• Nov 18, 2010
If you're wishing and hoping for more diesel in the U.S., it looks like your best bet may again be placed on the Germans. Wards Automotive quotes Mercedes-Benz USA President Ernst Lieb as saying that the 2.2-liter Bluetec diesel will rest under the hood of the 2012 GLK. The oil-burning mill will likely cost a few thousand dollars more than the petrol-powered GLK, but fuel economy from the diesel four-pot will of course be vastly superior.

Mercedes reportedly won't stop with the GLK either, as the next generation C-Class will reportedly house the same Bluetec fuel-sipper. Further, the E-Class will once again receive diesel power in 2011 after a year off, rejoining the ML, GL and R-Class on the Bluetec buffet. Lieb says that diesels typically account for 12-20 percent of overall sales in the U.S. and the company is hoping to manage 15-20 percent of overall sales in the years ahead.

[Source: Wards Automotive]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The GLK with the diesel and Mercede's Off-Road Engineering package (which we don't get in the states) is my idea of a perfect small SUV. Luxury and comfort, but also good fuel economy and reasonable off-road ability. Definitely going to give it a look when it comes time to get rid of my Envoy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME! I'm REALLY excited and interested in a diesel C-Class! I will be chosing between that and the Audi A3 diesel for my next vehicle....it is going to be tough to choose, but the Mercedes dealership in my area is superior to Audi, so I'm leaning towards MB and this is great news! Bring on the diesels in America! As far as the 0-60 times, I live in the city and really couldn't care less...10 seconds is plenty fast, I'm more interested in fewer stops for fuel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A modern 2.2 Liter diesel should have about 220lbs of torque, which should be comparable to a modern 3.0L petrol V6. I have been actually wondering for a while why doesn't MB offer a diesel version of GLK. The petrol version has a terrible fuel economy. 21MPG on _highway_.
        • 4 Years Ago
        maybe if this was a Japanese diesel. This one is German, so 300lb-ft for the 220, 265 for the 250CDi, which has two huffers and the same displacement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        maybe if this was a Japanese diesel. This one is German, so 300lb-ft for the 220, 265 for the 250CDi, which has two huffers and the same displacement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      in the uk the nearest comparable version of the 328i is the 325i which is a 3.0 litre also and costs £27k(this includes all uk taxes so usa readers dont panic!). the 320d is available in various states of tune from about 115 to 180 hp badged 316d 318d and 320d respectively.

      The fuel economy for each version is similar although the 160hp 2.0 d ed is the most efficient. prices range from £24k to £28k. it should therefore be possible to have an entry level 3 series diesel undercutting the 6 cylinder 328i.

      so the glk diesel could possibly be priced at similar levels to the cheapest petrol version on sale. since at the moment neither bmw nor mercedes offers a 4 cylinder version of the 3 or the c it would make sense to have entry level 4 cylinder diesel versions of each car and not bother selling any 4 cylinder petrols. these could hopefully be cheaper or at least similarly priced to the 328 etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FINALLY.

      Please be an efficient four cylinder diesel. Even if it is the six cylinder, I can see this replacing my '03 CR-V. My father has a '09 Bluetec ML and he can average over 30MPG on road trips. The ML isn't a lightweight at all, and if it can manage that high of mileage, I'd love to see what the GLK and a oil burning four can do.

      I might be one of a few, but I love the styling of the GLK and I love the way that they drive.

        • 4 Years Ago
        How did I miss where it says it will have the 2.2? Reading comprehension fail for me.

        Whatever, that is still awesome news. If my fathers diesel ML can manage 30MPG from the relatively inefficient six, I'd like to see what this four cylinder is capable of.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I second Luis comment. About BMW brought a 320d to this side of the pond. Even if the diesel option is more expensive than a 328i, with Federal Tax credits it should even out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME! I'm REALLY excited and interested in a diesel C-Class! I will be choosing between that and the Audi A3 diesel for my next vehicle....it is going to be tough to choose, but the Mercedes dealership in my area is superior to Audi, so I'm leaning towards MB and this is great news! Bring on the diesels in America! As far as the 0-60 times, I live in the city and really couldn't care less...10 seconds is plenty fast, I'm more interested in fewer stops for fuel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sorry those figures are for the c class sedan might be a bit less in a GLK!.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like where this trend is going....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully the trend is towards a sporting BMW 320d with 6-speed manual and upper 30s mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like the GLK. My father-in-law is looking for a new luxury small ute for my mother-in-law and I pointed him towards the GLK and he fell in love with it.

      It really reminds me of the old XJ Cherokee.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Diesels make a lot of sense in SUV's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Knowitall - you don't live up to your tag !!!!

      My Japanese 2.2 ctdi has 250 lbs ft and the newer I-dtec has 280 lbs/ft

      Also the 2.2 Merc engine is available with up to 200 hp and 370lbs ft !.
      0-60 7 secs top speed 150mph mpg 55 (45 usa) combined euro cycle is that not having your cake and eating it too !!
        • 4 Years Ago
        well aware of the fact that the Mercedes 2.2 comes in a version with 200ps and 500Nm- I believe I even made mention of it in my post. As for your Japanese 2.2 diesel- what I said was that 220lb-ft might be typical of oil-burners from the rock, but high-end (VW will sell you a motor with as little power as you might like) Germans are 300+ in that displacement.
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