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Everyone is reviewing the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec right now! It is a great combination of efficiency, power and good looks. Here is a roundup:
My First GLK250 Bluetec Owner
“I did not expect to be this impressed! I knew I would like it…but this is even better than I hoped for!”
“After two hours on some of southern Michigan’s twisting rural roads the car topped 35 miles per gallon.”
“The engine is so refined and insulated from the cabin that it’s hard to detect any “dieselness.” Brakes are responsive, the steering steady and sure, the body control good. Nothing seems to upset the serenity of the driving experience, much like the unwavering steadiness of its big brother GL.”
“Moving the GLK250 Bluetec at a fairly snappy pace is a new 2.1-liter, four-cylinder twin-turbodiesel mated to Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission. The package delivers 200 horsepower and an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque and Mercedes estimates 0-60 acceleration at 7.9 seconds.”
“The sophistication of the GLK’s ride and handling are impressive. The GLK handled southeast Michigan’s moonscape roads with amazing smoothness, damping out the majority of the cratered surfaces even at higher speeds.”
“The advantages of diesel engines are numerous, and most American drivers have no clue about the upsides. Such power-plants are more efficient than standard engines, improving mileage and overall energy output. They’re more reliable because they don’t need a high powered electrical ignition system. They run cooler, cleaner and longer – all while being easier to supercharge.”
“The GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic starts at $38,590, which falls in the middle of the $37,090 GLK350 and $39,090 GLK350 4Matic. Our fully optioned tester rang in at $50,485, and before you guffaw, know that an Audi Q5 Hybrid starts at $50,900 – that’s without a single option box ticked.”
“Please come drive the GLK250 yourself if you have doubts. It is amazing! I love it!”
The 2013 GLK250 Bluetec has been listed in our order banks with a base price of $99,999 for months now. Those 9′s are really just a place holder until there is actual pricing to fill in. Today the GLK250s have real prices!
Base MSRP $38,590 plus $905 Destination and Delivery
There is no official release date yet but we are hoping to see them at the dealerships by early May.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec will be out first 4-cylinder diesel when it is released this spring! Details have just been published in the Future Models section at MBUSA.com.
“…We recently spent a few weeks with both cars to find out which green machine does the better job of combining fuel-sipping efficiency with the sky-high levels of refinement expected in an S-Class.”
“Diesel-powered Benzes have come a long way since then, and the S350 Bluetec is a fine example. Its turbocharged V-6 is completely modern and clean-burning, sending 240 hp and a whopping 450 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic and Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.”
“According to our data, the S350 and S400 are tied in almost every test evaluation.”
“Around town, the hybrid feels plenty strong, and its stop-start system is one of the smoothest applications we’ve experienced.”
“The Bluetec, however, has already proven how well it shines out on the open highway. Last summer, editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie drove an S350 from L.A to San Francisco and averaged 29.2 mpg on the 913-mile trip.”
Find out who wins and read the full review at Motor Trend online.
Mercedes-Benz USA has just opened the order banks for the 2013 GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic! This will be the 2.2 litre Turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine making 190 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque! Based on the information I have at this time the options and packages are similar to the 2013 GLK350s. No pricing yet. The expected release date is in February. Order now and be the first on your block with a Mercedes-Benz 4 cylinder diesel!
It’s here! This is our first 2013 GL350 Bluetec!
The 2013 diesels have been released! They should start shipping to dealerships in the next few days and arrival time will depend on trucking. Luckily my dealership is near the factory so we should see them soon!
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is getting a refresh this summer and the diesel version is in the line-up! I have been expecting it at the end of 2012 but all of the latest information is now saying early 2013. I am a huge fan of our diesels, I love the 4-cylinder engine in the C250 and I can hardly wait for these two things to combine in the perfect small SUV!
“It’s not quite as quick as the 3.5-liter, but the diesel is still plenty fast and it performed just as admirably during our mountain road runs. Its quiet rumble is refined enough to fit well in a luxury vehicle, but the muted sound still reminds you it isn’t a gas engine.”
“While the diesel is down on horsepower compared to the gas engine, its tradeoff is way more torque. It seems perfectly matched to GLK, almost like it was designed for the SUV from the start.”
“The GLK250′s 2.1-liter turbodiesel has been around in Europe since 2008, where it has powered the C- and E-Class, and even the S-Class.” (people always ask me this…is it a NEW new engine or just new to the US?)
“The diesel offering and the overhaul of the interior make this vehicle more competitive than it ever has been before…”
“…all staffers who drove it made note not only of the car’s amazing return on the gallon but also how much they enjoyed the performance along the way.”
“If you need further proof that a turbodiesel is the ideal powerplant for a big luxury car, look no further than the E350 Bluetec”
“Still, one might question whether that real-world mpg is good enough to eclipse a $1,200 price premium and, arguably, the incrementally higher maintenance fees associated with keeping the diesel-combustion process relatively clean…If you consistently achieved as high an average as we did during our time in the diesel E-class, the break-even point shrinks to just 3.2 years.”
“When two tons of luxury sedan can get more than 30 mpg indicated in mixed driving with no extension cords, weird clunks or CVTs needed,” one editor explained, “I have to ask why so many manufacturers (and so many Americans) are wedded to the idea of hybrid/electric propulsion.”
Read the full review at Autoweek.com.
“The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 4MATIC BlueTEC is the best long-distance cruiser money can buy in America. Period.”
“So why is the S350 4MATIC BlueTEC such a compelling car? Because it feels so much like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class used to feel — effortlessly relaxed and comfortable, and utterly bulletproof. It has the languid majesty that’s been missing from some of the more frenetically powerful S-Class models of recent years.”
“We averaged 72 mph for a 500-mile stint out of L.A. and got 29.2 mpg, and over a total of 913 miles that included about 120 miles of urban running and a fast 50-mile blast along one of our favorite backroads, where at times we cruised at 100 mph, the big Benz returned 26.1 mpg.”
“While an AMG S-class would be all sturm und drang through the twisties, staccato bursts of brute thrust and savage braking accompanied by a bellowing V-8 soundtrack, the S-class diesel flows down the tarmac with studied nonchalance. Which, when you think about it, is exactly what a large luxury limousine should do.”