We’re going to be seeing a crowded crop of compact crossovers in the coming months, and there’ll be something for seemingly every wallet, with all-new offerings as well as updates like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK set to roll into showrooms.
It seems the German maker will be updating both ends of its crossover line-up, TheDetroitBureau.com previously revealing the new GL that will make its debut at the New York Auto Show next month. Now, we can take a closer look at the 2013 Mercedes GLK –which will also make its first appearance in the Big Apple.
For those with a weak grasp of the Teutonic tongue, that “K” makes all the difference. It’s German for “kurz,” and like the SLK and CLK designations, means a downsized model. In this case, the smallest of the Mercedes-Benz crossovers, designed to compete with the likes of the BMW X3, the Audi Q5 and even the Cadillac SRX.
The timing of this modest update probably couldn’t be better considering that rising fuel prices have lots of buyers looking to downsize. Better yet, Mercedes is signaling that the 2013 GLK will offer a new diesel option that could make it the most fuel-efficient offering in the compact luxury crossover segment.