Mercedes-Benz has always been the forerunning of luxury. Sure, Audi might have them beat with some performance, but Mercedes-Benz has the easily-recognizable brand name. Mercedes just introduced the 2013 GL Class. For the luxury SUV buyer, the GL Class offers a large amount of room, a lot of power, a lot of safety, and does it in style. Read more after the break.
Exterior: The exterior of the GL has been redesigned, offering more angular lines and bold curves than the previous models. The front fascia has been remodeled the most, making a huge difference when compared to the previous models. However, it looks a little clunky and chunky. Definitely not nimble and sleek like the SL65 counterpart. But, that is probably not what you are looking for in the GL; you want that status that you drive a big luxurious SUV.
However, Mercedes has chosen aluminum for the hood, front fenders, and also the suspension links. This reduces weight and improves both fuel economy and power.
Interior: Mercedes-Benz has always had sort of a lackluster interior. It has always been black, full of leather, and that’s about it. However, the GL Class offers the best interior we have seen out of Mercedes since! Rich with wood accents, the interior has comfortable seats that have many ways to adjust them.
Power: Here is where Mercedes doesn’t lack. Sure, it isn’t the AMG version, but this GL class surely knows how to “Move Like Jagger.” The model range begins with the GL350 BlueTEC 4Matic, which gets its power from a 3.0-liter turbodiesel good for 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Next up is the best-selling GL450, which gets a revised, gasoline-fueled, 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 now rated at 362 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
Tech/Safety: The 2013 GL series comes with substantial safety improvements as well. Standard equipment now includes Collision Prevention Assist, which warns drivers of an impending collision and prepares Brake Assist for the shortest stopping distance; Attention Assist, which combats drowsy driving and Crosswind Stabilization, which makes the GL easier to manage in strong crosswinds.
Our Opinion: Although pricing has yet to be announced, we thought that the interior was the best thing Mercedes could do to the GL class. We aren’t huge fans of the exterior styling of the GL, but to each his own. We are used to the more aggressive styling offered by the AMG division, as well as their rival, Audi. Don’t expect this GL to be cheap, we estimate that if you get the top engine and some goodies, you can punch through 100K. To this we say: BMW X1 anyone?
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