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.