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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 7th 2009
4— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 7, 2009 New 4WD on way Mercedes- Benzhas decided to release the GLKin Australia, writes Paul Gover P RESSURE from Australia has helped to put the Mercedes-Benz GLK back on track for down under. The mid-sized all-wheel-drive wa- gon, which lobs this year into a cramped competition from Audi, BMWand Volvo, was originally a no- go for right-hand drive deliveries. Benz built its original GLK busi- ness case around left-hand drive sales and said the car would be too costly to retro-engineer with the steering wheel on the right side. But now it is back-tracking and a right-hand drive GLK should be ready for action by early 2011. That’s not good enough for people who are going to buy an Audi Q5, a BMW X3, a Volvo XC60 or even a Volkswagen Tiguan before then, but it is better than nothing. ‘‘We’re working to get the GLK as soon as we can,’’ says David McCar- thy of Mercedes-Benz Australia. ‘‘We believe the dynamic, safety and performance package is class lead- ing.’’ After driving the GLK for a day in Los Angeles I tend to believe him, as it is an impressively refined and comfortable device with plenty of cabin space andstandard equipment. It’s impossible to really rate the GLK without driving it at home, and without a back-to-back com- parison with the Q5 or upcoming XC60. However, it definitely shades the X3 and is a step up from Japanese compact wagons such as the Toyo- ta RAV4 and even the updated Nissan Murano. The only question now is the timing and specification for the GLK. ‘‘It’s not 100 per cent locked-in and confirmed yet, but we are very confident it will come at the time of the time of the facelift. ‘‘That’s 18 months to two years away,’’ says McCarthy. But price pressures mean the GLK will not get the European all- wheel drive system, and Benz is only aiming for rear-drive in Aus- tralia to make it competitive with the X3. ‘‘We’re aiming to have it in rear- wheel drive. It would be priced around X3 money, so in the mid- $60,000s,’’ says McCarthy. ‘‘If people really want a four- wheel drive we still have the ML.’’ Mercedes is still working on engines for the GLK but the V6 is probably out, for the same reason as all-wheel drive, although there will be a spread from the 200 Kompressor to the 250 petrol and diesel also used in the C-Class compact which donates much of its mechanical package to the wagon. Although there is plenty still to be finalised, Mercedes has no in- tention of using the GLK as a substitute for its C Class wagon. 2 years old. Engine checked 151 times. The most pampered used cars on Earth. Serviced regularly and on time by us since new. Full history available. Still under new car warranty. Frequency claims based on assumptions and averaged data relating to vehicle days in rental service and length of rentals. 2044469-04 Buy better. Buy Hertz. Hobart City, Phone 6237 1199 autorent.com.au LASTCHANCE lexus.com.au Lexus of Hobart 267Argyle Street, Hobart Ph: 1800 631 298 After hour enquires please call Damian Mizzen on 0412 602 677 lexusofhobart.com.au *0% per annum is available to approved business applicants of Lexus Financial Services. Available on new 2008 RX 350, RX Sports Special Edition and RX 400h models. Maximum term 48 months. Minimum amount fi nanced $20,000. Conditions, fees and charges apply. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Valid L1313 LEX06888/HM POWERPLAYER: The Merceds-Benz mid-sized,4WDGLK will be available in Australia from the first few months of 2011.
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