Mercedes-Benz to introduce a diesel-powered GLK in the U.S. in 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 23, 2010

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a more economical diesel version of the 2012 GLK crossover. Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Ernst Lieb made the confirmation in an interview for Wardsauto. This new model’s engine will be the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder that will be seen on the next generation C-Klasse.

However, Mercedes plans to beef up its diesel powerplant lineup and will reintroduce an oil burner in 2011 that will be added to the existing range that comprises the ML, GL and R-Klasse Bluetecs. Lieb told wardsauto that the Bluetecs range will account for 15% to 20% of total sales.

The GLK 220 CDI Blue Efficiency that is currently being offered in Europe has an output of 170 hp at 3,200 rpm and 400 Nm of torque starting 1,400 rpm.

This enables the vehicle to reach a top speed of 205 km/h (127 mph) and to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 8.8 seconds.

The GLK, which is classified as a compact luxury crossover, debuted at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show alongside its competitor, the Q5.

It is released as a 2009 model in Europe and as a 2010 model in North America. The model was built in the Bremen, Germany plant – the first Mercedes SUV to roll out there. [via Ward's Auto]

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