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2014 Mercedes Benz GLK – The New Luxury Crossover!

We usually come across affordable SUVs meant for families when we wander around in the crossover sections. However, if you thought that the high end companies would not take their shots in the crossover market, then you were wrong. We are talking about the gorgeous new SUV that Mercedes has launched in the market – 2014 Mercedes Benz GLK. The new Mercedes Benz GLK is a complete yet small package. Although it is small in size, it can deliver almost every kind of performance under any kind of circumstances that you might want to test the vehicle on!

The new GLK crossover SUV will undoubtedly be a darling as a performer when considered under on-road conditions. However, the question is that will the GLK be able to perform as amazingly off-road? Well, with the stock fittings, no. But if you consider switching to the Offroad Engineering Package, which can be installed on the chassis, then you might even beat off-road oriented SUVs that companies like Jeep produce without putting in any effort at all!

Whether you are a diesel user or a gasoline one, Mercedes has made the GLK available in both options. The diesel model, also known as the GLK 250 features a 2100cc engine which produces a net output of over 190 horsepower. It is capable of sending a torque 0f 369 lb. ft. to the wheels. On the other hand, the gasoline version is named the Mercedes Benz GLK 350, which boasts of a 3500cc V6 engine. The V6 is capable of producing a power output of 302 horsepower and a torque of 273 lb. ft. What makes the GLK 250 (diesel version) a much sought after beast is that it will feature the company’s highly famous and successful 4MATIC all-wheel drive, which will further be combined with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Believe us when we say it, you will absolutely be mesmerised how quiet the cabin is, as Benz themselves stated that the drivetrain is much softer and quieter. Talking about the GLK 350, you will be getting a seven-speed automatic gearbox as well. Choice between the types of wheel drive system is on you. Mercedes will also incorporate the new engine stop/start system in the GLK 350, which is to stay exclusive to the company’s forthcoming new AMG vehicles and hybrid concepts.

Mercedes suffered a huge downfall in reputation regarding the last model of the GLK as the gasoline version of the SUV could manage to deliver a fuel economy of just 16 miles per gallon in city to 22 miles per gallon on highway. The diesel version wasn’t very impressive other. The 2014 version tackled this problem by incorporating the amazing Blue TEC engine in the GLK 250. The new engine manages to pull off a fuel economy of over 45 miles per gallon on highway. Expect a rise of a few thousand dollars if you want the BlueTEC engine though. Also, the petrol version’s efficiency has been increased by many folds. Among many other changes are the changed looks. While the previous GLK was quite sturdy looking, the 2014 version looks much more sporty and elegant. Headlights and tail lamps have been redesigned as well.



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Small Edits Equal Large Improvement for the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Aging celebrities know that a few exterior edits can go a long way, and luxury auto brands such as Mercedes-Benz understand that a great nip-and-tuck for an automobile model can do the same thing. For the first time this year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class gets slight, yet very effective, edits.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class sees the most changes inside its cabin, where much more luxurious materials are used than in the previous model. Featured are Mercedes-Benz traditional large chrome vents, better quality materials, a large amount of wood trim, and a general overall improved ambiance. The front seats of the new GLK-Class are quite roomy, but rear seat legroom is rather pinched. For the best use of space, it’s advisable to use the rear seat for holding children, or simply fold it down to hold shopping items or groceries. When it’s folded, cargo space increase from 35 feet to an impressive 66 cubic feet.

On its exterior, the new SUV looks quite similar to the way it first appeared in 2010, with styling cues from the larger Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. It does, however, look rather softened and simplified overall, in a very positive way. New LED and fiber optic taillights are featured, but the vehicle’s sharp lines are still left over from the original model.

Rather wagon-like in appearance and nearly a foot shorter than the larger Mercedes-Benz M-Class sedan, this year’s GLK-Class receives an improved, well-damped steering wheel and an improved suspension, which gives it the ability to make sharp turns effortlessly. This is due, in part, to the lack of roominess you’ll find in its backseat.

Underneath the vehicle’s hood, you’ll find a rather powerful new 3.5-liter DOHC V6 that gets a boost of 34 horsepower versus last year’s model (putting it up to 302 horsepower), despite the fact that its engine is the same size as the one before. Paired with this engine is a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard, with manual paddle-shifters mounted on the steering wheel. This combination helps the vehicle achieve 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is quite impressive for an SUV. In short, though it’s certainly powerful, the SUV is not all brawn. It’s truly fun to drive, and it’s certainly nice to sit in for a while.

Fuel economy ratings come in at 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway and is paired with such features as an engine stop/start system to keep fuel use frugal. Later in the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec will be the first compact luxury crossover SUV featuring a diesel engine, and it should have the best fuel economy ratings in its segment.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class will be available in two main trims (not counting the diesel variant): the base GLK350 trim with RWD and standard features, starting at $37,090, and the GLK350 4Matic model, featuring all-wheel drive and starting at $39,090. Though the SUV boasts several new standard features, its optional features are much more impressive. These, however,  can be quite pricey when you add them all up.

Overall, this year’s GLK-Class is more luxurious and powerful than ever before. For more information about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, or any other new SUV models, be sure to check out our informative reviews, and don’t forget to check back often for more updates!

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