by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Facelift snagged on U.S. soil

Mercedes-Benz launched the GLK range back in the spring of 2008 as a direct counterresponse to the BMW X3 compact SUV. Inspired by the boxy shape that instantly reminded them of the rugged, but elegant and solid lines of the G-Class, many people acquired a GLK as their personal, everyday-use car during the three years that passed since its premiere. In order to keep up with the overall trend, the German constructor will give its compact 4x4 model an essential makeover towards the end of 2012. General modifications will include some visual tweaks to the front fascia and the back end, as well as some important updates to the dashboard, such as a new, three-pointed steering wheel borrowed from the CLS, better quality materials and possibly a new arrangement for the HVAC and multimedia control panels on the center console. The new GLK Facelift will be standardly equipped with the BlueEFFICIENCY package, which together with the efficient gasoline and diesel engines, comprises a set of distinct measures to improve aerodynamic levels, fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The high-end variants will be the GLK 350 CDI BE with a 265 hp V6 diesel unit and the GLK 350 BE with a 306 hp direct-injection V6 petrol powerplant. Among other upgrades, the 2013 GLK-Class will be one of the safest places on Earth where you could find yourself thanks to the multitude of proven assistance systems, such as the ATTENTION ASSIST, the PRE-SAFE and the Blind Spot Assist - and the list goes on.

Check out more spy shots after the jump!

Photos: Motor Authority
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