Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on April 24, 2008
Is it just me, or are the Mercedes SUVs looking more and more like luxury station wagons? Not that I’m complaining; I personally think most SUVs are too effin big. If I’m driving and I can’t see over or around the car in front of me, I get frustrated. It’s a safety thing. Responsible drivers need to be aware of their surroundings. And if you can’t see anything because there’s some ridiculously large car in front of you, it’s time to change lanes and go around.
So, while I’d never fork over the amount of cash required to buy it, I’m liking the Vision GLK compact SUV. Especially upon hearing that a hybrid version’s in the works.
Showcased at the Geneva Auto Show, the Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid boasts the Mercedes’ new BlueTech 4-cylinder diesel engine but in hybrid form. The combo produces an overall output of 165 kW per 224 hp and returns a fuel consumption of about 5.9 l per 100 km. If my calculation is correct, that’s about 40 mpg. Sweet for an SUV.
“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 of Mercedes Corporate Research and Development (via their press release).
As for the station wagon look, the press release touts that “this body design enables typical off-roader advantages to be transferred to the more road-oriented, compact SUV class.”
I’m hoping that’s a fancy way of saying I’ll be able to see over it when I’m driving.