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2013 Mercedes GL-Class

The Mercedes GL-Class entered production in 2006 and six years later, is still rolling around in its first generation. However, for 2013, Mercedes is launching a new generation of the SUV, with an improved exterior look and new, more fuel efficient engines. The new GL-Class made its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show and will go on sale in the U.S. in September 2012.

The new GL-Class has a more powerful and sporty appearance, thanks to its new upright radiator grille with a central star and new headlamps with LED technology. The daytime running lamps also feature LED technology and are integrated in a chrome insert in the bumper, while chrome insertions have been placed under the radiator grille.

The new GL-Class will be offered in three models: GL350 BlueTEC, GL450, and GL550. The base version is powered by a 240 HP V6, while the other two models are powered by V8 engines, with 362 HP and 429 HP.

UPDATE 10/16/2012: Mercedes USA has unveiled a new video featuring a pretty cool overview for their latest GL-Class SUV. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes GL-Class.

Exterior

Mercedes GL-Class

The new Mercedes GL measures 5120 mm in length, 2141 mm in width, and 1850 mm in height. The SUV has received a new upright radiator grille with central star and new headlamps with LED lights. The daytime running lamps also feature LED technology and are integrated in a chrome insert in the bumper, and beneath the radiator grille the generously sized chrome-look underguard completes the self-confident appearance of the front end.

At the rear, the GL received two-piece LED tail lights that feature fiber optics, a large roof spoiler, and a bumper in a contemporary "wing design" with a generously chromed underguard. The GL-Class also features an extensive AMG Exterior Sports package which is being offered for the first time. This package adds AMG front and rear aprons, special wheel-arch flarings, and 53.3 cm (21-inch) AMG 5‑twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.

Interior

Mercedes GL-Class

For the interior, Mercedes has added fine materials and lovingly crafted details, optimum ergonomics, and a generous amount of space. The model has received new trims in various wood and aluminum variants, silver chrome controls, and upholstery crafted in breathable ARTICO man-made leather.

The new GL-Class now offers more room for the occupants on all three rows of seats. It also features an EASY-ENTRY system on both sides – also available with electric operation on request – for access to the third row of seats.

Engine Line-up

Mercedes GL-Class

For 2013, the GL-Class will be offered in three trim levels: GL350 BlueTEC, GL450, and GL550. The base GL350 is powered by an extensively re-engineered V6 engine that delivers a total of 240 HP and 455 lb-ft of torque - or an increase of 30 HP and 55 lb-ft over the outgoing model.

The GL450 features a twin-turbo direct-injection V8 motor that delivers a total of 362 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque, or 27 HP and 67 lb-ft more than its predecessor. For the GL550, the V8 engine delivers a total of 429 HP and 516 lb-ft of peak torque - an increase of 47 HP and 125 lb-ft of peak torque over the previous model.

The engines feature direct-injection and are paired with the new seven-speed automatic transmission.

Prices

The 2013 GL-Class goes on sale in the U.S. in September 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

Mercedes GL-Class

The list of competitors for the GL-Class includes models like the Audi Q7 and the Land Rover LR4 . The Q7 is preparing to enter its second generation for the 2013 model year. It will be lighter compared to the current model and will be offered with a new range of engines. The LR4 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 375 bhp and 375 lbs/ft torque, which gives the LR4 a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.5 seconds.

Mercedes GL-Class
LOVE IT
  • Improved appearance
  • Better engines
  • Better equipped interior
LEAVE IT
  • No performance figures just yet

34 comments:

If I’d have to look at its component one by one, I won’t like it. However, these features made up its nice built.

I love this. Even without knowing its performance’s details, this has allured me.

To be honest, I see nothing special in this. It’s just like the other SUVs. The components may have varied, but they’re nowhere near outstanding.

@GeekCars Your point is exactly why I prefer this more. I’ve always loved luxurious SUVs, and I hope this one will go beyond my standards.

This GL class is much bigger and efficient than the GLK Class. My excitement cannot be contained anymore; I want to see this in the New York Auto Show!

Ah, this is one vehicle which could give your family an enjoyable ride. I see its beauty beyond the camouflage.

It actually looks good even with camouflage, unlike the others. I can tell that it will be equipped with a more dynamic engine.

Many people would wait for the launching of this car in the market. The impressive outlook will be suited for the family, and the best quality of engine prior the customer. Add even something new in the interior design.

It’s a good thing that it has a two impressive engine option which could truly give a nice and awesome speed on this SUV. Moreover, I would also wait for the official details and outlook of it.

This is really a teaser! I can’t wait for the official outlook of this vehicle, and I would truly hope that they would use a boost engine that is only suited for this kind of vehicle.

This one looks so outdated! Is that already its final outlook? Anyway, I can say that I would really wait for this one, I hope they should enhance the appearance of it and even the engine of this SUV.

Even though it didn’t have an impressive design, I must say that it still oozing with car appeal and I also find it so fun to drive.

I would agree with you. It is really a good looking one. Driving this kind of car will
surely be relaxing. I bet that many people will come to its debut and of course, we also must wait
for its top edition.

I’m really excited about it!!!
Even with this "cover" it looks fantastic!
The main change (that I can see) are the fornt lighting units, which lined up with mercedes’s new designing line (see: mercedes c-class 2011).
As befits to mercedes, another good looking ride!

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