Mercedes-Benz will offer the GLK in two variants, the GLK350 and the GLK250 Bluetec, the latter being a diesel. The GLK350 uses a direct injected V-6 generating 302 horsepower, while the diesel is a four-cylinder, making 190 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The cabin of the GLK shows Mercedes-Benz refinement, along with an impressive tech package. Almost all of Mercedes-Benz driver assistance features will be available, including blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation.
Most exciting is Mercedes-Benz's new app integration system, which we saw at CES earlier this year. The screen in the GLK shown at the New York show uses the old name for the system. In production, it will be called Mercedes-Benz Apps.
Mercedes-Benz is offering three variants of the GL-class for 2013, the GL350 Bluetec, GL450, and GL550. The first is powered by a 3-liter turbo diesel making 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. The two other models use a twin turbo 4.6-liter engine, the GL450 making 362 horsepower and the GL550 at 429.
The styling of the GL-class gives it a very different look than the other SUVs in the Mercedes-Benz model line, with smooth sides reminiscent of the BMW Bangle era. The GL-class shows its might with big, square wheel arches.
The Mercedes-Benz Airmatic suspension comes standard with the GL, as does its all-wheel-drive system. Airmatic does an excellent job in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles of soaking up rough roads, and should give the GL a luxury ride not typical for SUVs.
The cabin is big and luxurious, with fine trim elements and thick leather over the power-adjustable seats. Driver assistance systems such as blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control contribute to safety.
The GL-class gets the latest Mercedes-Benz head unit electronics, meaning a hard-drive-based navigation system and connected services through Mercedes-Benz Apps, including local online search integrated with the navigation system.