Friday, February 29, 2008

Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid Concept

2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid Concept
Daimler Press Release

2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid ConceptThe grand rehearsal at the beginning of this year already made heads turn, when the striking Vision GLK entered the SUV stage and was celebrated as a compact character actor marking a new design approach in this vehicle class.

At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz is going a step further and adding the Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid to the line-up. This study illustrates the possibilities of the "TrueBlueSolutions" strategy in the compact SUV segment, true to the guiding Mercedes-Benz theme of producing the world's most efficient and clean drive systems. The Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid achieved this goal by combining the new BlueTec four-cylinder diesel engine generation with a Hybrid module. This combination generates an overall output of 165 kW (224 hp), and a torque of 560 Nm (413 lb-ft). Superior performance can be taken as read in view of these figures. And yet the Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid returns a fuel consumption of only 5.9 litres per 100 km.

With its TrueBlueSolutions strategy, Mercedes-Benz is preparing the way for the introduction of the world's most economical and clean vehicles. As in the case of the Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid, ultra-modern and efficient diesel engines with innovative BlueTec emissions control, Hybrid modules and intelligent energy management are among the centrepieces of this trailblazing generation of drive systems. The study for this compact characterful SUV has a combined output of 165 kW (224 hp) and generates a combined torque of 560 newton metres, the world's highest in this class. This enables the Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds; its maximum speed is 215 km/h. Despite these performance figures, this multi-talented newcomer consumes an average of only 5.9 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, and achieves the world's lowest CO2 emissions in the SUV segment, with 157 grams per kilometre.

2008 Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid ConceptIn conjunction with highly efficient BlueTec emissions control and AdBlue injection, the GLK BlueTec Hybrid meets the world's most stringent exhaust emission limits, such as the American BIN5 and the European EU6 standards.

"With the refinement, driving pleasure, outstanding economy and effective environmental friendliness that is typical of our brand, the Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid ideally represents our ideas on future model generations in the world of SUVs", says Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Corporate Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 2.2 litre four-cylinder diesel hybrid electric
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Maximum Power: 165 kW (224 hp)
Maximum Torque: 560 Nm (413 lb-ft)
Transmission: -
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive

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