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2012 New York Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz

April 8, 2012   ·   0 Comments

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz marked the 2012 New York Auto Show by introducing its 2013 GLK-Class premium-compact SUV.

The GLK-Class receives freshened styling inside and out, an optional diesel engine, an engine stop/start system for its gasoline V6 engine, and additional safety systems.

The GLK-Class’ refreshed look includes revised front and rear styling, and newly standard LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. The interior includes a redesigned dashboard with optional wood trim, redesigned round air vents, and new trim pieces. Also, the transmission’s shifter has been moved to the steering column from its previous location on the center console.

Big news for the GLK-Class is the addition of a diesel engine: a 190-horsepower 2.1-liter 4-cylinder unit. Called GLK250 BlueTEC, Mercedes says this diesel-powered SUV is “extremely frugal when it comes to fuel consumption.” As for its gasoline engine, the 302-horsepower 3.5 liter V6 now comes equipped with a stop/start function that shuts down the engine at a stop and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal, which is said to enhance fuel economy. Both of these engines are paired with the company’s 7-speed automatic transmission.

Safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front-side airbags, curtain-side airbags for both seating rows, and a driver knee airbag. Also, the GLK-Class cribs a few features from the S-Class and E-Class models. These include blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, an automatic parallel-parking system, and Mercedes’ drowsy-driver alert. Other available options include leather upholstery (vinyl is standard), keyless entry/engine start, rearview camera, navigation system, voice recognition, wireless cell-phone link, digital-media player connection, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and power liftgate.

Though pricing information was not announced, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class will be available starting in summer of 2012. Diesel-engine models are slated to go on sale in spring of 2013.

CG Says:

Just as the brand’s C-Class premium-compact car offers the prestige of this German brand at the lowest possible price, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class fills that need in the premium-compact-SUV category. Its enhancements for 2013 follow the typical “mid-cycle refresh” formula with different exterior styling and a few new features, but notable is the addition of a diesel powertrain. The company says it is “the most powerful 4-cylinder diesel engine in the SUV world.” As far as we can tell, it is the only diesel-powered SUV on the U.S. market that uses a 4-cylinder engine, so their claim carries some weight in this country. Diesel engines are known for their outstanding fuel economy, so we’re sure it will probably be class competitive, if not class leading, when tested by the EPA. We’re excited to test this refreshed luxury SUV and its new diesel engine, so stay tuned for our review of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.

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