2013 MercedesBenz GLK First Drive Autoblog

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Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 AT Special Series

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

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We admit it: It’s easy to dig the GLK. Like many of our Jeep models, the GLK presents as a true small, rugged that you can use just about any way you Yes, the rectilinear design is but for us, the poles seem to line up often than not. granted, any sort of utility that presents itself all in or off-white inside and out in this case with 19-inch is going to face a ribbing by men. Tooth-whitening brightness and shoes aside, anything aspires to emulate even the rep of the legendary G-Class is welcome in our driveway.

A chief goal in rather ambitious midlife has been to soften slightly the exterior look.

The French and their winding and elevation-changing will test any person or pretty well, however. We on the latest GLK 350 4Matic and its enhanced-efficiency V6, now good for 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 of torque from 3,500 rpm up to revs. Our 100-mile-plus on-road route showed us pretty all there was to see in this refreshed GLK with its more forceful The AMG Sports package with Pirelli P Zero tires and suspension setup could done better with but all-in-all, our foray was a very one. As you’d expect, wheels show up on the options but for ride quality’s sake, is better. Regardless of what hoops you fit, brakes are discs up front and 11.8-inch out back.

A chief goal in this ambitious midlife updo has to soften slightly the GLK’s look and feel without its association with the ultra-boxy We think they’ve succeeded, up front, where new headlamps a revamped grille and new lower While doing this, the has been switched out in favor of a premium atmosphere. As before, continues the wise move of its GLK as either rear-wheel-drive or 4Matic, and the transmission remains the 7G Tronic seven-speed automatic, the latter shifted on our AMG-trimmed model paddles on the three-spoke steering When not using the paddles, the gearshift lever has migrated the floor to the steering column, and the new air vents inspired by the SLS AMG gullwing shown up here as well.

We figure sales are sure to thanks to the 2013 model’s redo, plus the already-announced of a diesel.

At least in the very context for our test drive, the seating position of the GLK is more enough to feel safe and In North America, the GLK is a decidedly CUV, though, but Mercedes-Benz has big for us and its smallest ute. U.S. of the GLK were up healthily to almost units in 2011, and we figure number is sure to grow to the 2013 model’s attractive and interior redo, plus the inclusion of a GLK 250 BlueTEC 4Matic Due in the U.S. by early 2013, four-cylinder offers 201 hp from its 2.1 in the rest of the world, but it will do with 195 hp in the U.S. and Canada due to homologation and emissions measures. importantly, it will still get the 369 of torque between 1,600 and rpm.

Our fully tricked-out GLK 350 4Matic and all new offer a front track is 1.2 inches wider, a rear 2.1 inches wider, and exterior that drops nearly an versus the existing GLK. All of makes the GLK a better driver before, possessing a better stance. With the latest of Benz’s electro-mechanical steering and a steering ratio to go with its 2.6 lock-to-lock, maneuverability has been all around.

Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 AT Special Series

The GLK 350’s V6 rates at a unimpressive 16 miles per gallon and 22 mpg highway.

In motion, the standard Control software included the Direct Steer system can when you may need a different angle to handle understeer, or moments of compromised stability. it senses and suggests by sort of nudging the steering a certain way when really needed. If being honest, it’s feature we need to get used to, we are still in the habit of switching off all of active safety features setting off. For the moment, at it strikes us as one more unsatisfying toward a Utopian vision of cars.

Of the seven global engine/output on sale once this GLK appears in dealers starting in in Europe and in September in North six are CDI diesels. They are all vastly efficient than our GLK 350’s V6, still rates, despite the oomph, at a frankly unimpressive 16 per gallon city and 22 mpg highway. despite the inclusion of start/stop By contrast, the worthy 250 CDI BlueTEC we managed to average a verifiable mpg for us over a very mountainous when driven quite

Look for the GLK 350 to hit the wallet at around and the 250 BlueTEC at $43,000 or so.

The interior for the new GLK takes on a bunch life, fewer buttons and a set of comfort and technology options. As for the pretty much everything you can into your typical E- and sedan is now available for your including things like Keep and Blind Spot and a Dolby Digital surround-sound system. As to the touchpoints, the materials are all around, and we like the all-new design. We also appreciate the physical interface at the center and the sleeker look on the whole. We really like the slightly truck-like angle of the steering which helps greatly comfort on long trips. of long trips, when up the cargo hold for big journyes, will find 15.9 feet expandable up to 54.8 For all this, look for the starter GLK 350 to hit the at around $37,000 and the 250 BlueTEC to do so at or so.

In the end, a true short-body the GLK will never be. But this is a big in several simple ways the outgoing original. With the compact utility market so with worthy comers, we have to wish Mercedes in making much of a further therein. The inclusion of a diesel option shortly is a brave in helping set the GLK apart, but only will tell if it’s to keep models like the Q5. BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 at bay.

Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 AT Special Series

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