A new-generation 302-hp 3.5-liter V-6 combines numerous advances to deliver more torque over a wider range of rpm. Its rapid-multispark ignition fires up to four times per millisecond, while new high-pressure Direct Injection microscopically tunes the fuel spray, reducing emissions, fuel consumption and noise. A lightweight diecast-alloy block, quicker and more widely variable valve timing, reduced friction, and clever "on-demand" ancillary components like the alternator further boost efficiency.
The industry's first 7-speed automatic has been made even smoother, more responsive and more efficient. A wide range of closely spaced gear ratios delivers the ideal response in virtually every driving situation, for relaxed cruising, quick acceleration, and thanks to two overdrive ratios, better highway fuel efficiency. Adaptive logic monitors your driving style and adjusts its shift points to match, while standard paddle shifters offer manual-style enjoyment anytime you want it. A new column-mounted electronic selector lets you handle all gear changes without taking a hand from the steering wheel.
A pair of paddles strategically positioned behind the upper steering-wheel spokes allows you to manually upshift and downshift the 7-speed automatic transmission with just a flick of your fingers.
A fuel-saving new ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights and other idle situations. As soon as the driver lifts off the brake, the engine instantly restarts, for immediate acceleration response. The ECO Start/Stop feature can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
Engineered specifically for performance driving, AGILITY CONTROL automatically adjusts the individual shock absorbers based on the road surface and the driver's current driving style. Valving inside each shock absorber automatically firms up during stronger body motions for sharper handling feedback and stability, and reduces the damping rates during gentler motions for a smoother, more composed ride.
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control.
Powerful 4-wheel disc brakes feature a number of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier.
Muscular yet elegant new styling makes the GLK-Class more distinctive than ever. A bold new grille is flanked by intriguingly detailed headlamps that flow into its powerful hood and chiseled, flared fenders. Ruggedly angular and upright, the GLK is also aerodynamically refined to maximize efficiency, interior space and outward vision while minimizing wind noise. Short overhangs and powerful wheel arches set off the largest standard wheels in its class, while new LED front and rear lighting, a prominent rear spoiler and chrome-finished dual exhausts reveal its athletic nature.
Designed by the performance-minded artisans at Mercedes-AMG, chiseled front and rear bumpers integrated chrome skid plates, lending the already athletic GLK350 an even more muscular presence.
Chrome exterior accents highlight the stylish character of the GLK350. From the ribs in its bold front grille to the side-window trim to the tips of its true dual exhaust, polished chrome detailing expresses the GLK's rugged refinement.
Whether traveling with a bike, a snowboard or extra luggage, the standard black roof rails offer a multitude of cargo options with accessory attachments.
A stylish new dashboard sweeps across the roomy GLK cabin with bold style and elegant details. New air vents are encircled in brushed aluminum. So are the new gauges, with their crisp, legible faces and color multifunction display placed at the same height as the large color central screen. Rich new materials and refined colors reward your every sense. And while every control is close at hand, the generous space and large, upright windows impart a relaxed sense of freedom.
With a daring triple 5-spoke design and durable light-alloy construction, the sporty 19-inch wheels are the largest standard wheels in the GLK's class, and come outfitted with all-season tires.
Adding to the sophisticated ambience of the GLK's redesigned cabin, a generous amount of sustainably forested, hand-polished Burl Walnut wood trim adorns the dash and doors.
The standard 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel is wrapped in supple Premium leather. For fingertip access to some of the vehicle functions you use most often, convenient buttons on the wheel let you control the audio volume and selection, send and end calls on your Bluetooth-enabled phone, and scroll through the features of the new full-color multifunction display in the instrument cluster.
Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating front lights whenever the car is switched on. With long life and low energy consumption, the light-emitting diode (LED) lamps also add a distinctive high-tech styling touch.
Deep-tinted windows for the second row, rear quarters and liftgate affords added privacy and warm-weather comfort to rear-cabin passengers.
An advanced system of 9 air bags offers 11-way occupant protection. Dual two-stage front air bags, front side-impact air bags, front pelvic air bags, a driver's knee air bag, and window curtain air bags for both seating rows are standard.
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST continuously monitors different parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. Disclaimer
The exterior lights can be programmed to turn on for a preset interval when you remote-lock your vehicle in darkness, to help light a path for you as you leave.
In the case of a rear impact exceeding a preset threshold, NECK-PRO front head restraints move forward and slightly upward, reducing the distance between the head restraints and the heads of front-seat occupants. This action helps to reduce the possibility or severity of whiplash-type neck injuries.
