2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Overview
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class of compact luxury SUVs gets significant updates for the new model year inside and out to keep up in a very competitive segment.
For 2013, the entry-level GLK-Class gets a refresh that includes nearly 1,000 new parts Mercedes claims, which includes changes to both the exterior, interior, and under the hood where the base engine gets a power boost. A diesel version is also brand new, the GLK250 Bluetec.
Outside, the five-seat GLK-Class departs from the styling of Mercedes’ larger SUV offerings with sharp lines adorning the front and sides and a very upright stance as opposed to the softer features of the M-Class. Up front, LED daytime running lights get chrome surrounds and two silver bars surround the lower air inlet and give the GLK-Class a brash, recognizable nose. New additions for 2013 include new roof rails and updated taillights with LED piping. As with most of Mercedes’ vehicles, an AMG appearance package is optional, which adds more aggressive bodywork.
The 2013 GLK-Class has two models, the GLK350 and the aforementioned GLK250 Bluetec diesel. The GLK350 gets a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 which makes 34 more hp than last year’s V-6 and increases fuel efficiency as well. Under the hood of the GLK250 Bluetec is a 190-hp, biturbo 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel that makes 369 pounds-feet of torque. Both come with a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional). The GLK-Class also comes with electronic steering and an auto-idle shutoff system that increases efficiency.
Inside, the GLK gets a brand new steering wheel and circular air vents that have a retro look and feel to them. Decided un-retro are a pair of color displays, one 4.5-inch color display in the instrument panel and a second 5.8-inch display in the dash which displays info for the audio and climate control systems. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, powered front seats, leatherette upholstery, HD radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. Heated seats, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, and a 7-inch dashboard screen with a navigation system and backup camera are optional. The five-seat GLK-Class has a maximum cargo volume of 54.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is on the lower side of the segment.
Safety is a priority at Mercedes-Benz and the GLK-Class getting a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS reflects that emphasis. Nine airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Safety technology like lane departure warning and mitigation systems, a forward collision warning system and a blind spot warning system are optional.