The next generation Mercedes Benz GL-Class SUV 7-seater will go into production in January 2013, with prices starting from £59,465.
The outgoing GL-Class is a mighty beast but the new one is even larger – the length has increased by 21 mm and the height by 10 mm, more importantly CO2 emission have been reduced by 14 per cent for the GL 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with fuel consumption improving by 15 per cent.
There will be two models at the launch – the diesel Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport and the GL 63 AMG petrol model.
Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport - £ 59,465
This is probably the most sensible of the two models if you are at all concerned by fuel consumption. Mercedes quote a combined figure of 35.3 mpg from the 2,987 cc diesel engine. The output is 258 hp with a hefty 600 Nm of torque – acceleration is brisk with 0 – 62 mph taking 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph.
The GL-Class has seven-seats facilitated by an Easy-Entry System, with the third row electrically folding and rising, allowing for easier access. Safety features include Crosswind Assist, which works with the ESP sensor system to automatically intervene by braking to keep the car on course after a strong gust of crosswind. In addition, Collision Prevention Assist, which gives the driver a visual and acoustic warning if the set safety distance from the vehicle ahead or station obstacle narrows
Standard equipment includes Intelligent Light System with bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights; AMG bodystyling; 21” AMG light-alloy wheels; privacy glass; an electric glass sunroof; AirMATIC air suspension; Parktronic with Active Park Assist; and COMAND Online with media interface and DAB digital radio tuner.
Optional equipment includes Parking Package with a 360° camera (£675); panoramic sliding sunroof with interior sun blind (£920); On- & Off-Road Package, which gives the driver a choice of six programmes to adapt the vehicle configuration to the current surface (£1,985 GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport only); designo Exclusive leather upholstery (£6,845 for GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport and £4,645 for GL 63 AMG); and Driving Assistance Package that includes Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane-Keeping Assist and Distronic Plus with Pre-SafeBrake (£2,350).
Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL 63 AMG - £91,680
Powered by 5,461 cc petrol engine it produces 557 hp and 760 Nm of torque, which is quite a force to be reckoned with. As you would expect epfromance is up on the diesel model, 0-62 mph comes up in 4.9 seconds and the top speed is 155 mph but of course fuel consumption is around 23 mpg on the combined cycle.
Over the GL 350 you gain flared wheel arches with 21” AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in Titanium Grey; AMG high-performance braking system; Active Curve System with AirMATIC, which compensates the roll angle of the vehicle body when driving round bends; and an AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes.Published 25 November 2012