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Mercedes unveils the revised GLK

Don't get too excited though...

Ahead of the scheduled unveiling at the New York Auto Show next month Mercedes has released the first images and details of the new 2013 GLK-Class. The compact SUV benefits from a mid-life facelift and a new clean diesel engine.

The new diesel powerplant will be found in the GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic, and is a twin-turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder unit producing 200 bhp and 369 lb/ft of torque and will only be available in four-wheel-drive.

The engine line-up is also complimented by an upgraded version of the naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 unit of the GLK350. Power output has been raised to 300 bhp whilst torque is rated at 273 lb/ft.

The facelifted GLK is easily distinguishable from the outgoing model by its new front bumper with restyled fog-lights as well as revised LED infused headlights. The wheels have also been refreshed along with the new taillights. There is also the option of an AMG Exterior Sports package. It includes AMG front and rear aprons, a sportier radiator grille with chrome accents, AMG LED daytime-driving lights, 19-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels and a sportier suspension setup.

Sadly to us here in the UK, all of this is utterly meaningless as Mercedes are continuing with their odd decision to not sell the GLK in the UK, or indeed any RHD countries. Given how popular cars like the Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q3/5 and BMW X1/X3 are, it seems strange that Mercedes wouldn’t want a piece of the action.

Hopefully the next all-new model expected in 2015 will be RHD. 

Images courtesy of Mercedes

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more