Mercedes-Benz GLK is offered with Genuine accessories in monochrome. Individualise as you please, from inside to the outside.

Mercedes-Benz is pushing the idea that youth not only runs through products like the C-Class, but the company's new baby SUV. For the young at heart who love adventure, in the snow, GLK now offers accessories to match both lifestyle and performance to match the fast-approaching Northern Hemisphere's winter chills.

For the practical, GLK has an-easy-to-fit roof box that matches the car's original colour. It has a capacity of 450 litres, therefore increasing load capability substantially for those long fun trips to the Alps. Additionally a New Alustyle ski and snowboard rack that can absorb up to six skis can be optionally paired to a hardwearing luggage set. The rack comes in Standard and Comfort versions; Standard takes four pairs of skis or two snowboards. Comfort take six pairs of skis or four snowboards, and a ski bag found inside the GLK features tension straps and carrying straps for up to four pairs of skis. Clearly a shortage of skis in this case would be purely down to skier amnesia.

Those with Lance Armstrong tendencies among us are not left wanting, having been accommodated with a New Alustyle rear-mounted bicycle rack with a capacity of three racks and can be opened without removing bicycles. Real cool. As cool as the two choices of wheels and tyres available; size 8.5J x 20 ET 43 with size 235/45 R20 tyres and 7.5J x 19 ET 47 with size 235/50 R19 tyres. They can also handle the RUD-matic snow chain system which grips ice like Lewis Hamilton grips a Formula One Champion's trophy.

A number of individualisation possibilities exist for the discerning buyer, options such as chrome strips for the front bumper for instance, for fog lamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings and door handle recesses to the rear trim strip. That aluminium-effect running board has to be a must-have; it reminds one of ML 63 AMG.

Apple features prominently inside as GLK takes in iPhone connectivity to lounge level. There's an iPhone/iPod carrier and iPhone 3G version for November. All sorts of iPods can be accommodated inside the cubby hole/ glove box for easy compatibility, and access is via the steering wheel.


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