Mercedes-Benz has released official photos of the next generation GLK-Class in advance of its debut at the New York International Auto Show, and have confirmed that the line will include the GLK 250 BlueTec diesel and an updated GLK 350 powered by a gasoline V6, expected to go on sale in Canada by the end of this year as a 2013 model.
The exterior has been tweaked, with softer lines, noticably more complex headlights and an extra helping of chrome with the AMG package.
Highlights of the changes include a range of state-of-the-art assistance systems and comprehensive efficiency measures such as the standard start/stop function. BlueTEC diesel emission control is available for the compact SUV for the first time, allowing its import to North America.
The GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC will feature the direct-injection engine 2.1-litre diesel four rated at 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5-litre V6 in the GLK 350 will be updated with direct-injection, bumping output to 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (foremrly 268 hp and 258 lb-ft).
“In the GLK we have a dynamic lifestyle SUV offering a winning combination of intelligent technology and character in abundance,” says Dr Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing. “It will further bolster our SUV portfolio, making a vital contribution to Mercedes-Benz’s global growth in this market segment.”
The GLK stakes its claim in the compact luxury SUV class with involving driving dynamics, excellent driving safety and ride comfort. In addition to rear-wheel drive versions, 4MATIC models with permanent all-wheel drive are available for those concerned with all-weather or even off-road traction.