and fuel consumption and the excellent fuel economy of all GLK models is underpinned by a comprehensive package of Blue Efficiency measures as well as by this state-of-the-art engine technology. In addition to the ECO start/stop function that comes as standard, these measures include the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. Low-friction axle drives, electric steering and tyres with low rolling resistance also play their part in reducing fuel consumption”.

Exemplary safety as standard: Assistance systems familiar from the S- and E-Class feature as standard to enable a further improvement in active safety and driver-fitness safety and take the compact SUV to the top of its market segment.

Electric steering with Steer Control, which supports the driver in unstable driving conditions by triggering an impulse which can be felt on the steering wheel, prompting counter steering by the driver in the correct direction, Brake Assist (BAS), which provides additional brake power when emergency braking is detected, and Adaptive Brake featuring Hill-Start Assist, Hold function, brake drying in the wet and priming of the brake system all support the driver. The high standard of active safety is ensured by the Agility Control suspension with selective damping system, the ESP Electronic Stability Program with integrated trailer stabilisation and tyre pressure loss warning and, on the 4MATIC models, by permanent all-wheel drive and the 4ETS electronic traction system.

Optional equipment includes the Attention Assist drowsiness detection system and the Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system. Additional assistance systems, including active variants, are optionally available. One example here is Active Parking Assist, enabling automatic manoeuvring into and out of parking spaces. To facilitate manoeuvring when visibility is poor there is a backup camera with guide lines or – for the first time from Mercedes-Benz – a 360° camera.

Additional systems are optionally available as individual items or in special packages. The Driving Assistance package Plus comprises DISTRONIC PLUS including BAS PLUS, PRE-SAFE Brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist. The Parking package combines the described 360° camera including Active Parking Assist and PARKTRONIC. The Lane Tracking package includes Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist. Another new development is the Off-road Engineering package in combination with the Intelligent Light System (ILS). Off-road Light is available here for trips in difficult terrain. Specific headlamp settings provide for better off-road orientation by more widespread illumination of the field of vision.

The revamped GLK-Class incorporates the integral safety concept in keeping with Mercedes-Benz’s brand philosophy, which is based first and foremost on real accident scenarios. The GLK’s highly robust occupant cell provides an effective basis for occupant protection in conjunction with the front and rear deformation zones. The GLK comes with numerous standard-fit items of equipment to protect its occupants. In addition to airbags, pelvis bags and side bags for driver and front passenger, there are also window bags for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers as well as a knee bag for the driver. An active bonnet serves to reduce the risk of injury for the more vulnerable road users.

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