While Mercedes finally seems to have a handle on the C-Class wagon most Americans would like to drive -- in the form of the new GLK crossover
-- they're certainly hedging their bets when it comes to the look of the new vehicle. In press materials distributed prior to their conference today at the 2008 Detroit auto show
, Benz showed off the Freeside version of the GLK, a more off-road oriented model.
In Detroit the press conference centered on two things: the Townside version of the GLK and actress Kim Cattrall, who appears in the new film version of her former HBO series, Sex and the City
. The Townside is intended as the on-road-flavored version, and has a more prominent grille and larger tires, and gets tuned for better on-road handling, Mercedes execs explained. The strategy mimics Benz' dual-tuned version of the C-Class sedan.
Meanwhile, Cattrall, as has become her trademark, turned the press event into a bit of burlesque. Erupting from the GLK in a jezebel-red dress, Cattrall claimed she'd been in the GLK during the filming of the movie due later this year, and had "tested it in real-world shopping conditions," then informed a blushing Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche that the GLK had "all the right bulges."
Mrs. Zetsche? Nowhere to be found.