Mercedes-Benz to offer diesel variant for the GLK crossover in the United States

Article by Anita Panait, on April 6, 2012

Mercedes-Benz will offer a diesel-engine option to the refreshed GLK crossover unveiled at the ongoing New York Auto Show. The GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC will be powered by a 190-hp, 2.1-liter inline-four-cylinder diesel engine. The GLK will be the latest Mercedes vehicle to gain a diesel variant.  All of Mercedes' larger crossovers and sports utility vehicles have diesel variants.

The new engine variant is expected to give the Mercedes GLK an advantage over rivals Audi Q5 and BMW X3, which have yet to offer diesel engines in the United States. Mercedes has yet to disclose the expected fuel economy ratings for the new diesel version. The first new GLK variant to be available for public will be the GLK350, which will start production this summer.

It will be powered by a V-6 engine. The V6 used to have only 268hp, but after its rework, the engine could now spew out 302hp. A buyer could opt to include in his basket an AMG styling package that includes 20-inch wheels, front and rear skirts, sportier daytime running lights, aluminum roof rails and an AMG grille.

Aside from the new engine option, Mercedes-Benz implemented several midlife exterior updates to the GLK, including new front headlamps and a sportier rear bumper.  The GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC will be available in early 2013. The company has yet to announce the pricing for the updated GLK family.

The way the exterior of the GLK has been designed gives it that added poise as it is able to have the design language present in many of today’s Mercedes-Benz but still with the classic elements seen in all-terrain vehicles. These are especially seen on the front and rear section especially with their smooth and wide surfaces and rigid lines. Of course, it continues to have the signature body features of the GLK. Other features include the upright front end, steep windscreen, thin roof pillars, tight roof line, and short overhangs. However for the GLK, the design is not simply about style as it also makes sure that a vehicle belonging to the compact SUV class benefits from what all-terrain vehicles can offer.

For instance, it has the same departure and approach angle one typically observes in an ATV. There is also that excellent ground clearance. In addition to having a good design, the GLK also allows for all-round visibility. With its smart seat positioning, the GLK becomes excellent for daily use and can even offer a more relaxed driving. One of the more prominent features on the GLK can be seen on the side, particularly the roof rails.

It comes with a new design to keep it in line with the new design language. On top of the black plastic supports, there are the gallery bar rests which have been polished resulting in the profile having a more elegant line. Aside from improving the visuals, another advantage of using the new design is that compared to those in the previous version, the ones in the new GLK are lighter.

This can greatly improve driving dynamics as a lighter roof area means that it is possible to lower the weight on other sections as well, like for example the underbody. While the design of the headlamps is new as well, all models will have as standard the daytime driving lights that use LED and come in a chrome clasp. For the radiator grille, it will have the central star and the two slats, similar to how many of the present passenger car versions are designed.

Though the slats are painted in silver as standard, there is the option to have chrome inserts. The headlamps in particular are the best example of a reinterpretation of the well-known signature lamp design of the brand.

For the base versions, they will have reflection-type headlamps wherein a chrome torch feature will cover its two reflectors. However for models that will have the Intelligent Light System, it will have the bi-xenon headlamps. These headlamps in turn will be made of a reflector and a projection unit. It will even have for its position light a torch that uses LED fiber-optic cables. Just on top of this are the turn signal indicators which are composed of individual LEDs.

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