The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class will start production in January 2013. The price range for this model begins at £59,465 and goes up to as high as £91,680 for the AMG 63 model. The GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport has a length of 21mm and height that’s 10mm taller than its predecessor. Meanwhile, its boot capacity has increased by 60 litres.
It is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine, which develops 258bhp and 457lb ft of torque, leading to a zero to 60mph acceleration time of 7.9sec and a maximum speed of 137mph. The new model has a better fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figure than the previous generation, with a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency to 35.3mpg and a 14% cut in CO2 emissions to just 209g/km.
The automaker also improved its standard equipment levels. It has been equipped with bi-xenon headlamps with daytime running lights, AMG body styling, 21-inch AMG alloys, privacy glass, electric sunroof, air suspension and Park Assist.
The 5.5 litre GL63 AMG has an output of 557bhp and 531lb ft of torque, and it can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4.9 seconds with a 155mph top speed. The seven-seater delivers 288g/km of CO2 and returns 25mpg on the combined cycle.
The AMG variant features flared wheel arches, 21-inch alloys, up-rated brakes and a sports exhaust system with chrome quad tailpipes. The changes to the interior include an AMG sports steering wheel, gear-shift paddles, AMG sports seats with front and second row heating and massage functions.
The model is made more comfortable and safe with several highlights. For example, the two models will feature Crosswind Assist, which applies the brakes to keep the car on course on a windy day. Also offered on the GL for the first time is Collision Prevention Assist.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is highly recognizable as a typical Mercedes-Benz SUV family member, even at first glance. The new interpretation of the Mercedes-Benz GL’s first generation is impressive with its sporting elegance and pronounced dynamic strength.
At the front, the GL’s design is dominated by a typically upright radiator grille that sports its central star, as well as by its headlights that sport a clear, high-quality design. This is the new Benz LED signature. Specifically, the Intelligent Light System headlamps featured by GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY provide an exclusive, innovative, and high-quality impression. The difference is in the light wave conductor for its position lights, the optional Night View Assist PLUS, and the LED technology indicators.
The car’s daytime LED running lamps are integrated in the bumper’s chrome clasp. And under the radiator grille is the big underbody panel in chrome. Both of these round off the front’s self-confident appearance.
Meanwhile, the side’s well-balanced proportions (5120-mm length and 1850-mm height) as well as its long wheelbase (3075 mm) highlight the GL’s on-road emphasis. At the same time, however, the short body overhang, both at the front and at the rear, along with its good ground clearance, hint at the GL’s capability for off-road travel.
Additionally, the rear’s 2-piece LED rear lamps, which utilize light wave conductor technology, the bumper with a modern "wing design," the large chromed underbody panel area, and the large roof spoiler, all complete the GL’s appearance as befits its social status as a luxurious full-size SUV. And, for the very first time, there’s an extensive AMG outside sport package that’s available for GL customers who consider it essential for their vehicle to possess a dynamic and sporting appearance.