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The upcoming 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK will receive a much-needed refresh and facelift, and this time around it’s been caught cold weather testing out in Northern Sweden.
From these spy photos, it’s easy to see that Mercedes will be integrating all new LED headlights and taillights on their refreshed GLK-Class, and with all the camouflage on the bumpers, one can expect some changes including daytime running lights.
We also have a much better look at the interior of the new GLK, which reveals that it’ll be receiving a gear-changing stalk on the steering rack, much like the ML- and GL-Class, rather than in the center console like the current generation. Possible engines for the refreshed GLK include the 1.8L found in the C250 with 201-hp and 229 lb-ft of torque, while the GLK350 is almost a certainty, with a 3.5L V6 packing 302-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK
The rising Chinese market for luxury SUVs have forced automakers to turn towards manufacturing in those respective countries to avoid raising prices from importing in the vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has just rolled their first Beijing-built GLK off the assembly line, joining their European counterparts Audi and BMW in manufacturing their SUVs in China.
Audi has been producing their Q5 in China almost since its launch, while BMW recently began X1 production there. Mercedes for now will only be producing the GLK300 in China, but plans to complement the 3.0L V6, 245-hp engine with a smaller engine before the end of next year.
Manufacturing Mercedes-Benz models in China is part of the German brand’s long-term plan with hopes of producing two-thirds of all Mercedes sold in China by 2015. Which models will join the GLK, C-Class and long wheelbase E-Class in China’s manufacturing is unknown currently but sales of Mercedes-Benz models have been on the rise in China with 168,940 vehicles sold in 2011 so far. Unfortunately, they’re still third behind BMW and Audi.
[Source: Left Lane News]