The German automaker attributes the good result to the fact that the diesel-fueled vehicle equipped with Common-Rail Direct Injection (CDI) offers a performance comparable to its gasoline-powered counterpart, and tops it with its longevity and fuel economy.
Power and fuel economy
Last week, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI entered Vietnam at an off-road camp trip to Phan Thiet City, some 180 kilometers from HCMC. The event attracted more than 160 customers, media people and offroaders. The three-day trip was a first-hand opportunity for participants to fully experience the performance of GLK 220 CDI on a variety of terrains.
Before departing for Phan Thiet, press and customers attended a so-called “blind test” at the company’s headquarters in HCMC to experience both the GLK diesel and petrol evaluating the smoothness and the acceleration ability. By knowledge, experience and sense (but blind-folded on the guest seat while being driven), the participants witnessed the smoothness and acceleration of both engines.
Surprisingly, most participants could not differentiate between the diesel and petrol versions. They were impressed with the smoothness and acceleration of the Mercedes-Benz diesel engines.
“We convince by product and first-hand driving experience, not by words and dry brochures,” said Michael Behrens, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vietnam. “That is why we have remained No. 1 in the luxury car market in this country forr 17 years in a row.” He added: “And now we are, once again, a pioneer in bringing a diesel engine to this top South East Asian market.”
No other automobile company has a longer history and therefore more experience with diesel engines than Mercedes-Benz. Ninety years ago, Mercedes-Benz offered the first diesel engine in a truck. Thanks to permanent improvements, its luxury cars can use one of the most efficient and energy dense fuels available today. The diesel engine in the GLK offers a performance which is comparable to its gasoline-powered counterpart, and tops it with its durability and fuel economy, according to the automaker.
Then 160 participants with more than 50 cars departed for Phan Thiet to experience the GLK 220 CDI. The tailgate support function – EASY-TAILGATE – helped them put their baggage into the back compartment easily by automatically opening/closing the tailgate with a remote key. At the intersection, the ECO START/STOP function paused the engine to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. On arrival in Phan Thiet, the ACTIVE PARKING ASSIST helped the drivers by automatically steering the GLKs into the parking lots.
The distance of 180 kilometers allowed participants to verify the fuel consumption figure the manufacturer released – approximately six liters per 100 kilometers, about 30% lower than its competitors.
The GLK interior is a combination of sporty racing style and the flexibility of an SUV. Premium leather, air-vents with rounded design and the three-spoke sports steering wheel bring a touch of the super-car, the SLS AMG Gullwing.
The GLK provides a quiet space much like a living room, even when the drivers push to full throttle to challenge the car’s output. On the way to Phan Thiet, trip members enjoyed the sea breeze with the panorama sunroof.
Challenging the dunes
Supported by the latest generation 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive with 4ETS/4ESP and the 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission, the GLK effortlessly mastered the roads that seem impossible for other cars to cross.
With a maximum torque of 400 Nm and agility at low rev, the rolling hills and towering sands in Phan Thiet were “proof to the pudding” when it came to showing what the GLK is hiding under the hood. The customers felt both the rigidity and durability of the GLK 220 CDI.
The CDI is applied to the new GLK vehicle equipped with the fourth generation CDI engine meeting EURO IV emission criteria. It also owns Blue Efficiency package equipped with low-friction drive systems, wheel rolling resistance limit, chassis and aerodynamic design and energy-saving steering system.
The GLK 220 2.1L, but not inferior predecessor powerful gasoline GLK 300, takes just 8.1 seconds to accelerate from 60 to 120km per hour compared to 7.9 . What is more, noise outside of the GLK 220 CDI is 74 dB while standing still and while running is 73 dB. The driver will find it hard to notice the difference between petrol and diesel GLK due to the smoothness of the engine and the ability of the CDI diesel engine.
GLK 220 CDI comes with black, grey, white, silver and red colors and sells for around VND1.52 billion each. Meanwhile, the GLK CDI Sport version has a price tag of some VND1.69 billion a unit.
GLK 220 CDI from the start is the No.1 in the luxury SUV segment in Vietnam.
The Saigon Times Daily