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Mercedes-Benz to Launch New GL-Class

The largest SUV Mercedes has to offer and one of the most luxurious around the new GL Class promises new standards in comfort, dynamics, safety, elegance and efficiency. It is according to Mercedes the S-Class among off-road vehicles.

There are three models on offer: the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC with a V6 diesel engine, the V8 petrol engine GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY and the new GL 63 AMG with its V8 Biturbo petrol engine. It is likely that only the V6 diesel will make it to our shores!.

In addition to the state-of-the-art engine technology, an extensive BlueEFFICIENCY package supports greater economy. This includes the new seven-gear automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS, as well as the standard ECO stop-start function. The intelligent generator management, electric power steering and reduced rolling resistance of the tyres also have a fuel-saving effect.

In comparison with its predecessor (GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC), the weight of the new GL-Class has been reduced by 90 kg due to the extensive use of efficient construction methods.

Inside the GL-Class spoils its passengers with an interior which comes up to the first class standards of a luxurious saloon. Up to seven passengers are able to enjoy the outstanding seating. The elegant interior design features high-quality materials and great attention has been paid to details.

As expected with Mercedes Benz there is a host of safety options including the drowsiness detector ATTENTION ASSIST. Functions such as load recognition or STEER CONTROL reduce the strain on the driver in critical borderline driving situations by supporting the driver with a steering momentum on the steering wheel if the vehicle is oversteering. One innovation and highlight in the new GL is the standard Crosswind Assist which supports the driver with deliberate braking when there are strong crosswinds, increasing the feeling of safety. Easy parking is guaranteed with the Active-Park assistant. The system is able to detect suitable parking spaces and steer the GL automatically into the best possible position for parking.

The GL is well-equipped for going on tours off the beaten track. The standard package includes permanent four-wheel and a special program for off-road driving. There are six driving programs fitted to the GL and this has greatly improved the vehicle dynamics and driving safety so that the most suitable drive control for extremely varying driving conditions both on the road and going cross-country is always available.
More details and pricing will be available later in the year.

29th July, 2012

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