New York 2012: Mercedes-Benz Refreshes GLK-Class, Adds BlueTec Diesel Model

The smallest entry in the Mercedes-Benz SUV collection, the GLK-Class, is updated in several important ways for the 2013 model year. The revamped GLK debuts at the New York auto show with a new face, a smarter interior, and the promise of a thrifty turbodiesel engine.

The 2013 GLK-Class wears a new face that includes more aggressive chrome skid plates, revised headlights with LED running lights, LED taillights, redesigned wheels, and new exhaust tips. As a result, the SUV looks more like other new Mercedes vehicles. On the inside, dull square air vents give way to circular sculpted chrome designs, similar to those seen on the 2013 SL-Class roadsters.

There even is an optional Apple iPad dock for the rear seats -- "So don't be surprised if your passengers always want to sit in the back," jokes Mercedes-Benz marketing executive Joachim Schmidt.

A new 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 302 hp, up from 268 hp in 2012, and gains Mercedes ECO stop-start to help save fuel. From early next year, there also will be a GLK250 BlueTec model with a 2.1-liter turbodiesel inline-four good for 190 hp and 369 lb-ft. It should be the most economical version of the 2013 GLK by a large margin., and Schmidt says the BlueTec will "guarantee green driving fun" for GLK customers.

For more on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 New York International Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our New York Show homepage.

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