2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Mercedes-Benz reveals a face-lifted version of the GLK ahead of its public debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
- The GLK350 is now rated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
- A clean-diesel GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic model will be added to the lineup in early 2013.
Set to go on sale in August as a 2013 model, the 3-year-old SUV receives, among other mods, a reworked version of Mercedes-Benz's naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine packing an added 34 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over that used up to now, taking its reserves up to 302 hp and 273 lb-ft in the GLK350, which will continue to be offered with a choice of either front- or 4Matic four-wheel drive.
For the first time in the U.S., the face-lifted GLK will also offer the choice of a clean-diesel engine option. The twin-turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder unit, already offered in a slightly higher state of tune in European versions of its BMW X3 rival, is good for 190 hp and 369 lb-ft in the new four-wheel-drive-only GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic.
To meet strict 50-state emissions regulations and the latest BIN5 standards, the GLK250 Bluetec's common-rail engine, known under the code name OM651, has been extensively modified for sale in North America with the addition of a urea injection system to reduce NOX emissions. Final North American cycle fuel consumption figures have not yet been made official, but on the less demanding Europe cycle the GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic is rated at 38.6 mpg.
Both the GLK350 and GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic come standard with a revised seven-speed automatic gearbox featuring a new automatic stop/start that shuts down the engine when stationary for added fuel savings.
Although the revised GLK350 will be available in the U.S. starting in August, Mercedes-Benz advises the GLK250 Bluetec won't be seen in U.S. showrooms until early 2013.
A range of stylistic changes are aimed at providing the GLK with a more upmarket appearance. There are now a newly reshaped universal front bumper housing LED daytime running lights for both front- and four-wheel drive models, lightly altered headlamps (with new LED optics on versions with the optional Intelligent Light System), reshaped roof bars, reworked taillamps graphics and a more substantial rear bumper with an integrated protection guard. Customers can further individualize the Mercedes-Benz with an AMG body kit. Also available is a new range of 17-, 19- and 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the basic cabin architecture is retained but new instruments, restyled ventilation units and more expensive-looking trim applications serve to freshen the look. The face-lifted GLK also adopts a column-mounted shift lever — or so called Direct Select, freeing up space on the center console for larger cupholders. For the first time, Mercedes-Benz also offers the GLK with optional sport seats.
There is also a widened range of optional entertainment systems, including Mercedes-Benz's latest COMAND system in combination with a high-end Harman Kardon Logic surround-sound setup with a seven-channel DSP amplifier and two-channel booster with a total output of 510 watts in conjunction with 12 speakers.
In line with developments brought to the latest C-Class, upon which it is heavily based, the GLK also receives a series of optional safety systems. Included is Mercedes-Benz's drowsiness detecting Attention Assist, anticipatory PreSafe anti-crash, collision avoidance Distronic Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assistant and Blind Spot Assistant, among others.
Edmunds.com says: Good to see another small-displacement diesel engine coming to the U.S., although the final price will likely determine if anybody cares.