Mercedes introduced the GLK Vision small SUV to compete with the segment leading BMW X3 at the Detroit Auto Show 2008.
"I love the GLK's powerful design, not to mention its incredibly spacious trunk, its exceptional comfort and the fact that it's a Mercedes," comments Kim Cattrall, one of the four stars of hit TV show Sex And The City. The SUV study is presented in two visually distinct versions - as the elegantly sporty "Vision GLK BLUETEC" with on-road focus, and in the distinctly robust off-road version. In essence, these two studies preview the production version of the all new GLK class.
Both versions of the Vision GLK are equipped with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and all-new four-cylinder diesel engine with BLUETEC. The 2.2 liter high-torque engine generates 204 hp and a world class torque of 369 lb ft that is available from as low down the rev range as 1,600 rpm.
The Mercedes GLK Vision goes on sale in January 2009 in U.S. and already in fall 2008 in Europe.
Mercedes also presented the new 2009 SLK Roadster. The SLK 350 features a new hi-revving 3.5 liter V6 sports engine. In the SLK 350 the new engine generates 300 hp, which is 32 hp more than its predecessor with 268 hp. Gas mileage has been increased by 2 mpg to 27 mpg.
The new SLK will be available in the US and other international markets in April.
The Detroit Auto Show 2008 (NAIAS 2008) is taking place this week. See the hottest car announcements in our Car and Vehicle section.
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