2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK will get a diesel engine in the United States

Article by Anita Panait, on January 18, 2012

Mercedes-Benz will be offering a 2013 GLK diesel this fall, Steve Cannon, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, confirmed. The GLK will be the sixth diesel model in Mercedes’ lineup. Mercedes is currently offering the ML and GL SUVs, R-class crossover, E-class sedan and S-class flagship sedan, all fitted with a six-cylinder 3.0-liter diesel. The 2013 GLK diesel will be fitted with a four-cylinder engine.

Cannon forecasts that diesel sales could push GLK sales from 24,310 units in 2011 to the “high 30s” in 2012.  Diesels represent around 25% to 30% of GL sales and 15% to 20% of the ML, Cannon added.  Diesel sales of the E-class sedan represent 3%. Mercedes commenced sale of its S400 diesel last fall and is planning to create a diesel variant on the compact C class when the car is redesigned in three years.

This year’s offerings outline Mercedes’ diesel dominance over its German rivals. BMW’s diesel fleet only includes the X5 SUV and the 3 series. Audi’s diesel lineup is composed of the Q7 SUV and A3 hatchback, but may soon include the A4 sedan and possibly the compact Q3 crossover.

Mercedes-Benz’s GLK-Class is gearing up to conquer the world of compact sports utility vehicles or SUVs. What sets the GLK-Class apart from all the rest is its genuine character, its appealing and practical compact body form, and the fact that it brings together attributes that were seen as entirely contradictory before. For one, there’s the Agility Control suspension, which serves up a combination of excellent handling dynamics, outstanding ride comfort, and impressive driving safety.

Then there’s the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, which joins forces with the newest electronic control systems in delivering superlative on-road performance as well as exceptional off-road suitability. It is this combination that gives the Benz GLK-Class such great appeal.

Thanks to its eco-friendly and economical yet powerful four- and six-cylinder engines, the GLK-Class offers superlative performance. The GLK 220 CDI’s BlueEFFICIENCY version features new entry-level four-cylinder Benz diesel engine which generates 125 kW/170 hp but consumes only 6.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. Additionally, the GLK-Class’ unshakeable foundations are similarly impressive. The robust body is essential to the passive-safety setup, the exceptional interior comfort, the low noise levels, and high value retention. And speaking of comfort, the interior produces the typical Benz feeling of well-being.

Moreover, the GLK stands out from its competition because of its exemplary appointments as well as its attractive equipment packages. Not to mention the state-of-the-art and cutting-edge systems like the Intelligent Light System and the PRE-SAFE safety concept, which are available for the first time ever in this market segment.

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