Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz has launched its new compact SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, which is set to go against the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. The GLK-Class has a sharp-edged boxy look to it, perhaps to pay homage to the larger G Wagon, which the GLK shares the G model letter with.

Mercedes-Benz says the design also allows the typical advantages of a proper off-roader to be offered on a compact SUV like large approach and departure angles and good ground clearance. It’s 4MATIX all-wheel drive system splits torque at a 45:55 front to rear split during normal conditions. A multi-disc clutch in the centre differential allows a basic partial locking torque of 50 newton metres between the front and rear axle.

There is a button labelled G that you can press to activate a special off-road driving program for the 7G-TRONIC transmission which softens the accelerator pedal so that you can modulate how much throttle input you want to put in more precisely. This makes it easier to tackle off-road conditions with low-friction surfaces. There is also a Downhill Speed Regulation system which lets you set a maximum speed and just let the GLK roll down a hill, with the DSR system controlling the braking automatically.

At launch, the GLK-Class is available in 4 variants – the GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, the GLK 320 CDI, the GLK 280 or the GLK 350, with the first two being turbodiesel engines and the other two being V6 petrol engines. The GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY’s 2.2 litre inline-4 engine puts out 170 horsepower and 400Nm of torque between 1,400 to 2,800rpm. This engine is from the recently launched OM651 twin-turbocharged turbodiesel family. The GLK 320 CDI’s V6 turbodiesel puts out 224 horses and 540Nm of torque.

The petrol-powered GLK 280 and GLK 350 put out 231 horsepower and 272 horsepower respectively. Both turbodiesel and petrol V6 variants use Mercedes-Benz’s 7G-Tronic transmission which features 7 forward speeds and two reverse speeds.

More photos and 4 videos of the new GLK-Class available after the jump.

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz GLK – Climb and Speed

VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz GLK – Fire and Ice

VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz GLK – Promo Video 1

VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz GLK – Promo Video 2