The GLK-Class competes with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Infiniti EX, Lexus RX, and Land Rover LR2.
Along with the new design, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class gets two new engines. The rear-wheel-drive GLK350 and all-wheel-drive GLK350 4MATIC are both powered by a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 gasoline engine that makes 302 horsepower (34 more than the last generation) and 273 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes-Benz estimates the 0-60 mph time for the GLK350 to be only in 6.5 seconds. The new engine uses auto stop/start technology designed to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions in city driving. A four-cylinder diesel engine will make its debut on the GLK250 BlueTEC model, with 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. All 2013 GLK-Class models will come with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
New headlights, chrome-framed LED daytime running lights and a chrome-trimmed grille give the GLK-Class a look more in line with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz family. In back are new taillights, a new bumper, a chrome skidplate and chrome-plated tailpipe trim.
Inside is a redesigned dashboard, including a new color instrument cluster display, round air vents and extensive use of wood trim. A 5.8-inch color display is standard, with a larger, 7-inch display optional. The latter includes rearview camera, navigation and Mercedes-Benz's COMAND user interface.
But this small crossover isn't just at home on suburban streets. Mercedes-Benz execs stress that the GLK-Class was redesigned with off-road capabilities in mind. Approach and departure angles and ground clearance were engineered to ensure the vehicle could handle pavement departures.
Standard features on all models will include 19-inch wheels, power adjustable seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with dust filter, leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-function controls and shift paddles, as well as new upholstery colors and seat designs. The standard audio system is a six-speaker setup with single CD player and Bluetooth. Options will include Active Parking Assist, a full Leather Seating package with interior ambient lighting using LED fiber-optic technology, and an AMG exterior styling package for the even-more image conscious, which includes unique 20-inch alloy wheels, a chrome-trimmed grille, LED daytime running lights, aluminum roof rails and front and rear AMG skirts. Other add-ons include a Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system and a Lane Tracking package, which bundles a plethora of electronic safety features including features including blind spot detection and lane departure warning.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and GLK350 4MATIC will hit the market this summer, with the GLK250 BlueTEC available in early 2013. Pricing has not been announced, but we figure the GLK350 will start at slightly more than its last version, around $37,000 for the GLK350 rear-wheel drive, with the BlueTEC version starting at around $35,000.