When Chinese car dealer Zhongsheng Group Holdings Ltd bought a 70% stake in Carlsson, we figured that it would only be a matter of time before we saw China-exclusive programs coming out of the German tuning firm. After all, part of the reason why Zhongsheng bought Carlsson was to give German automakers a little more flair in the Chinese market, which has been inundated with these models to the point that they’ve become a little too mainstream. Now, we have the very first program to be born out of that promise: the Mercedes CGL45 Royal Last Edition.

Based on Carlsson’s CGL45 program for the GL-Class, the 45 Royal Last Edition is an exclusive tuning program reserved only for the Chinese market. The CGL45 kit, which was already detailed in these pages, contains a bevy of components made out of high-quality PUR-Rim plastic. These components include wider wheel arches and a new chrome radiator grille with mesh inserts. There’s also an impressive lighting set-up that features a couple of double light units and LED daytime running lights on the front spoiler.

Under the hood of the German SUV, Carlsson gave the CGL45 Royal Last Edition’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine a comprehensive engine tuning, increasing the SUV’s output from the standard 265 horsepower and 457 lb/ft of torque figures all the way up to 310 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line 5.5-liter V8 model gets a new output of 435 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.

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  (473) posted on 08.17.2012

The collaboration of the German tuning company and Chinese programs often brings good results resulting on one of the best tuned and enhanced vehicles just like this Mercedes CGL 45 Royal.

  (442) posted on 08.15.2012

There are only a handful SUVs that Mercedes had made. And most of them did not make a good sale in the market. The same thing will happen with 2012 Mercedes CGL 45 Royal I think.

  (507) posted on 08.13.2012

It’s undeniably powerful and fast to all of you, but unfortunately those weren’t enough to impress me. It lacks in a stylish design.

  (596) posted on 08.13.2012

I don’t find it attractive, especially that they have it influenced by the Chinese

  (596) posted on 08.13.2012

It’s not that impressive for a Mercedes to produce this Royal having only 435HP. They must have it enhanced to be more teasing.

  (159) posted on 08.9.2012

That Chinese has a large influence on this latest Mercedes Royal by Carlsson. I hope they will release it only on China.

  (765) posted on 08.6.2012

This is an Amazing job done by Carlsson on the engine’s electronics resulting in a total of 435 hp and a peak torque of 442 lb-ft. Wow! This is a remarkable power boosted on performance! Thumbs up for Carlsson!

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