We tested the Mercedes Benz GL-Class Review Mercedes Benz GL-Class Review back in 2008, now details are being released of the all new 2012 model, which will go on sale in the UK in early 2013.
The Mercedes Benz GL-Class is targeted at Range Rover buyers, although it can seat 7, which Land Rover’s flag ship SUV cannot accommodate. It certainly is not a small car with dimensions of 5120mm long, width 2141 mm and a height of 1850mm.
There will be a choice of two power units – the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC and the GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY with a charged, direct-injecting BlueDIRECT petrol engine. On average the new model range undercuts the preceding model series by 19 per cent when it comes to consumption figures.
Mercedes Benz GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
With SCR technology and AdBlue injection it already undercuts the EU 5 emissions standard which is planned for 2014. With a consumption of 38 mpg (NEDC overall), the diesel model returns a 20 per cent improvement over its predecessor. With a CO2 figure of 192 g/km the GL 350
BlueTEC achieves the best value in its power category. In spite of the considerably reduced energy requirement, performance is significantly increased. Whilst the maximum output of the first-generation GL 350 BlueTEC was 211 hp and the maximum torque 540 newton metres, the new model now boasts 258 hp and 620 newton metres.
Mercedes Benz GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY
The GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY has an NEDC consumption of 25 mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient V8 petrol model in itS-Class. A GL500 Bi-Turbo charged 4.6-litre BlueDIRECT engine with 408 hp is used here. The new generation returns an 18 per cent improvement in efficiency and offers the best classification currently possible: EU 5.
Both units are mated to a new seven-stage automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS which works in conjunction with the ECO start/stop technology.
We will let you have more in-depth appraisal when we have the information later in the year.Published 4 April 2012