[UGLY] Mercedes Vision GLK BLUETEC HYBRID Revealed

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
ugly mercedes vision glk bluetec hybrid revealed

Mercedes has announced another new vehicle for the Geneva auto show. Since they're too cool for the word "concept," it's called the "Vision GLK BLUETEC HYBRID." In caps lock. So remember it. It's a diesel electric hybrid, pairing Benz's well-reviewed 2.2-liter straight four oil burner with an electric motor. The numbers we care about: 224, 400, 40 and 7.3. That's horses, ft.-lbs. of torque, miles per gallon and 0 – 60. All in all, them's some impressive stats– especially when you consider that this is a big, heavy, boxy SUV (it's also noxiously fugly). The powertrain might yield truly earth shattering data in the C-Class sedan, but hey, this hybrid SUV doubles the mileage of the equivalent gas-fed V6, without any impact on performance. Diesel electric is also a nice idea because it minimizes particulate emissions when you start the car and while driving at slow speeds around town. The GLK goes on sale here in 2008. As for the powertrain, Benz specifically mentions that it meets America's "stringent" BIN5 standard. But not, perhaps, our aesthetic sensibilities…

[View the GLK BLUETEC HYBRID Pixamo Gallery here.]

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  • Frontline Frontline on Feb 29, 2008

    If those stats are accurate that MB will get prettier over time. A good comparison would be a very plain woman with 20 mil in her checking account.

  • Seoultrain Seoultrain on Feb 29, 2008
    A good comparison would be a very plain woman with 20 mil in her checking account. hmm, more like an ugly woman who will let you use her 50% off gas discount. Not really worth it. But there may be hope in her fit younger sister, who may be getting said discount.

  • Justin Berkowitz Justin Berkowitz on Feb 29, 2008

    seoultrain: That's priceless. A+.

  • Megan Benoit Megan Benoit on Feb 29, 2008

    It's like M.C. Escher designed an automobile. You know the front grille can't possibly be taller than the entire height of the car, but somehow it *is*. Freaky.