by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Facelift goes out for a test run on the Ring

Launched back in spring 2008, the GLK-Class is destined to undergo a substantial facelift that's intended to keep the car attractive until a replacement generation is premiered sometime after 2015. The latest spy photos showcasing a camouflaged prototype of the SUV come from the Nurburgring.

The GLK is being readied for a mid-cycle revamp. Scheduled for release in the second semester of 2012, the medium-sized SUV from Stuttgart will display a new front fascia featuring slightly revised LED headlamps, differently styled radiator grilles with either two or three chromed slates depending on the version and retouched intakes and bumper. While the side remains solid and boxy, with no visible changes at all, designers will operate several changes to the tail lights, which appear to feature LED technology and consequently a new arrangement for the braking lights, indicators and reverse lamps. The cockpit should not be given any major rehaul, but an increase in the quality of the assembly and materials used as well as new colour combos are expected. Engineers will fit the 2013 GLK with the latest assistance technologies developed by Mercedes-Benz, such as the ATTENTION ASSIST, Blind Spot Assist and PRE-SAFE. Also, the new GLK facelift will be optionally fitted with the COMAND Online infotainment system, which provides in-car internet access to the driver and occupants. Engines will become more powerful and efficient with the aid of the BlueEFFICIENCY package; the high-end variant, the GLK 350, will be powered by the new 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 gasoline unit with up to 306 hp. The basic price list could look the same as for the current model, but versions with richer specifications might increase pretty much the final tag.

Photos: SecretNewCars

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