2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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What's New for 2013:
  • Restyled exterior with headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, grille, and bumpers
  • Restyled interior with air vents and color instrumentation
  • Direct Select gear selector added to transmission
  • GLK250 BlueTec model debuts with turbo-diesel engine
  • GLK350 gets V-6 engine and Eco Start/Stop technology
  • Standard Mbrace 2 telematics system
  • Standard 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional ambient interior lighting

Exterior Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK is a 5-passenger compact luxury SUV offered as the GLK250 BlueTec with turbo-diesel engine or the GLK350 with a gasoline V-6 engine. Both models are equipped with a standard 4Matic 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system. Standard equipment includes 19-inch aluminum wheels with 235/50 tires, roof rack, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, and LED running lights.

Interior Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK provides 23.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, and 54.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

Dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, 8-way power front seats, and MB-Tex leatherette upholstery are standard on the 2013 GLK. Additional items include color instrumentation and information displays, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with shift paddles, wood interior trim, and a stereo with a CD/MP3 player, auxiliary audio input jack, and weatherband radio.

Optional Features
Mercedes offers several option packages for the GLK models. The Premium Package 1 includes a panoramic glass sunroof, power tailgate, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, memory for the driver's settings, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, compass, universal garage door opener, 115-volt power outlet, satellite radio, and an iPod connection.

For leather seats, buyers must choose the Full Leather Seating package, which also comes with ambient interior lighting, comfort headrest design, and memory for the front passenger's settings. A Multimedia package adds a voice-controlled navigation and infotainment system to the GLK, along with a reversing camera.

Safety-related upgrades include the Lighting package, Lane Tracking package, and the Driver Assistance package, all discussed in greater detail below.

An optional Appearance package adds 20-inch aluminum wheels and aluminum roof rails, while an AMG Styling package includes an AMG body kit, AMG-design 20-inch wheels, AMG LED running lights, and aluminum roof rails. Additional upgrades include a premium sound system, Parktronic parking sensors with active parking assist, heated front seats, keyless access and push-button start, tow hitch, and metallic paint.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Mercedes GLK250 BlueTec has a new 2.1-liter, 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine generating 190 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 1,800 rpm.

The GLK350 has a new direct-injection, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. torque from 3,500 rpm to 5,250 rpm. This engine is equipped with standard Eco Start/Stop technology to help conserve fuel.

Both engines are paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission with a new Direct Select shifter. Standard 4Matic permanent 4WD splits power 45/55 front-to-rear. According to Mercedes, the GLK350 accelerates to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, while the GLK250 BlueTec achieves the same speed in 7.9 seconds.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 are:

  • GLK350: 19/25/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • GLK350 4Matic: 19/24/21 mpg

The EPA had not rated the new GLK250 BlueTec as this overview is written.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK is equipped with 9 air bags, traction control, stability control, trailer sway control, and a 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock braking system with brake assist, brake pre-charging, brake drying, hold function, and hill-start assist. Additionally, the GLK is equipped with Attention Assist, which can detect a drowsy driver and recommend a rest break, and Mbrace 2 telematics service with a limited subscription to service.

Safety-related options include a Lighting package containing bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Assist, and headlight cleaners. A Lane Tracking package is also available, and installs Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist technologies. The Driver Assistance Package includes active versions of Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, as well as Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control with Pre-Safe Braking technology.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the restyled 2013 GLK-Class as this overview is written.


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  • Name GLK350 (RWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 37090.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
  • Name GLK350 (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 39090.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
  • Name GLK250 BlueTEC (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 38390.00 Engine 2.2L/131 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
  • MB-Tex seat trim
  • 8-way pwr front bucket seats w/active head restraints -inc: driver memory
  • Driver & front passenger 4-way pwr lumbar support
  • Flat-folding 2nd row seat
  • Front center armrest w/storage
  • Central controller for audio, telephone & optional navigation functions
  • Front/rear cupholders
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Chrome door sill trim
  • Leather-wrapped multi-function pwr-adjustable tilt/telescopic steering wheel -inc: memory
  • Electric analog instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel, coolant
  • Digital display for clock & Touch Shift gear/mode selector
  • Multi-function 4.5" display -inc: odometer, trip meter, outside temp, audio controls, vehicle reminder & message indicator, driver-programmable settings, trip computer
  • Mercedes-Benz maintenance system -inc: displays distance remaining to maintenance, type of service due & reminders
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down
  • SmartKey remote control -inc: remote door lock/unlock, liftgate, fuel-filler door, removable valet key & panic alarm, selective unlock, windows open/close
  • Driver-programmable autolock
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft alarm -inc: engine immobilizer
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control -inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filter, sun sensor
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
  • Burl walnut wood interior trim
  • Night security illumination
  • Illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front door side pockets w/integrated speaker
  • Rear cargo cover
  • 19" triple-5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P235/50R19 all-season tires
  • Roof rails
  • Chrome exterior accents
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Automatic headlamps w/twilight sensor & locator lighting
  • Integrated front foglamps
  • Rear foglamp
  • LED taillights
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/LED turn indicators
  • Chrome load sill plate
  • Privacy glass
  • Intermittent front wipers
  • Rear intermittent wiper w/washer
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine -inc: eco start/stop tech
  • Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission -inc: Touch Shift, eco/sport shift programs
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 3-link front suspension
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • AGILITY CONTROL suspension system w/selective damping
  • Speed-sensitive hydraulic pwr steering w/variable centering
  • 4-wheel adaptive ventilated pwr disc brakes -inc: brake drying, hill-start assist, pre-charging
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • 2.2L turbocharged I4 BlueTEC diesel engine
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) -inc: brake assist system (BAS), adaptive brakes w/brake drying, hill start assist, brake pre-charging
    • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) -inc: trailer stability assist
    • Electronic traction system (ETS)
    • LED daytime running lamps
    • 2-stage driver & front passenger airbags -inc: adaptive passenger airbag, occupant classification system
    • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
    • Driver & front passenger pelvic airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • Driver knee airbag
    • All-position 3-point seat belts -inc: outboard height-adjustable, outboard emergency tensioning device, front belt force limiters
    • LATCH system on rear outboard seats
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Rear top tether anchors for child seats
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Rollover sensor
    • AM/FM weatherband stereo w/CD player -inc: MP3 capability, 5" LCD color display, (6) speakers, auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth hands-free communication system

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