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High-quality materials, new interior appointments, fully
revised trims and the new infotainment systems are all conducive to a truly
delightful driving experience in the GLK. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK comes up trumps with a
range of state-of-the-art assistance systems and comprehensive BlueEFFICIENCY
measures such as the standard-fit ECO start/stop function. BlueTEC diesel
emission control is available for the compact SUV for the first time, enabling
compliance with the EU6 emissions standard. "In the GLK we have a dynamic
lifestyle SUV offering a winning combination of intelligent technology and
character in abundance," says Dr Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board
of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing. "It will further bolster our SUV
portfolio, making a vital contribution to Mercedes-Benz's global growth in this
The GLK offers outstanding driving dynamics, excellent driving safety and
superlative ride comfort. In addition to the rear-wheel drive versions, the
4MATIC models with permanent all-wheel drive demonstrate an intrepid spirit even
in the most adverse conditions - both on- and off-road. Like all SUV and
all-terrain vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, the GLK is a thoroughbred,
no-holds-barred off-road operator. Meanwhile, the forefather of all modern-day
Mercedes-Benz SUVs which lent its name to the GLK - the G-Class - is now in its
33rd model year and is also undergoing a thorough facelift.
New Interpretation of the Classic GLK Design
The exterior lends the GLK added poise. The body combines classic elements of
all-terrain vehicles with the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz saloons.
Stringent lines, expansive surfaces and the smooth-surfaced, volume-emphasizing
front and rear areas harmonize with the hallmark GLK body features which are
typical of functional all-terrain vehicles. These include short overhangs, the
upright front end, slender roof pillars, a steep windscreen and the taut roof
line. The body design is not a stylistic end in itself. Rather, it applies the
advantages typical off all-terrain vehicles to the compact SUV class.
Accomplished ATV-specific features such as approach and departure angle and
ground clearance enable off-road ventures at any time. The neatly designed body
and the good all-round visibility combined with the seat position enhance
suitability for everyday use and provide for relaxed driving.
Beneath the newly designed headlamps,
all models offer LED daytime driving lights in a chrome clasp as standard. The
radiator grille with two slats and central star follows the design idiom of all
current passenger car models. The slats are painted silver, with chrome inserts
optional. The headlamps embody a new interpretation of the signature Mercedes
lamp design. On the basic model with reflection-type headlamps, a chrome torch
feature spans the two reflectors. On models featuring the Intelligent Light
System (ILS), the headlamp comprises the projection unit, a reflector and the
torch with LED fiber-optic cables for the position light, above which the turn
signal indicators consisting of individual LEDs are located. The roof rails in a
totally new design are particularly striking in the side view.
The rear bumper lends a bold, sporty character to the 2013 GLK's rear end with its
width-emphasizing lines and delicate tail lights. The new-style underride guard
- optionally in chrome - and the chrome-plated tailpipe trims which also come as
standard catch the eye here. The tail lights have undergone a complete revamp in
terms of both appearance and functions. Fiber-optic cables and LEDs are also
employed to provide the 2013 GLK's rear end with a unique and characteristic night
design, the new license plate LED lamp providing a finishing touch.
As part of the model facelift, the designers have also developed new wheels in
size 17-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch, which are
available in various paint finishes or with a high-sheen finish. An
aerodynamically optimized 17-inch wheel is available for the first
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, front view. The radiator grille with two slats
and central star follows the design idiom of all current Mercedes passenger car models.
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