2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Crossover Expands with Diesel Engine Offering

By Joel Arellano | January 17, 2012
While the automotive press and public has been enamored by electric vehicles and hybrids, ze boys of Bavaria have been quietly expanding their diesel offerings. Mercedes-Benz is the latest to add to its oil burners, offering a diesel engine model for its upcoming 2013 Mercedes GLK mid-sized crossover. The diesel GLK will be the sixth model by the automaker which includes the diesel Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan; GL SUV; R-Class crossover; and flagship S-Class. Mercedes-Benz USA's CEO Steve Cannon says a diesel GLK will help push the crossover sales into the "high thirties." Last year, the automaker sold slightly over 24,000 GLKs crossovers. Mercedes' GLK addition makes it currently the largest automaker to offer diesel options for its vehicles. Volkswagen offers four models—Jetta, Golf, Passat, and Touareg—while Audi and BMW currently offer two diesel models each here in the U.S. All the German automakers, though, promise to offer more diesel variation of their vehicles in the near future.
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