2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Overview
Mercedes-Benz entered the small luxury crossover segment in 2010 with the GLK-Class, which seats up to five people in two rows. Offered in GLK350 form with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and either rear- or all-wheel drive, it features recognizable Mercedes styling cues and available high-tech features.
The 2012 GLK350 competes with luxury crossovers like the Audi Q5, Acura RDX and BMW X3.
With its angular exterior styling, the GLK350 bears a strong resemblance to its big brother, the GL-Class. The GLK350's large front grille is divided by horizontal bars, and in the middle is a large Mercedes three-pointed star. Upright roof pillars make for tall side windows, and the back of the crossover is finished with a liftgate spoiler and twin exhaust outlets. Optional exterior features include a panoramic moonroof, power liftgate, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, cornering lights, and LED taillights.
Models equipped with Mercedes' optional Comand system have a knob controller on the center console that's used to navigate menus on the 7.5-inch dash screen. Among knob-based control systems, Comand's interface is one of the more intuitive ones available. The system's screen can show things like radio station information and map data from the navigation system. For 2012, the media interface moves to the center console. Standard interior features include simulated leather upholstery, real wood and aluminum trim, and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Leather upholstery is optional, as is the "mbrace" communication system.
Under the Hood, the GLK350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include a seven-speed automatic transmission, rear- or all-wheel drive, and a 3,500-pound maximum towing capacity.
Safety features include antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, knee airbag for the driver, electronic stability system, and active head restraints for the front seats.