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).