Equipped with Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) and belt force limiters, 3-point seat belts are arguably our most important passive safety feature. If a collision exceeds a preset threshold, the ETDs instantly remove slack from the front and rear outboard seat belts. Belt force limiters allow a slight amount of give in the ETD-equipped seat belts, to reduce the peak seat-belt forces on the occupant.
Approximately 70% of the GLK-Class body structure is made from high- and ultra-high-strength steel. Advanced crumple zones, two steel beams in each door, and a rigid cabin shell help to divert impact energy over, under and around the occupants.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can automatically detect a substantial loss of tire pressure in any wheel and alert the driver via a warning message in the multifunction display. The advanced TPMS can also display the numeric tire pressure for each mounted wheel.
Enjoy the strong, controlled stopping power of dual-circuit power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes, backed by an Antilock Braking System (ABS). ABS senses impending wheel lockup under heavy braking and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together. This intelligent system can pump the brakes as needed up to 30 times per second, to prevent lockup and preserve the driver's steering ability. Disclaimer
Brake Assist senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal and immediately applies maximum available power boost. Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance by eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough. Letting up on the brake pedal releases Brake Assist. Disclaimer
Adaptive braking technology integrates a suite of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control. Disclaimer
A trailer in tow can adversely affect the driving dynamics of a vehicle. That's why the GLK-Class is equipped standard with Trailer Stability Assist. The sensors for the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) monitor for trailer sway, or oscillations, caused by the trailer's movement. The system then intervenes by using the front brakes of your Mercedes to help stabilize the vehicle and trailer. Disclaimer
The SmartKey remote control integrates remote door locks, a removable valet key and a remote panic alarm. You may selectively unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or all the doors plus the liftgate and fuel filler.
From your car, your computer or your compatible smartphone, mbrace2™ offers the industry's most comprehensive range of features for more connected, safe and productive drive time. From making your everyday life easier to helping out in an emergency, mbrace2 combines advanced cloud-based and GPS technology with 24-hour support from helpful experts. Two mbrace packages are offered, and every 2013 Mercedes-Benz includes a 6-month mbrace trial subscription. Disclaimer
The standard antitheft alarm system is armed automatically when you lock your Mercedes from the outside. It sounds the horn and flashes the exterior lights if a door, the liftgate or the hood is opened without first unlocking the vehicle. You can also sound the alarm by pressing the red "panic" button on your SmartKey remote when you're within range of your vehicle.
Separate left and right temperature controls allow the driver and front passenger to enjoy personalized comfort. In addition to fully automatic or manual control of blower speed and airflow distribution, the system includes a dust and pollen filter that helps keep particles as small as 0.0002-inch from entering the cabin.
Intuitive, seat-shaped controls on the door help you find your ideal driving position with 10-way power adjustment. A memory system recalls three stored positions for the driver seat plus steering column and side mirrors.
To help you find your ideal driving position, the steering column power-adjusts up/down and in/out at the touch of a button. The settings can also be stored in the 3-position driver-seat memory.
For long-term comfort and lower-back support, the driver's seat features lumbar support that power-adjusts both in/out and up/down.
The GLK-Class accommodates up to 23.3 cu ft of cargo with all the seats up, and 54.7 cu ft of cargo with the 60/40-split rear seats folded.
A retractable cover helps shield your cargo or shopping bags from sunlight and prying eyes. The cover is retractable with one hand, or can be removed entirely for maximum cargo space with the seats folded.
You can close all open windows and the sunroof from outside the vehicle, simply by holding down the "lock" button on the SmartKey remote while aiming it at the infrared sensor in the driver's door handle.
The standard AM/FM/weatherband audio system includes six strategically located speakers, an in-dash CD player with MP3 capability, and convenient auxiliary audio controls on the steering wheel.
Both an auxiliary audio input jack and USB connector allow plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other MP3 player.
Delivering remarkably clear audio that gives AM stations the crispness of FM radio, and FM stations CD-grade sound, HD Radio™ also offers a larger bandwidth that can actually increase the number of stations available to you. Disclaimer
Featuring a crisp 5.8-inch color-LCD display and a central controller on the console, the GLK-Class gives you convenient control of audio, video, hands-free calling and optional navigation* functions. Many features can also be accessed via the integrated steering-wheel controls. Disclaimer
Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system. Visit http://www.mercedes-benz-mobile.com/us/en/ to learn more about Bluetooth connectivity. Disclaimer
Bluetooth audio streaming makes it even easier to enjoy your digital music player. It allows you to connect your Bluetooth-equipped iPod® or other MP3 player wirelessly to your vehicle's audio system for convenient, cable-free playback.