2011 Frankfurt Preview: Carlsson CGL45 based on Mercedes-Benz GL Grand Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 3, 2011

For the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, the tuners at Carlsson will be displaying a program for the Mercedes GL Grand Edition named the Carlsson CGL45. This conversion comes with revisions in both styling and performance, featuring an aerodynamic package and improved power and torque. When taken separately, the car has received wider wheel arches, a front spoiler and front spoiler lip. It also got a rear skirt as well. These were all shaped in the wind tunnel.

The tuner also gave this SUV a new chrome finished radiator grille that showed off Carlsson’s leaping horse logo and LED daytime running lights positioned in the front spoiler lip. The overall look is enhanced with a set of 22-inch Vredestein wheels covered in high-performance tires, and a stainless steel exhaust system that featured four oval end pipes.

The tuner also improved the interior by making use of a significant amount of the best-quality nappa leather, Alcantara, wood and stainless steel. Included in the kit are aluminum pedals, a signed plaque on the central console, and embossed headrests that have the Carlsson logo and illuminated door sills.

Carlsson boasts that its modifications have resulted to a 15% boost in performance. The 3.0-litre V6 in the CGL45 now has an output of 310hp and 700 Nm, a considerable jump from the 265hp and 620 Nm offered by the standard Mercedes GL Grand Edition.

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