2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 22, 2012
FAST FACTS
  • Exterior styling updates
  • New dashboard and seat designs
  • New turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine in GLK250 BlueTec
  • More powerful V-6 engine in GLK350
  • Upgraded technology

Exterior Features

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class receives new headlights with LED running lights, a new grille, revised front and rear bumpers, and new LED taillights. The standard 19-inch aluminum wheels feature a new 5-spoke design for 2013.

Interior Features

Inside, the 2013 GLK gets a new dashboard featuring a color in-dash monitor and round air vents, new seat designs, and additional center console storage area thanks to the new Direct Select transmission shifter mounted on the steering column.

Optional Features

Included among the options available for the 2013 Mercedes GLK are leather seats, panoramic sunroof, hard-drive navigation system, premium Harmon/Kardon sound system, and a power tailgate. The new GLK can also be equipped with several new features, including Parktronic Active Park Assist, which helps the driver squeeze the GLK into tight parallel parking spaces, and the Lighting package, which includes bi-Xenon headlights with active curve illumination and new Adaptive Highbeam Assist technology. New LED fiber-optic ambient cabin lighting is available for 2013, as well as redesigned 20-inch aluminum wheels and a new AMG Styling package.

Under the Hood

The new 2013 GLK250 BlueTec has a direct-injected, 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine. Because it generates 190 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, Mercedes calls it "the most powerful turbo-diesel 4-cylinder in the world."

The updated Mercedes GLK350 gets a power boost for 2013. Its direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine is more powerful than before, now making 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,500 and 5,250 rpm.

Both engines are equipped with standard ECO Start/Stop technology, which turns the engine off when idling in traffic or at an intersection, and each is bolted to a new 7-speed automatic transmission that Mercedes says is more refined, responsive, and fuel-efficient. In standard format, the 2013 GLK-Class is rear-wheel drive. A 4Matic permanent 4-wheel-drive system is optional.

Safety

For 2013, the updated Mercedes GLK is equipped with nine air bags, three more than before. New additions include a driver's knee air bag and front-seat pelvic air bags designed to provide better side-impact protection. New Attention Assist technology is also standard on the 2013 GLK, a detection system that alerts a sleepy driver when it is time to take a break.

Additionally, the new 2013 GLK includes standard traction and stability control, and anti-lock brakes fortified with brake assist, brake hold, brake drying and priming, and hill-start assist features. An optional Lane Tracking package includes Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist technology. Taking these features a step further, the optional Driver Assistance package includes active versions of Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, and adds a Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control system, Brake Assist Plus, and Pre-Safe brakes.
Explore car shopping guides
2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2022 Toyota 4Runner Comparison
2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2022 Toyota 4Runner Comparison
For consumers who like the idea of going off-road, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and 2022 Toyota 4Runner are two of the most capable sport-utility vehicles you can buy. If you're considering either of these old-school SUVs, this 2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2022 Toyota 4Runner comparison should help.
Read the full review
Top-Rated 2021 Luxury Cars in Appeal According to Consumers
Top-Rated 2021 Luxury Cars in Appeal According to Consumers
The top-rated 2021 luxury cars in appeal according to consumers are listed here in ascending order by index score. Note that we include only 4-door sedans; see our separate list of the most appealing coupes and convertibles if you want only two doors on your next luxury car.
Read the full review
Top-Rated 2021 Luxury SUVs in Appeal According to Consumers
Top-Rated 2021 Luxury SUVs in Appeal According to Consumers
This article describes the 10 highest-rated 2021 model-year luxury SUVs in appeal, drawn from the analysis of all luxury SUVs. The vehicles are listed in ascending order so the most appealing luxury SUV is the last on the list.
Read the full review
Read all articles
Scroll to the top
New Car Preview
2022 Infiniti QX60 Preview
Most Dependable
2019 Vehicle Dependability: Most Dependable Trucks
Most Popular
10 Most Popular Luxury SUVs and Crossovers
New Model Update
New for 2019: Jaguar
New Car Preview
2022 Genesis GV70 Preview
More related
articles