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Model year 2017 is going to be a great one! If you haven’t been cruising the Future Models Page at MBUSA.com get over there and start planning! The S-Class Cabriolet is sure to have a wait list, the C-Class coupe is a knockout and the new GLS-Class is going to get me a million GL-Class trade-ins! Order early!
I know many of you will be taking to the roads this weekend for a great Memorial Day Roadtrip. In honor of that here are a few pictures my cusomers have sent me from the road recently.
The GL63AMG Goes West!
The SL63AMG Travels Europe!
If you get an epic Mercedes roadtrip picture send it along or tag me on Instagram @benzblogger!
“New 3.0L V6 biturbo engine in GL450 – same hp, same torque, improved Fuel Economy!”
The current 2014 GL450 is listed at 362 horsepower and 406 lb/ft of torque. That is a heck of a V6!
So, is this the same engine that will be in the new ML400? No word yet…but it seems likely!
Here is some 2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV info I just picked up:
I think they like it!
“We just finished our second quarter with the GL and put almost 7,400 more miles on it. The truck is clearly a keeper.”
“Through the first two quarters, all-day comfort has been unparalleled. For those with aging hips and backs, its seat heaters are therapeutic. It can run with everything else on the road and deliver a genuine 22 miles to the gallon, at speed and loaded to the hilt.”
“Road manners remain superb, now with more than 15,000 miles on the ticker. Creature comforts are first-rate for all aboard. In fact, one staffer said it’s almost wrong to classify it a truck: “Its amenities are limo-licious for airport runs or interstate jaunts.” The rear seats rake, and there are rear environmental controls so that the A/C up front need not affect those being chauffeured. Rear-headrest video screens can keep kids of all ages quiet, and the setup features cupholders aplenty, too.”
“At this mileage pace, the GL350 Bluetec is right up there with our long-term fleet’s mileage leaders. Though in denial, we do realize it will leave us eventually. What a sad prospect. Ol’ “Blue” has become a friend, a confidant, a trusted soul. It hasn’t disappointed us when asked to do something with and for us. We will miss it terribly when it’s no longer in the garage. Good thing we have two quarters to go.”
“The truth is that while there is a price premium (roughly $5,300 on average) associated with the initial purchase cost of diesel vehicles, they typically get 30% better gas mileage and flaunt superior torque numbers and reliability ratings. The automotive analysis firm Vincentric estimates that driving a diesel car will save $2,117 in fuel costs over one year assuming annual rate of 15,000 miles.”
“But the purchase of something special, like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Diesel, is financially justifiable based on the total cost of ownership: the GL350 Diesel costs $8,315 less to own than its GL350 cousin.” (I think they mean GL450 cousin)
Read the full article online at Forbes.com
The Mercedes-Benz factory in Alabama is a marvel – A little bit of Germany right here in the southeast, assembling some of the best cars in the world! Here is a look behind the scenes with AL.com. There is a video, pictures and an interesting article.
They even made a joke:
“Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa County plant is having a major growth spurt right now, as it prepares to launch production of the C-Class sedan next year. But there won’t be any trips to the off-road test track for that model.
“You could go 70 percent downhill – once,” Grossmann joked. “Then it’s done.”
Yet anotherr jaw-dropper! This GL63 AMG was ordered for a client but I like to get pictures of the rare interiors whenever possible.
Combining two of our most exclusive things…designo and AMG!
Our very first 2014 GL63 AMG has arrived! It is looking for a good home. Do you need 550 horsepower in your family hauler?
2014 GL63 AMG
The first of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Classes have arrived at the dealership. They are nearly identical to the 2013 models…but there are a couple of additions. The heated/cooled cupholders are part of the Premium 1 Package on the GL350/GL450 and standard on the GL550. I had seen this option few times in the past but never with the additional blue for cool and red for heat lighting scheme! It would look even more amazing at night with a clear container of liquid being cooled. Someone send me a picture…we can’t keep a GL on the lot long enough to take a picture at night!