When the doors open to Manhattahn Javitz Center for the Auto Show in New York in less than two weeks, Mercedes-Benz will have an updated version of its GLK-Class on the display. But one need not wait that long, as parent Daimler has just released the full range of details and updated pictures of his entry-level crossover.
Decidedly evolutionary in its update, the 2013 GLK is characterized by the same sharp lines as much of the model it replaces, but now, the creases and is slightly rounded and sculpture more dynamic in appearance. While the exterior has had its sharp edges smoothed, the interior has also been updated, with those derived from SLS AMG vents retro facelift that dominates the dashboard and the gear lever moved to a stalk on the steering column in similar to other recent three-pointed Star vehicles.
The biggest news, however, is under the hood. While the existing GLK was only offered with one engine, the new model will be available in two specifications: the GLK350 with a 3.5 liter direct injection V6 now good for 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (from 268hp and 258 lb- ft), or the GLK250 BlueTEC diesel that, at 190 hp and 369 lb-ft, offers less power, but much more from its 1.2-liter four-cylinder twist. While the updated GLK350 will be available starting in the summer, American buyers intent on diesel fuel will have to wait until early next year. Both are mated to a seven-speed automatic with stop-start, and you can have either rear-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive.