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, its 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.