Mercedes-Benz wants to boost the sales of its GL SUV with a new base gasoline engine. As a result, the German manufacturer announced that it will offer the GL400 version, a new variant powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that generates 333 hp and a maximum torque of 480 Nm. This is the same engine used by the brand new Mercedes-Benz SL400.
Using a seven-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL400 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7 seconds, while the top speed achieved is 240 km/h or 149 mph. Fuel consumption remains low, at 9.2 liters, while CO2 emissions are 215 g/km.
In Germany, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL400 will have a price tag of 76,160 euros. The GL is also available with a bigger V8 petrol engine and it costs 95,973 euros. The GL500 is the most powerful version of the standard GL as its V8 engine delivers an impressive 435 hp.
Still, if you want even more, Mercedes-Benz offers the GL 63 AMG, powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine that generates 557 hp and 760 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the GL63 AMG hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.
From your first glance, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is recognisable as a classic member of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV range. The first generation is reinterpreted to be extremely striking with its marked strength and sporty grace. In the front, we see GL's classic vertical radiator grille with centre star and the crisp, first-rate headlamp design, a new Mercedes-Benz LED hallmark.
Specifically, the standard Intelligent Light System headlights on the GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY offer a select, high-quality, and inventive impression. The distinction is in the positioning light’s light wave conductor, LED indicators, and the functional Night View Assist PLUS that comes as an available option. The daytime running lights, also using LED technology, are combined in the bumper’s chromed clasp.
And under the radiator grille, the ample chrome underbody panel completes the confident look in the front. The level dimensions of the silhouette (5120 mm long, 1850 mm high) and the lengthy wheelbase (3075 mm) emphasise the automobile's on-road prominence, but simultaneously, the shortened overhang in the front and the rear along with the car's abundant ground clearance indicate its aptness for off-road journeys.
The back with its two-pieced LED lamps with light wave conductor tech, a sizeable roof spoiler, a bumper with a modern wing design, and the large chrome underbody panel finish its look as it suits the social standing of this luxury full-sized SUV. This is the first instance of a wide-ranging exterior AMG sport package being available for such GL buyers who find it ever more vital for their automobile to have an athletic and vibrant look.
Passive safety: Complete protection for every passenger
Complete protection possibility comes from the passenger passive protection systems along with the electronic crumple zone delivered from the assistant systems and the intelligently constructed body. Adjustable dual-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger, driver knee bags, driver and front passenger side bags (thorax/pelvis bags combined), and window bags for all three seat rows are included in the standard package.
The combination of the available thorax bags in the backrest of the adjustable folding seat in the middle row lets the airbag be located in the best position possible no matter how the backrest is positioned. Also, there are three-point seat belts for each of the seven on-board passenger seats.
In addition, included in the standard package are the pyrotechnic inertia reel tensioners and constant belt force-limiters along with front electronic reversible belt reel-in tensioners, inertia reel tensioners and single stage force-limiters on the outer seats of the middle row and on the single rear seats. The GL-Class also has the best protection possible when it comes to more fragile road users like bicyclists and pedestrians. Another highlight is the active bonnet that springs to action.