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The GLK embraces connectivity with in-car Facebook, voice commands for COMAND, and a pretty new LCD display.
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Multimediaphiles will revel in the sound system's ability to connect to and control both an iPod AND a USB stick at the same time, and Bluetooth audio streaming is just around the corner.
Motor Trend

impressed by its quality and convinced you don't need to pony up the extra $1,750 for old-fashioned cow skin
Edmunds

Running boards add another $660 and are positioned to soil clean pants upon exiting the vehicle.
Car and Driver

Mercedes-Benz provides so many desirable options that the GLK can easily top $50K on a loaded model.
MSN Autos

The central controller for music and navigation is easy to use.
Forbes

It's the smallest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup but the GLK is far from spartan. It has all the luxury and technology features you'll find in the bigger M-Class, and some new features coming in 2013 to the new GL, too.

All V-6 GLKs with all-wheel drive come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; automatic climate control; Bluetooth and iPod connectivity; power front seats; wood trim; 19-inch wheels; and MB-Tex upholstery, a synthetic material that does a good job of passing itself off as leather. A new 5.8-inch LCD screen displays output for the audio system. Paddle controls for the shifter--now relocated to the steering column--are standard. Diesel GLKs are expected to come with all-wheel drive and similar equipment; the equipment list for the rear-drive model has yet to be released.

Many of the GLK's options are bundled into packages. A premium package rolls up memory seating and power tilt/telescope steering; a power tailgate; an iPod interface; satellite radio; a panoramic sunroof; and a garage door opener. Another package bundles leather seating with memory seats and ambient lighting. An AMG Styling package gets unique body add-ons, LED daytime running lamps, aluminum roof rails, and 20-inch five-spoke wheels.

Entertainment options include a Multimedia Package with a rearview camera, enhanced voice commands, and Mercedes' COMAND roller-knob controller for ancillary controls, coupled with a hard-drive-based navigation system. A Lane Tracking Package combines safety features including blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping assist, while another Driver Assistance package brings in adaptive cruise control and active blind-spot assist with brake intervention.

Stand-alone options include satellite radio; a harman/kardon sound system; parking sensors teamed with active park assist; the panoramic sunroof; a trailer hitch; running boards; heated front seats; 19-inch wheels; the iPod interface; and keyless entry and pushbutton start.

Mercedes-Benz has been a tech pioneer for quite some time in the automotive industry, combining cutting-edge features with an impeccable luxury finish. This year, the GLK incorporates mbrace2, a mobile-app connectivity suite that brings in Yelp, Facebook, and Google Street View to the driving environment, along with other services like geofencing and remote vehicle data access via a smartphone app.

 


Conclusion

The GLK embraces connectivity with in-car Facebook, voice commands for COMAND, and a pretty new LCD display.

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