All-New 2013 GLK-Class SUV
Nearly 1,000 enhancements -- including an all-new interior and a powerful new V-6 engine -- make the distinctive GLK-Class an even more attractive proposition.
From the moment it arrived, the GLK was like no other compact SUV on the road. It was not only luxurious, but capable. Not merely sure-footed, but surprisingly responsive. And perhaps most important: not just a smaller version of its Mercedes-Benz brethren, but a vehicle all its own. So in making nearly 1,000 enhancements to the 2013 GLK-Class, we were resolved to preserve all the qualities that make it wholly unique.
Starting with the exterior, the 2013 GLK has adopted a new look, but one that's still distinct -- and distinctly Mercedes-Benz. In front, newly designed headlights and bumpers with standard integrated LED daytime running lamps are led by a redesigned grille; in back, new LED taillamps come standard atop a new bumper design. Underneath are a variety of new wheel designs, while appearance and AMG styling packages are available to further enhance the GLK's visual appeal.
As for what's beneath the GLK's re-sculpted hood, you'll find an all-new V-6 engine producing more horsepower and torque, but consuming less fuel. Thanks to direct fuel injection, the 3.5-liter six-cylinder produces 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while an advanced start-stop system works in conjunction with the GLK's advanced 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission.
Continuing inside, the 2013 GLK350 features an all-new interior, trimmed in an equally all-new selection of upholstery colors and combinations, including an available full leather seating package. Greeting the driver, a new steering wheel and instrument cluster sit atop a redesigned dash featuring turbine engine-inspired air vents. In a nod to the all-new M-Class, the new dash is spanned by a wide slab of wood and accented by available ambient lighting. Technology takes a step forward as well, with groundbreaking mbrace2 technology as standard and an optional multimedia package. And by simply moving the gearshift to the steering column, we've created space in the center console for a roll-top storage bin.
Suspending the redesigned GLK350 is an independent multilink setup with the advanced AGILITY CONTROL system, able to all but instantly recalibrate the shock absorbers to suit driving style and road conditions. Given its rigid unibody structure and generous wheelbase, the GLK350 is naturally balanced, a trait further enhanced by the standard 4-wheel Electronic Traction System. And when 4-ETS is paired with available 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the result is a GLK with the traction to deal with virtually any terrain. All of which is to say nothing of the GLK's 3500-lb towing capacity and standard Trailer Stability Assist.
Naturally, being a Mercedes-Benz, the new GLK was built with safety in mind. Standard safety equipment includes 11-way air bag protection, NECK-PRO active front head restraints and ATTENTION ASSIST driver-drowsiness monitor. Available safety options includes the Lane Tracking Package -- a bundling of Lane Keeping Assist with Blind Spot Assist -- in addition to the all-new Driver Assistance Package, a combination of Lane Keeping and Blind Spot Assist with DISTRONIC PLUS and the PRE-SAFE® predictive braking system.
There's certainly a formula for the typical small SUV, but it's one the GLK350 doesn't adhere to. When it comes to its appearance, the GLK pursues its own path. As a direct descendant of legendary off-road vehicles, its claims of capability are backed up by more than just its split-folding rear seats. And as a Mercedes-Benz, it's the product of innovative and uncompromising engineering.
- New exterior styling, plus available Appearance Package and AMG Styling Package
- All-new interior with and new upholstery colors and combinations
- New 3.5-liter Direct-injection V-6 engine delivering 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
- Advanced 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission
- Advanced AGILITY CONTROL suspension
- Available 4MATIC all-wheel drive
- ATTENTION ASSIST driver drowsiness monitor
- New available Driver Assistance Package featuring DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with PRE-SAFE® Brake, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist
- LED Daytime Running Lamps and new LED taillamps standard