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Topic: GL-Class
All-New 2020 GLS450 and GLS580 for the US Market – Coming Late 2019!

GLS captains chairs

Expected to arrive “late this year” the 2020 GLS-Class is sure to be a best seller! Look at all of these improvements! You should be ordering now if you want to get one early!

  • New engines -4.0L V8 biturbo engine with EQ Boost and 48-volt onboard electrical system (GLS 580) and 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost and 48-volt onboard electrical system (GLS 450)
  • New 6-seat option with Captain’s Chairs (both 6-seat and 7-seat configuration available as standard)
  • All-new intelligent suspension, E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL
  • 4MATIC® variable torque on demand All-Wheel Drive now available
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with Voice Control and optionally available MBUX Interior Assistant
  • Revised dimensional concept (Increased length, width, wheelbase, track width)
  • Emotional and dynamic exterior SUV design with power domes on hood
  • New Carwash function enables the car to be prepped for entry into a carwash with the press of a single button
  • Large roof spoiler, wide shoulders and two-part taillamps
  • Black wheel arch claddings
  • New 19″ – 22″ wheels (GLS 450); new 23″ wheels (GLS 580)
  • Illuminated running boards with robust stainless steel inserts
  • Distinguished, chromed underride guard in SUV-specific design
  • New exterior paint colors
  • New, progressive design in interior with new-generation steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons, two grab handles on center console, widescreen dual display with 12.3″ Digital Instrument Cluster and 12.3″ multimedia display with touchscreen and new generation Touchpad in center console, trim elements in open pore woods and new 64-Color Ambient Lighting
  • SUV-specific storage compartments designed especially for off-road driving
  • Executive Rear Seat Package and Executive Rear Seat Package PLUS

Standard Equipment:

  • 7-seater or 6-seater with Captain’s Chairs
  • 12.3” Digital Instrument Cluster and 12.3” Touchscreen Multimedia Display
  • Burmester Surround Sound System
  • LED Intelligent light system headlamps and LED taillamps
  • 9 USB-C ports
  • 19” wheels (GLS 450), 21″ wheels (GLS 580)

This is just a few highlights from the press release about the car. There are a lot more details and pictures to come. The all-new GLE should give you a very good idea of the styling and the technology. I am guessing the GLS580 will become even more rare than the GLS550 has been. I cannot wait to have captain’s chairs available for my customers!

Comparing the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 and the 2016 GL450

2017 GLS vs GL450

The refreshed 2017 GLS450 arrived this week and I know you want to see the differences! The GLS is on the left and the GL is on the right. These cars are the same color with similar equipment.

I made a video too! (Please subscribe to my YouTube channel!)

Here is a side-by-side of the interior changes. The color is strikingly different between the Ginger Beige in the 2017 and the Almond in the 2016. (I’m sorry that the steering wheels are upside down.)

GL vs GLS

So, there you have it! The 2017 GLS450 vs. the 2016 GL450. An evolution…

2017 Mercedes-Benz Release Date – C-Coupe, GLS

2017 Mercedes coupe

2017 C300 and C300 4Matic – Currently scheduled for “May”

2017 GLS450 and GLS550 – Currently “early April”

Model Year 2017 is on the Way!

Future Models

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!

Memorial Day Road Trip Anyone?

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!

GL63 AMG

GL63 AMG

The SL63AMG Travels Europe!

If you get an epic Mercedes roadtrip picture send it along or tag me on Instagram @benzblogger!

2015 GL450 New V6 biturbo Engine – 362 Horsepower, 406 lb/ft Torque

I just received an update on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450 and the latest information says:

“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!

2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV Updates!

2015 ML, GL, G and GLA

Here is some 2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV info I just picked up:

GLA-Class

  • Dealer Ordering Info expected in April
  • Managed by the same team as the CLA-Class so expect similarities

GLK-Class

  • Model Year 2015 is the last year for the current body style
  • 10% of all GLK-Class sales in the US are the diesel variant

M-Class

  • ML250 bluetec replaces the ML350 bluetec in August
  • ML400 replaces the ML550 in August – Last Chance for the big V8!
  • ML400 is a bi-turbo V6 with great power and great fuel economy. Long list of standard features.
  • 15% of all M-Class sales in the US are the diesel variant

GL-Class

  • GL450 gets the bi-turbo V6 to replace the current V8
  • 21% of all GL-Class sales in the US are the diesel variant

G-Class

  • Jade Green added
  • G63 outsold the G550 55% to 45% in 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec – AutoWeek Long Term Test Review

I think they like it!

mercedes GL diesel

“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.”

Read the full review at Autoweek online.

Forbes Loves a Mercedes-Benz Diesel Too!

“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

 

Mercedes-Benz in Alabama – AL.com Article

off-road mercedes

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.”

alabama gl550

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