New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic.

The carmaker that introduced diesel passenger cars to the world in 1936 is adding to its lineup of U.S.-destined diesel models in 2013. The Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic is set to launch in conjunction with the model’s facelift for the 2013 model year.

The GLK becomes the sixth diesel Mercedes in the Sindelfingen-based automaker’s U.S. lineup. Built in Bremen, Germany, the entry-level SUV is being imported with a 2.1-liter four-cylinder, developing 190 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The EPA has not yet released fuel economy figures, but it is rated in Europe at 36.1 mpg (6.51 l/100 km) in the combined EU cycle (city and highway). It is only available with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

The GL350 BlueTec is also all-new for 2013. The 2013 GL provides a more muscular appearance than its predecessor, as well as several of Mercedes-Benz’s latest technological advances. Notable new safety features include Collision Prevention Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Active Blind Spot Assist. (For an in-depth look at these features, see our six-month review of the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec).

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Though the company’s Alabama-produced large sport utility vehicle remains true to its predecessor’s lines and seven-passenger capacity, the redesign provides a welcome refinement of the interior, along the lines of the smaller ML350 BlueTec, which carries over to 2013 unchanged.

The GL350 BlueTec also brings an updated version of the automaker’s venerable diesel V-6. The engine’s output is increased from 210 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque to 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque.

The E350 BlueTec, which is part of our long-term test fleet, and the S350 BlueTec will carry over without change. The R350 BlueTec will be no longer be sold in the U.S.

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