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Daimler to Introduce Diesel Compact SUV

January 3, 2008

Daimler will introduce its new Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK Freeside concept vehicle, a diesel-powered compact luxury SUV, at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, 13-27 January 2008. A production version of the GLK Freeside is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2008.At 14.8-feet long, the GLK is about three inches longer than a Ford Escape and borrows a lot of the sharp edged styling cues of the big GL SUV. The GLK Vision is powered by Daimler's latest 168-hp 2.2-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder paired up with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The diesel uses the latest fourth-generation common rail injection system that operates at 29,000 psi on the inlet side with Bluetec urea injection to clean up the exhaust. Mercedes has reworked the 4MATIC all wheel drive system to reduce friction to the point where it's as efficient as a two-wheel-drive setup. Daimler says that the GLK Freeside will meet Euro 6 (2015) and US Tier 2 Bin 5 specifications.
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