Mercedes-Benz is bringing a host of updates to the 2013 GLK Sport Utility including an updated appearance, new standard safety features and for the first time in the U.S., a diesel option.
With the first units hitting the States this week, the company issued a release with complete details about what’s new on the GLK line, despite having shown it in New York last April.
Sporting a new direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the GLK 350 will be the first to sell in showrooms. Early next year, the first will be joined by a fuel-efficient second: the GLK 250 BlueTEC which uses a 2.1-liter diesel engine.
Both SUVs will feature new standard safety equipment and will be available with additional safety options as well. Mercedes’ “attention assist” system will come in all models and offers to sense when someone is falling asleep at the wheel and prevent it. The brand’s adaptive cruise control system is also available for the first time on the GLK and can stop the car from speeds up to 125 mph and resume acceleration.
Other features you might expect on a Mercedes are also newly available like lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring and active parking assistance.
Unfortunately, the most intriguing part about the 2013 model year is still unavailable: EPA estimates for the diesel version, though that’s not very surprising because it isn’t for sale yet.