Mercedes-Benz has released details on the revised 2013 GLK-Class compact SUV. A refreshed exterior, a substantially improved interior and a new powertrain help make the new GLK a better overall package than the outgoing model.
The new GLK adopts more of Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language, featuring a re-sculptured front and rear bumpers, a reworked front grille, revised headlights and tail lamps, new standard LED daytime driving lights and a fresh collection of 17, 19 and 20-inch wheels. For those looking for a sportier ride, there is now an optional AMG Exterior Sports package that adds front and rear apron, a radiator grille with two chrome slats, AMG LED daytime driving lights, 19-inch (48.3 cm) AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels and a sporty suspension setup.
The interior of the revised GLK is more classy, thanks to the application of the brand’s new interior theme. New round air vents, trim and upholstery colors , instrument panel graphics, steering wheel designs, more storage (in selected models) and the availability of new sports seats and upgraded infotainment systems sets the compact SUV apart from its predecessor.
The new GLK’s powertrain lineup — consisting of five engines — is complimented by a new twin-turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder unit producing 190 horsepower and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The engine is only offered in the GLK 250 Bluetec with a four-wheel-drive setup. The only gasoline engine in the range, the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 unit (offered in the GLK 350), has been updated to now produce 302-HP (225 kW / 306 PS) and 273 lb-ft (369 Nm) of torque (up from 268hp and 258 lb-ft).
After making its official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the revised 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class will hit dealerships starting August 2012. In addition to the gasoline-powered GLK 350, the diesel-powered GLK 250 Bluetec will also be offered in North America.