New Mercedes GL-Class is bigger and more powerful, yet more frugal

Wednesday, 4 April 2012 3:59 PM

Mercedes GL-Class

The-new-for-2012 Mercedes GL-Class is lighter, more powerful, and more frugal. But can the big 7-seater SUV take the fight to the Range Rover?


Making its debut at the New York Motor Show today is the new big, second-generation 7-seater SUV from Mercedes, and it’s looking to nudge the likes of the Range Rover for luxury and performance.

Improvements have been made from the wheels up in a bid to take on the best in the fullsize SUV market, and these first official pictures reveal powerful, latest evolution Mercedes styling – including a front grille you could see from space! – with square and certain bodylines encasing an interior big enough for seven to ride inside. Quilted leather and plenty of wood make an opulent appearance inside, too.

The body and chassis are new and there’s been much engineering work to try and match the off-road-ready Mercedes with an on-road driving and comfort experience on a par with the brand’s best big road cars.

The new Mercedes GL-Class is lighter – which always helps with every kind of positive driving experience – with 100kg of excess (steel) fat trimmed from the body panels and some chassis parts. Aluminium is definitely the fashionable metal in auto-world right now.

Much eco-work has also taken place under that new, lighter aluminium bonnet with a 3-litre V6 turbodiesel motor or a 4.6-litre V8 petrol motor that both make more power, but with efficiency gains of up to 20 per cent over the outgoing model. A 7-speed transmission has a wide choice of the best eco-ratios.

Full specs and prices are yet to be confirmed, and this big slice of SUV is expected in the UK at the end of this year, just ahead of an all-new Range Rover in 2013. D’oh! 

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