2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Diesel Debuts: 2012 New York Auto Show

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Diesel Debuts: 2012 New York Auto Show

Among the three debuting Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the 2013 GLK crossovers bowed at the 2012 New York Auto Show today. 

Consumers will be able to choose between two versions: the higher-level GLK 350 which comes with a 3.5-liter V6, or the more efficiency minded GLK250 BlueTEC, which comes with a 2.1-liter diesel engine.

While some Merc loyalists might find the 350 variant’s brawnier 302 horsepower rating attractive, we’re calling the cheaper diesel option a better bargain. That assertion is based on a couple of points. First, the GLK 250 BlueTEC only packs 190 horsepower, but a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque, which will be more readily apparent to most drivers.

Second, and more importantly, the diesel GLK hasn’t been offered before and signals Mercedes’ move toward bringing more European (efficient) drivetrains to the U.S.

Both models are offered in either rear- or all-wheel 4Matic drive and come with the seven-speed automatic transmission we’ve come to expect, for better or worse, from the brand.

Regardless of which version strikes your fancy, the GLK lineup will offer improved fuel economy over the 2012 model thanks to engine start/stop technology.

Technologically, Mercedes decided to debut it’s 360-degree bird’s eye view parking technology that gives a complete view of the GLK and objects around it, making parking more like a video game. As you would probably expect, the new GLK also comes with the brand’s technology-integration interface called Mbrace2, which offers social media integration among other features.

“The redesigned interior is even more premium and offers the same attention to detail that you can find in our luxury cars,” Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes’ head of sales and marketing said.

Exterior styling also gets a mild refresh with updated headlights accented by LEDs and an optional AMG package that adds 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a more aggressive body kit, though the 2013 model still looks a lot like its predecessor.

GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350


  • Raypinard

    I’ve been getting 35-37 combined mpg in my 2007 E320 diesel. I wonder if the GLK will beat that.

  • Mike Tee

    Easily, the 4 cylinder will outrun it and wax it for FE.  Oh and my smart diesel convertibles average 60 without trying.

  • fedvet

    Ditto on Raypinard’s comments. Our ’07 E320 has averaged 32.6 overall in 65K miles of driving. Touches 37 at steady rate 75 mph for 410 mile runs to northern PA. The GLK 2.1 will need to work to attain that level. All that said, I look forward to seeing it.

  • the LEDs still look stupid… please Mercedes… buck the trend!

  • MercedesMatt

    to each their own, but many DO like the look…and with the safety/efficiency attributes, don’t expect them to be dropped anytime soon…

  • MercedesMatt

    not likely…its boxier and 4MATIC…

  • G Lover

    That has got to be one of the ugliest steering wheels I have seen in a long time. Reminds me of Fisher Price somehow. should be orange, red and yellow.

  • I wonder what these new engines will think of waste jet fuel???

  • Mzee_55

    The diesel hp is in the league of VW Jetta TDI but its weight is more.  So that would be sluggish in pick-up.  Not a good power combination.  

  • Derrel H Green

    You do not understand torque do you?

    The Jetta TDI has only 235 ft/lbs, but this new MBZ GLK has 369 ft/lbs of torque.
    That’s the same as my CDI MBZ and the GLK is probably about the same weight as my CDI, so I would say as my CDI is much faster than was my (chipped)  VW TDI, a stock GLK diesel will be not only quicker but faster also. But is won’t be as economical.

  • Pmartin410

    Wife’s car is a ’10 GLK 3.5 2WD & she loves it. Averaging 26-27 MPG combined city & highway. I expect this diesel to be in the low 30 MPG range. Looks like the one at the show does not have the 4matic emblem on the boot lid which is where it was on the ’10 & ’11 models so possibly available w/2WD? A very nice refresh of a very good design.

  • Gloriousglo2

    Ya gotta love a car that will take you to the club on Saturday night then pull an old stump outta the ground on Sunday. Massive torque number…

  • Jack

    I hate the Geeorge Jetson air ourtlets on the new dash.  What were they thinking? 

  • Black4est

    Jetta TDI 140hp 236ft/lbs torque. MB 2.1 Bluetec 190hp  369ft/lbs. Not in the same league at all. MB getting all that out of 100cc more displacement. And the VW has incredible throttle response, also a great car!

  • Jeff

    Heck, My 2009 GL320 Bluetec (The Big Guy)  gets 32-33 mpg on the highway at a steady 65 and 20-21 around town.  I expect 33% fewer cylinders to give me 33% better mileage in the neighborhood of 43 highway and 27 around town.

  • Jconfortiusa

    But much greater torque so I think it will be OK.

  • Derrel H Green

    An example of someone who DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT!

  • Rexrexha

     I have ML 320 CDI i love it and as soon as the glk hits the market I will get it right away