The New Mercedes Benz GL-Class - Intelligent Solutions For Excellent Safety | Part Two

Mercedes Benz GL-Class

Intelligent solutions promote excellent safety

The GL-Class makes full use of the advantages of its unibody monocoque construction, combining optimum strength with intelligent lightweight steel design. The result is excellent passive safety. Combined with the front and rear deformation zones, the high-strength occupant cell forms an efficient base for the occupant protection systems that include:

With the standard PRE-SAFE preventive occupant protection system, a world first in this market segment, Mercedes Benz has raised safety to an even higher level. The system's most striking features are passive and active safety systems networked with each other. PRE-SAFE utilises the sensors in the dynamic handling control systems such as ABS, BAS (Brake Assist) and ESP and optimises the protective function of the passive safety components in potential accident situations. The GL-Class also takes the issue of pedestrian protection to a new level. The front section includes precisely defined ample crumple space between the body and the major assemblies underneath. In conjunction with impact zones that are designed to yield, this design provides a high degree of protection both for pedestrians and cyclists.

The GL-Class meets all the requirements of a state-of-the-art, luxury SUV, or even redefines them on a higher level. Yet the hallmark Mercedes off-roader genes such as superlative robustness, ruggedness and long-term durability have not been compromised. It is not for nothing that the model designation echoes the legendary precursor of all Mercedes Benz off-road vehicles - the G-Class. The evergreen off-roader is now entering its 26th year of production and will continue to be marketed alongside the new GL-Class.

Outstanding handling on and off-road

4MATIC - the permanent four-wheel drive system from Mercedes Benz – provides the GL-Class with superior handling whatever the conditions. Together with the standard-fit AIRMATIC air suspension, the precise speed-sensitive power steering and the ADS Adaptive Damper System also fitted as standard, the imposing GL-Class (wheelbase 3075 mm) handles impressively. Handling when pulling a trailer is no less impressive thanks to the ESP component TSA (Trailer Stability Assist). TSA defuses critical driving situations involving a trailer before they become dangerous by precisely applying the brakes, while AIRMATIC provides fully automatic level adjustment.

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Published : 10/12/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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