2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class: Up Close

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

Followed by a 11-piece brass band trumpets Maroon 5 "Moves Like Jagger" (because it is more nimble?), Rolled its Mercedes-Benz GL-Class full-size SUV in New York. Calling the United States "by far the most important market for the GL," Mercedes sales chief Joachim Schmidt said the GL surpasses its predecessor fuel consumption by an average of 19%. It hits dealers in September.

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The Society reserves its predecessors juicy profile, but the new LED headlights add a few lines of characters without SL roadster whimsical. Cabin materials are good., With comfortable seats and a vinyl-stitched dashboard top of the show car A 4.5-inch color screen sits between the instruments and gauges pulled the Mercedes Comand system from the dashboard controls the familiar console button. The automaker still has the GL chintzy lock strains update, however. They would look cheap in a Scion, and they populate many Benzes.

As before, the third row has exceptional space, so you do not have to negotiate with the second row seat for room – what they do not anyway, since the seat tracks fixed. The second row has a good head and leg room, but how many rear seats, it sits low to the ground. The Power Tumbling second row also has power retractable headrests. As of late GL, the front seats power forward to clear enough room to tumble for the seats. Nice.

Leave it to Mercedes for an extra charge on top of the genuine leather seats and dashboard in what is sure to be a $ 60,000-plus SUV. The automaker MB-Tex leatherette is standard. (This means that if you get takeout in Houston, you would have to say to the passengers, not to spill their Tex-Mex on the MB-Tex.)

Expands cargo volume behind the third row to 16 cubic meters -. It was 14.3 cubic feet in the last GL-Class – with a maximum volume to 93.8 cubic feet This is a huge improvement (10.5 cubic feet!). During the last GL, and the Benz is in the cargo-hauling empire of the Infiniti QX56, which has 95.1 cubic meters The Cadillac Escalade just under 110 cubic meters volume, though.

A hodgepodge of security options – Collision Mitigation, tracking apparatus, 360-degree cameras, drowsy driver detection and crosswind compensation – holds with Mercedes' reputation for safety. Kudos to the car manufacturer for the equipment of the outer seats in all three rows with pre-tensioners, most cars use it only for the front seats.

Mercedes expects noise levels on par with the library-quiet S-Class. The automaker excellent Airmatic suspension should provide similar comfort and optional active stabilizer was that with agility over top-heavy competitors like the Escalade and Land Rover Range Rover fit.

GL could help all the fuel that it can get. The outgoing car ranged from 12/17 mpg city / highway in the GL550 to 17/21 mpg in the diesel GL350 Bluetec, thanks to turbo V-8s in the GL450 and GL550, replace the last year usually the engines sucked. Full EPA figures are in preparation.