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    2013 Mercedes GL-Class Is a Three Row S-Class
    2013 Mercedes GL-Class Is a Three Row S-Class

    Unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the second generation GL-Class is now available at the M-Benz dealerships across the country.

    While the automaker claims that the 2013 GL-Class SUV is all-new, it appears to be only a part of the truth. Indeed, the latest GL has little in common with its predecessor, but on the other hand, it looks rather like a longer version of its ML-Class platform buddy.

    The 2013 GL has got a bit wider and taller body in order to provide more room for all seven passengers. Currently, it’s the largest Mercedes SUV in the market, but despite this fact, according to the German manufacturer, the NVH characteristics (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) of the new GL-Class are as good as those of the S-Class.

    Available engine options include the V6 GL350 BlueTec and two twin-turbo V8s found in the GL 450 and GL550. The GL350 produces 240 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque, which is 30 hp and 55 lb-ft more than in the previous generation; the GL450 gets 362 hp and 406 lb-ft, up 27 hp and 67 lb-ft; the GL550 delivers 429 hp and 516 lb-ft, a raise of 47 hp and 127 lb-ft.

    The list of options has been extended as well. Among the highlights are the On- and Off-Road Package and Active Curve System intended to provide added stability and steady control in various conditions.

    The base price of the GL350 is $63,305 with destination, which is some $3,4K less than its close rival the Cadillac Escalade. The GL450 has a base price of $64,805, while the price tag of the kingly GL550 starts at $87,805.

    Mercedes Releases GL-Class Grand Edition
    Mercedes Releases GL-Class Grand Edition

    The German manufacturer is now offering a luxury Grand Edition variant to its GL-Class models. The Grand Edition is available for GL 350 BlueTEC 4Matic, GL 350 CDI 4Matic, GL 500 4Matic, and GL 450 4Matic.

    Having plenty of fresh exterior and interior changes, the seven-seater includes 20-inch wheels, two-tone leather seats, wood trim with black ash accents. GL-Class Grand Edition comes with the AIRMATIC air suspension, off-road ABS, Direct-Steer system and Adaptive Damping System, Hill-Start Assist, and Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) as standard equipment.

    The standard Grand Edition GL features a radiator grille with high-gloss louvers, dark-tinted headlamps, redesigned front bumper with LED daytime running lights, separated exhaust tailpipe trim, heat-resistant infrared-reflecting laminated glass, and running boards with rubber studs.

    The automaker will ask $112,400 for the GL 350 CDI 4Matic, $114,100 for the GL 350 BlueTEC, $139,000 for the GL 500, and $128,750 for the GL 450 cars.