The new generation GL-Class from Mercedes-Benz is the S-Class of its SUVs. Of course, it isn't loaded with features like the S, but this is one of the most
feature loaded SUVs, which one will find. The GL-Class follows the new Mercedes Benz design DNA that makes it look contemporary and voguish.
The GL-Class has new interior styling, and the instrument panel design is contemporary. The GL-Class gets a screen at the centre, with rectangular
air-vents on its side. Climate control is located below the music system and Mercedes-Benz calls its air-con as THERMOTRONIC, as can have different
temperatures in different zones. The GL-Class comes loaded with all the bells and whistles I will expect in a luxury SUV.
The space offered in the GL-Class is good in the first two rows, while the third is sufficient for kids. Even the tailgate is electrically operated. The
EASY-ENTRY system makes it easy to climb into the third row of seats from both sides. The backrests and seats in the second row of seats can be divided
separately in a ratio of 40:60 and folded down with little effort. The release handles for unlatching the backrests and bench seats are located on the side
of the respective outer seat in the second row of seats.
The GL-Class now has better power to weight ratio, despite the same engine and the drivability has always been good. The GL-Class comes with only one
diesel engine option, the 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 258 bhp at 3600 rpm and a peak torque of 619 Nm at 1600-2400 rpm.
This is highly refined engine with low NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels. The other engine option is the 5.5-litre V8 turbo engine, which is just
mind-boggling. This is the AMG spec GL-Class.
1) GL 350 CDI
2) GL 63 AMG