The few cosmtic upgrades that were introduced just a few months ago did not prevent Mercedes from coming up with a new and more heavy restyling of its GLK. The front end gets LED stripes, a new fascia (which now will be the same for both ’standard’ and ‘offroad’ versions) and a slimmer design for the head-lights. More LED technology can be found on the tail-lights and for the plate illumination, while the longitudinal bars are now more streamlined and aerodynamically efficient. The new GLK will also use a new range of 17″, 19″ and 20″ alloys.
The dashboard is enriched with wood and aluminum inserts and has a design that is somewhat reminiscent of the latest B-Class, while the lever commanding the 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox is now located right behind the steering wheel. The engine range is made of 4 diesel and one petrol options: the latter is a 3.5-litre V6 delivering 306 hp (for the GLK 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY), whille on the diesel side we have a 2.2-litre unit available in powersteps of 143 hp (for the GLK 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY), 170 hp (for the GLK 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY) and 204 hp (for the GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, with twin turbo) and a 265 hp 3.0-litre V6 (for the GLK 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY).
Both 200 CDI and 220 CDI versions will also be made available with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. In Germany the cost of this new GLK range will go from the 36.235€ of the GLK 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY to the 50.099 € of the GLK 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY. The model should make its official debut at the next 2012 New York International Motor Show (April 6-15).
A mule of the upcoming face-lifted Mercedes GLK was spotted again and during some cold weather testing in Sweden. On this prototype we can see more distinctively the design of the front end, that seems to use a quite different lights layout and uses a light tube in the headlights that appears to be pretty similar to the one we have seen on the recent Mercedes B-Class. The front bumper is still quite heavily disguised, which would make us believe it will end up with a quite different design and modified air-intakes. Besides, the tail lights seem to have been given a new shape and LED technology as well.
For the first time, we also received a snapshot of the cabin, although much of it was still hidden. However, from what we can see, the most significant detail is the presence of what seem to be paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, yet another confirmation that the next GLK will be changing the gears of its automatic transmission with that command as opposed to the control placed in the middle of the console of the current version. Plus, there will be a new set of round-shaped air outlets on the dashboard, similar to what we have seen on the latest SLS.
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The Mercedes GLK only debuted back in 2008, but the model could be up for a restyling about five years into its lifecycle, meaning we’ll get a 2013 Mercedes GLK restyling. We could see it already at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, which would make it an early introduction but Frankfurt is skipping next year in favour of Paris’ turn so that rules out the opportunity of a home turf debut.
The GLK will get both style and technical updates, with new LED daytime running lights and a new front grille setup. The interior could receive some significant interventions with a new central console and steering wheel gear change function like many other Mercedes.
Autoevolution reports that the engine lineup will be updated with new petrol units borrowed from the SLK 250 and SLK 350 (power at 204 and 306 hp respectively), and maybe a few tweaks to the top diesel engines. Another option for a new GLK debut could be at the New York auto show, as a 2013 model year car and with production starting only at the end of 2012.
With the new Mercedes GLK arriving in autumn, the small SUV will broaden its offering with rear wheel drive versions, that will be available alongside the current 4Matic all wheel drive system.
Initially the rear wheel drive will be offered only on the 220 CDI version, but with a new six speed manual transmission that expands on the only shift currently available: the 7G-Tronic option.
This is a big gallery, but arriving from Mercedes-Benz are the official shots of the GLK, the smaller SUV from the German company, born to combat the BMW X3, which has just been slightly done-up for the model year 2009.
In this sector product image is just so important and Mercedes has really put its effort into a determind style that departs from the traditional look of this company. Whether you like it or not, it’s got the agression required for this segment with its strong colours and definite lines.
See below for the images from the German SUV.