2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Grand Edition: luxury specifications in a stylish SUV

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 23, 2011

Mercedes Benz accomplished a great feat and was able to combine off-roading and luxury features in an exclusive model – the GL-Klasse Grand Edition. This model, which boasts of luxury specification for off-road terrain, is fitted with a set of special light-alloy wheels in himalayas grey metallic finish (covered in 275/50 R 20 tires). It also comes with two-tone leather seats that have a new design and wood trim in black ash.

The GL Grand Edition features a radiator grille with black high-gloss louvres, dark-tinted headlamps, a newly designed front bumper with integrated LED lamps, several metallic paint finishes, heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass and separated exhaust tailpipe trim.

This luxury off-roader has a bespoke atmosphere and has been fitted with two-tone leather seats (black/porcelain or black/maroon) that feature door panels, special piping and contrasting stitching, armrests and dashboard with double lapped felling, black designo fabric for the roof liner, a wood and leather steering wheel, velour floor mats and brushed stainless steel and stainless steel door sills.

PARKTRONIC is featured in all special edition models. The GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC also uses SCR exhaust gas technology that enables the car to develop 211 hp, while offering an average of 9.0-liters of diesel per 100 km.

The engine lineup includes the 265 hp V6 diesel unit in the GL 350 CDI 4MATIC, the 340 hp 4.6-liter V8 petrol in the GL 450 4MATIC and the 388 hp 5.5-liter V8 petrol on the top-of-the-line GL 500 4MATIC. The GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY is priced from €80,206 while the GL 500 4MATIC can go as high as €99,127.

The Mercedes-Benz GL Class Grand Edition has a design on par with that of the S-Class. Seating up to seven passengers, this Grand Edition offers spaciousness and comfort. It comes with features such as special light alloy wheels, two tone leather seats (black and porcelain or black and maroon). Nappa leather is offered as an option. It also comes with distinctive piping design and contrasting stitching. Its steering wheel is available with wood and leather in black ash.

To ensure comfort, the GL Class Grand Edition has outstanding features like a redesigned front bumper, dark tinted head lamps and a radiator grille with black high gloss louvers. What makes the Grand Edition significant are its features that offer the best in terms of comfort and luxury along with modern technology and design.

The velour floor mats have been lettered “Grand Edition“ and it has comfortable headrests designed for both the driver and the front passenger. Stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs ensure a great experience in the heart of luxury. Door sill panels which are made with stainless steel also add to the luxurious factor.

The GL Class Grand Edition is fitted with AIRMATIC Air Suspension, Adaptive Damping System, 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a Direct Steer system. The upgraded AIRMATIC air suspension allows ground clearance of up to 307 millimetres. Whether on the road or off it, this vehicle is agile and delivers superior power and maximum smoothness for the passengers. The Grand Edition is equipped with PARKTRONIC and is equipped with powerful economical engines.

The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class “Grand Edition” exudes more luxury and comfort from both its exterior and interior.

This unique edition of the SUV offers spaciousness and comfort equivalent to a flagship saloon. The “Grand Edition” has special highlights such as the custom light-alloy wheels fitted with 275/50 R 20 tyres, the redesigned premium two-tone leather seats and the black ash wood trim. All of the GL-Class engines are available on the “Grand Edition”, and it also includes a range of innovative top-of-the-line equipment.

From the front, the “Grand Edition” looks elegantly distinctive, with tinted headlights, an engine grille with polished black slats and a new front fender featuring daytime running LED lamps. The wheels are made of light alloy and coloured Himalayas grey metallic, which is also available in a more emphatically elegant lustrous finish. All windows are heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass. Other styling details include metallic finishes, aluminium-finish running boards with rubber studs and split exhaust pipe trim.

The GL-Class’ generously roomy cabin comfortably seats seven people in a classy ambience befitting a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, and is in fact similar to the S-Class. The "Grand Edition" has an even more elegant interior with a lot of premium materials. Special details include the two-tone leather (or nappa leather) seats in either black/porcelain or black/maroon, with a distinctive stitching and piping pattern.

Additional exclusive design details on the GL-Class "Grand Edition" include the door centre panels, armrests and dashboard instrument panel with two-layer folded hide and trim, and a wood and leather steering wheel coloured black ash.

