Ahead of the 2012 New York Auto Show, consumers get a good look at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class compact luxury SUV as the German automaker released details early. As the images here show, the refreshed GLK Class sports a revised exterior design, certainly eye-catching and appropriate for this luxury ute.
While our sister publication MotorAuthority has all the details, we’ll cover some of the highlights here, particularly those that will appeal to families on the lookout for an entry-level luxury SUV.
In short, the changes are styling, more standard equipment (we always like that) and features, and new powertrain options.
Crisp exterior styling
Luxury doesn’t need to be blatant to stand out, and this is evident in the restyled good looks of the 2013 GLK Class. Mercedes-Benz says that the revised styling of the GLK utilizes the design language of its sedans combined with classic off-road SUV styling. Whatever you call it, to our way of thinking the design is striking and appealing at the same time.
In other words, you know it’s a Mercedes-Benz. You get that it’s a small SUV, and you can see it’s a luxury vehicle.
Inside, there’s an all-new dashboard, complete with new burl walnut trim, round air vents, leather multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, and a premium 4.5-inch color display, all standard. The seven-speed automatic transmission shifter has also been ergonomically located on the steering column. That frees up cup space on the center console, newly decked out with a precision-finish Silver Shadow frame that can be covered with a burl walnut-finished retractable cover.
As for infotainment standard features, the new GLK includes a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a central controller with 5.8-inch color display. There’s also an optional Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system with 12 high-performance speakers.
Mercedes-Benz has always been known for outstanding safety features, and the 2013 GLK is no exception. Standard safety features include nine airbags (dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, driver knee airbag, driver and passenger pelvic airbag and window and side curtain airbags front and rear); active front head restraints, and crash-responsive pedals.
Active safety features include active brake with hill-start assist and hill-hold function, brake dry in the wet and brake priming; acceleration skid control; anti-lock brake system (ABS); brake assist; electronic stability program with trailer stabilization; optional 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with electronic traction system; agility control suspension with selective damping system, and direct-steer system with speed-sensitive power assist and variable steering ratio.
Optional driver assistance packages offer even more safety protection. There’s the Lane Tracking package with Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, and the Driver Assistance package with DISTRONIC PLUS with Pre-Safe Brake, Brake Assist Plus, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. PARKTRONIC with Active Park Assist is available as a standalone option.
As MotorAuthority points out, the 2013 GLK will come in both gas-powered GLK350 and a new diesel-powered GLK250 BlueTEC, but the GLK250 BlueTEC won’t arrive until the spring of 2013.
The redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class will arrive in dealerships this fall. Stay tuned for more details coming out of the 2012 New York Auto Show in two weeks.