power and charisma

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

The Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK Freeside is a clear indication of where Germany's car people are going in terms of future designs.

The new Vision GLK Freeside was unveiled this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the US.

The stylistic borrowings from the G-Class, give the Vision GLK Freeside a special positioning, according to the German marque.

Bringing together the angular original design with typical design features found in all contemporary Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, creates a harmonious union. Here the company's unmistakable design idiom, with its interplay of taut lines and large, expansive surfaces, is combined with typical body features of a functional off-road vehicle, such as short overhangs, an upright front- end, slim roof pillars, a steeply raked windscreen and taut roof lines. Specially manufactured 20-inch, light-alloy wheels and muscular wheel arches add an extra touch of power and charisma to the Vision GLK Freeside.

The Vision GLK Freeside is powered by a new generation four-cylinder 2,2-litre engine producing a power output of 125kW.

The GLK Freeside is fitted with the new 4MATIC drivetrain, a Mercedes-Benz fourwheel- drive system.

According to the manufacturer, in creating the GLK Freeside they focused on Bluetec technology.

This focus will bring about the greatest possible reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions. The company also claims this was the only exhaust-gas component that is intrinsically higher in diesel engines than in petrol engines, in addition they will be fitted with an oxidising catalytic converter and a maintenance-free particulate filter.

The newly developed multiple-disc clutch in the central differential, supports the system where friction between the tyres and the road surface is particularly low.

The "G" button in the centre console increases the GLK Freeside's aggression when required on rough terrain. Pressing the button activates a special transmission mode which varies the 7G-TRONIC's shift points, adjusts to "softer" accelerator characteristics and activates the ESP's off-road function. A manual shift mode is also available.

The GLK is also fitted with speed-sensitive power steering.