The rest of the premium embellishments include the driver and front passenger comfort headrests, ambient lighting, black designo fabric roof liner, velour floor mats with prominent stitching and "Grand Edition" inscription, "Grand Edition" centre console badge, brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs and stainless steel door sill panels.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Grand Edition - An exclusive, luxury specification for off-road terrain

Even more visually expressive and with an even more elegant and comfortable interior, Mercedes-Benz presents the new GL-Class “Grand Edition”. This distinctive, new special edition of the off-roader comes as standard with a level of spaciousness and comfort that is on a par with a luxury saloon. Features reserved exclusively for the "Grand Edition" designation include special light-alloy wheels with 275/50 R 20 tyres, high‑quality, two-tone leather seats in a new design, and wood trim in black ash. The special Grand Edition model also offers an array of high-quality additional equipment and is available with all the engines in the GL-Class line-up.

The exclusive front end of the “Grand Edition” is unmistakeable: dark-tinted headlamps, a radiator grille with black, high-gloss louvres and a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lamps define the special model. Light-alloy wheels in himalayas grey metallic – with a high-sheen finish also available as an option – add further exclusivity. There are other visual highlights too, such as metallic paint finishes, heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass all round, aluminium-look running boards with rubber studs, and separated exhaust tailpipe trim.

The interior of the GL-Class accommodates up to seven occupants in comfort with an exceptional level of spaciousness, creating the luxurious atmosphere you would expect from Mercedes-Benz – in this case comparable to the S-Class. For the “Grand Edition”, Mercedes-Benz has refined the interior further, especially through the use of stylish materials. Exclusive appointments include two-tone seats (black/porcelain or black/maroon) in leather (or in nappa leather as an option) with a special piping design and contrasting stitching.

Likewise only available on the “Grand Edition” are door centre panels, armrests and dashboard instrument panel with double-lapped felling, as well as trim and a wood/leather steering wheel in black ash.

Other high-quality appointments: comfort headrests for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, roof liner in black designo fabric, velour floor mats with contrasting stitching and "Grand Edition" lettering, "Grand Edition" badge on the centre console, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs and door sill panels in stainless steel.

Powerful and economical engines

The “Grand Edition” models are equipped with PARKTRONIC and any one of the available engines. The V6 diesel engine in the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC utilises highly efficient SCR exhaust gas technology, outputs 155 kW (211 hp) and delivers its maximum torque of 540 Newton metres at 1600 rpm. On average this engine consumes 9.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. In the GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY, the V6 engine outputs 195 kW (265 hp) and generates torque of 620 Newton metres. It consumes 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

Superior power delivery and maximum smoothness are the particular benefits of the two petrol V8 models. These models also comply with the EU5 emissions standard. The 5.5-litre V8 engine in the GL 500 outputs 285 kW (388 hp) and delivers 530 Newton metres of torque. At 6.5 seconds, its acceleration time from a standstill to 100 km/h is almost worthy of a sports car. On the GL 450, the V8 petrol engine has a displacement of 4.6 litres, outputs 250 kW (340 hp) and generates maximum torque of 460 Newton metres. It takes 7.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h.

Agile and safe both on-road and off-road

With innovative 4MATIC all-wheel drive, AIRMATIC air suspension as standard, the accurate Direct-Steer system and the Adaptive Damping System ADS, which also comes as standard, the commanding GL-Class offers impressive handling, guaranteeing excellent ride comfort coupled with outstanding active safety. While the GL cuts an imposing figure on the asphalt, it also has genuine off-road credentials. The modified AIRMATIC air suspension enables ground clearance of up to 307 millimetres. Thanks to its low-range ratio and limited-slip rear-axle and centre differentials, the standard Off-Road Pro technical package opens up considerably more possibilities on challenging terrain. Other electronic dynamic handling control systems such as Off-Road ABS, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) and Hill-Start Assist also make life easier for the GL-Class driver.

Prices of “Grand Edition” special models incl. 19% VAT:
GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 80,206 euros,
GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 81,396 euros,
GL 450 4MATIC 91,868 euros,
GL 500 4MATIC 99,127 euros

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