The First and Only

German automaker Daimler launched the Mercedes Benz GLK- class sports utility vehicle (SUV) on April 20 in Beijing. The launching was at the auto China. The first customer to take delivery of said SUV received the key to her new Mercedes-Benz GLK. The lucky customer was Magdalena Dietz. She is 29 years old, an entrepreneur, and PR consultant. Said handover took place in the Customer Center of the Bremen plant. Basically, it is a GLK 320 CDI 4MATIC in metallic tenorite gray that came with numerous optional equipment features.

Mercedes Benz GLK is the 5th production series under the successful Mercedes-Benz SUV family. Included in the SUV family are G-class, GL-class M-class, and R-class. Mercedes claims that GLK is a tiny car designed to resemble the larger ML in terms of exterior design and interior space. Thus, GLK is cheaper than the expensive ML. Specifically, GLK is a four-wheel drive SUV with 4528mm length, 1840mm width, and 1689 mm height. Choices are of three option packages including sports package. This package is designed for better road-performance with 19-inch wheels, stiffer springs, and 20 mm lower ride height. Another option is the one with 17-inch wheels; 210 mm ground clearance with approach and departure angles of 23 and 25 degrees, plus added cladding and blackened roof rails. Another package is ‘off-road engineering’ with Downhill Package Regulation (DRS) and automatic function to alter the shift points in the gearbox. In the spring of 2009, it will begin to offer BlueEFFICIENCY that will pioneer passive safety systems, excellent interior comfort, PRE-SAFE, and the Intelligent Light System (ILS).

2009 Mercedes Benz GLK is the most important model of the year according to Peter Schabert (plant manager). It has the ‘1st trademark’ in the sense that it is the first compact SUV from Mercedes Benz and the first Mercedes Benz SUV ‘Made in Bremen’.

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