The all-new GLK crossover joins the expansive Mercedes-Benz line-up in the U.S. as a 2010 model and will be available in 2009.

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Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system will be available on the GLK, although the base model will be two-wheel drive. The car is designed with short overhangs and high clearance to handle rugged terrain.

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The GLK debuted as a concept at the 2008 Detroit auto show. The car looked ready for production, even in concept form, making the new launch announcement no surprise.

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The GLK uses adaptive suspension that stiffens up when it senses performance driving or quick maneuvers, and softens up for more sedate driving and off-road situations.

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The cabin electronics include the latest gadgets from Mercedes-Benz, shown in the new C-class, and consist of hard-drive-based navigation, Bluetooth cell phone integration, and digital music.

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The COMAND knob is located on the console, below the shifter, in an ergonomically easy-to-reach position. Similar to the interface in the C-class, the COMAND knob lets a driver make selections and choose functions shown on the 5-inch LCD.

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Mercedes-Benz hasn't gone into detail about the options that will be offered on the U.S. GLK, but rear-seat DVD entertainment is likely. Although it might not be configured as shown here, this LCD shows the screen style that is used in the C-class and will probably be used in the GLK.

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The concept shown at the Detroit auto show had a diesel engine using AddBlue technology to clean up emissions. The production GLK announced for the U.S. will use a gas-powered 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

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