Mercedes Vision GLK BlueTEC Hybrid Live Reveal
( WCF ) - Just launched at the Geneva Motorshow, this is the Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK BlueTEC Hybrid. Basically, that means its Merc's new GLK soft-roader in diesel-hybrid form. The concept can apparently achieve consumption figures of 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres and Mercedes-Benz claims that it complies with the strictest emissions thanks to the highly efficient BLUETEC treatment process.
The engine is a four-cylinder diesel and in this study version is combined with a a hybrid module to deliver a total output of 165 kW/224 hp and 560 Newton metres of torque. Mercedes claim that the study is able to achieve a lower CO2 emission figure than any other model in the SUV market segment in the world, 157 grams per kilometre.
The car also features a start-stop function, which switches the engine off in certain circumstances, like when the car is stopped at traffic lights, and which was pioneered by BMW in their 1-series range. Similar to other hybrids, the electric motor acts like a generator under braking.
But more interesting than any of these developments is the styling of this car. It is well known that this is basically what the production GLK will look like and many onlookers have been astonished at the cars proportions. You be the judge and have a look at our live pictures, straight from the launch!