Mercedes-Benz debuted an updated and upgraded 2013 GLK-Class SUV earlier this year, as a GLK350 model with a gasoline V-6 engine and a choice between rear-wheel and 4-wheel drive, the latter iteration dubbed 4Matic. Now, a more fuel-efficient 2013 Mercedes GLK250 BlueTec model has arrived in showrooms, equipped with a twin-turbocharged clean diesel 4-cylinder engine that delivers, according to Mercedes, the best fuel economy in its class, and without a price penalty compared to the GLK350.
Mercedes is no stranger to diesel engines, and its modern BlueTec powertrains combine plenty of torque with impressive mileage. In fact, of all Mercedes models sold in the U.S., 6% are equipped with a BlueTec turbo-diesel engine, a percentage that is sure to climb following the debuts this fall of the 2014 E250 BlueTec Sedan and the refreshed 2014 Sprinter full-size van, each of which will share an engine with the GLK250 BlueTec.
Given the enhancements made to the GLK-Class for the 2013 model year and that the GLK250’s turbo-diesel engine is destined to become a workhorse in the Mercedes lineup, we accepted the automaker’s invitation to learn more about and to take a short test drive in the newest member of the BlueTec family.