British Columbia is blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, from the coastal mountains to the majestic Rockies; we have a good thing going. What the European Alps have is a sense of history that Canada we will have to wait to establish. Mercedes Benz chose the French skiing village of La Clusaz, about a forty minute drive from Geneva Switzerland, to showcase their upcoming 2013 GLK compact crossover. The stunning scenery, complete with postcard-perfect ski chalets, snow covered mountains and manicured lakeside roads was a fitting backdrop, and just the kind of driving many GLK owners will hope to encounter. Whether buyers choose to go skiing or just take a their crossover to work and back, this latest 2013 GLK is more capable, refined and now features a fantastic 4-cylinder diesel motor.
For 2013 the GLK gets what is called a ''facelift''. Not a total reinvention of the product but a nip-tuck to help it stay fresh for a few more years. With sales of the current GLK growing last year, in fact the GLK is the best selling luxury compact crossover in Canada, this new model should get even more attention. The front receives a new bumper, grill and lower air intakes, headlight treatment; including LED accents inside the lighting cluster that Mercedes calls a ''torch'' design. The back has been modified as well with a new bumper that frames two chrome exhaust tips and LED taillights with ''light conductors'' to highlight the design of the rear lighting. Mercedes hopes that this new approach makes the GLK sportier and more dynamic to the eye, even though they retained the edgy, boxy design that has proven to be popular. For 2013 the exterior also comes standard with new 19-inch wheels, body coloured side skirts, optional AMG trim on the new diesel and three new shades of white, gray and silver. 20-inch wheels are optional.