2013 Mercedes GLK


Mercedes unveiled the facelifted GLK crossover today, and oh dear. they should have left it as it was.

The visual changes are right on trend though. The newly designed exterior lends this car full of character greater poise, combining the straight lines typical of all-terrain vehicles with the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz saloons. High-quality materials, new interior appointments, fully revised trims and the new infotainment systems are all conducive to a truly delightful driving experience in the GLK.

The 2013 GLK comes up trumps with a range of state-of-the-art assistance systems and comprehensive BlueEFFICIENCY measures such as the standard-fit ECO start/stop function. BlueTEC diesel emission control is available for the compact SUV for the first time, enabling compliance with the EU6 emissions standard. It is still one of the finest crossover out there, and one of the sportiest.

Mercedes GLK facelift 1 2013 Mercedes GLK

Mercedes press release:

The GLK offers outstanding driving dynamics, excellent driving safety and superlative ride comfort. In addition to the rear-wheel drive versions, the 4MATIC models with permanent all-wheel drive demonstrate an intrepid spirit even in the most adverse conditions – both on- and off-road. Like all SUV and all-terrain vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, the GLK is a thoroughbred, no-holds-barred off-road operator. Meanwhile, the forefather of all modern-day Mercedes-Benz SUVs which lent its name to the GLK – the G-Class – is now in its 33rd model year and is also undergoing a thorough facelift.
New interpretation of the classic GLK design
The exterior lends the GLK added poise. The body combines classic elements of all-terrain vehicles with the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz saloons. Stringent lines, expansive surfaces and the smooth-surfaced, volume-emphasizing front and rear areas harmonise with the hallmark GLK body features which are typical of functional all-terrain vehicles. These include short overhangs, the upright front end, slender roof pillars, a steep windscreen and the taut roof line. The body design is not a stylistic end in itself. Rather, it applies the advantages typical off all-terrain vehicles to the compact SUV class. Accomplished ATV-specific features such as approach and departure angle and ground clearance enable off-road ventures at any time. The neatly designed body and the good all-round visibility combined with the seat position enhance suitability for everyday use and provide for relaxed driving.
There is no longer any differentiation between different types of bumpers with specific on-road and off-road packages. Beneath the newly designed headlamps, all models offer LED daytime driving lights in a chrome clasp as standard. The radiator grille with two slats and central star follows the design idiom of all current passenger car models. The slats are painted silver, with chrome inserts optional. The headlamps embody a new interpretation of the signature Mercedes lamp design. On the basic model with reflection-type headlamps, a chrome torch feature spans the two reflectors. On models featuring the Intelligent Light System (ILS), the headlamp comprises the projection unit, a reflector and the torch with LED fibre-optic cables for the position light, above which the turn signal indicators consisting of individual LEDs are located. The roof rails in a totally new design are particularly striking in the side view.

The key data* at a glance:

Model
Cyl.
cc
kW/hp at rpm
Nm from rpm
0-100 km/h (s)
Vmax km/h
l/100 km NEDC combined
CO2 g/km
GLK 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY
4
2143
105/143 3200-4600
350 1200-2800
10.8 (10.3)
190 (195)
5.6-6.0 (5.5-5.6)
145-156 (143-147)
GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY
4
2143
125/170 3200-4200
400 1400-2800
8.7 (8.5)
205 (205)
5.6-6.0 (5.5-5.6)
145-156 (143-147)
GLK 220 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY
4
2143
125/170 3200-4200
400 1400-2800
8.8
205
6.1-6.5
159-168
GLK 220
BlueTEC 4MATIC
4
2143
125/170 3200-4200
400 1400-2800
8.8
205
6.1-6.5
159-169
GLK 250
BlueTEC 4MATIC
4
2143
150/204 4200
500 1600-2800
8.0
210
6.1-6.5
159-169
GLK 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY
V6
2987
195/265 3800
620 1600-2400
6.4
232
6.9-7.0
179-183
GLK 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY
V6
3498
225/306 6500
370 3500-5250
65
238
8.1-8.6
189-199

* provisional data

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