When the 2013 Mercedes GLK is launched in the United States this fall, it will reportedly be offered with a diesel engine.

When the 2013 Mercedes GLK is launched in the United States this fall, it will reportedly be offered with a diesel engine.

While we've heard these rumors before, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon has apparently confirmed these plans with Automotive News.

Cannon declined to mention what engine would make the transatlantic trip, but previous reports have suggested it will be the 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel from the GLK250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. This means we can expect it to produce 204 PS (150 kW / 201 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.

Thanks to the new variant, Cannon expects GLK sales will climb into the "high 30,000" range compared to the 24,310 units they sold last year.

2013 Mercedes GLK to offer diesel engine in U.S. - report