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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Gets a Facelift for New York

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Mercedes-Benz has given its smallest SUV, the GLK a facelift for the 2013 model year. The 2013 GLK gets a refreshed exterior, more standard equipment and a new diesel engine.

On the outside the 2013 GLK now has a more athletic look with styling cues borrowed from the current Mercedes-Benz sedans. It gets new headlights with LED daytime running lights, a revised grille, new taillights, a new rear bumper and redesigned roof rails. The 2013 GLK also rides on new 19-inch alloy wheels and the available Appearance Package adds 20-inch wheels. A new AMG Styling Package gives the GLK an even sportier appearance with 20-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloys, AMG front and rear skirts, AMG grille with two chrome louvers, AMG LED daytime running lights and aluminum roof rails.

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The interior of the GLK has also been redesigned with a new dashboard. A leather multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles and a 4.5-inch color display in the instrument cluster are both standard. The Direct Select shifter for the seven-speed automatic transmission is now located on the steering column.

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The 2013 GLK is now offered with two engines, the 3.5L V6 and a new 2.1L diesel engine. The V6 in the GLK350 packs 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque. It reaches 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. The V6 also gets Mercedes-Benz’s ECO stop/start system for even better fuel economy.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC boasts the most powerful four-cylinder diesel engine in the SUV world. The direct-injection engine is rated at 190 hp and generates 369 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines are mated to a seven-speed transmission.

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 arrives this summer, while the diesel powered GLK250 will arrive early next year.