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“Little did we realize just how badly the GL would bully the other 10 competitors. At the end of our testing, we’d narrowed the field down to three potential winners: the GL, the Ford Escape, and the Nissan Pathfinder. But in truth, it was no contest.”
“The real point, however, is how totally and completely the new GL dominates this segment. Calling it best in class is the definition of an understatement. It’s the best the class has ever seen.”
“At first glance against our six criteria — Performance of Intended Function, Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, and Value — the Mercedes nails five of them. Value is, of course, the sticky wicket. But as stated earlier, when you start comparing apples to apples, the GL is no more expensive than the vehicles it directly competes against.”
Read the full article at Motor Trend Online.
“Its interior styling is more luxurious than the previous-generation model, with one of the nicest improvements being the massive piece of burled wood covering the dash from edge to edge.”
“Most of the judges liked the styling changes, and everyone agreed the GLK is an exceptionally fun vehicle to drive. It’s quick, nimble, and confidence-inspiring, with exceptional braking.”
“For our 2013 Sport/Utility of the Year competition, the overwhelming majority of the competitors were car-based. There was one that wasn’t though, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, a vehicle that in the words of technical director Frank Markus, “did more of what we expect an SUV to do.””
Good luck to both competitors! The results will be available on October 15th.
Our very first 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Classes just arrived! They are stunning! I can’t wait to take one for a spin! We are expecting 3 more before the weekend. Call ahead to make sure we have one available to test drive!
We are pleased to announce the release of the Model Year 2013 GL450 and GL550 models effective immediately! They should begin to ship to dealerships in the next few days! Call ahead to make sure there is one available to test drive!
The Build Your Own feature for the 2013 GL-Class is now live at MBUSA.com! This will allow you to match your perfect engine with colors, options and packages until you have it just right! The gas versions are still scheduled to be released in September with the diesel to follow in October. There are a few special order options that do not show on the MBUSA.com site. You can see them on my options post from earlier this year.
Order soon if you want something very specific! There vehicles are already in high demand!
This is a very informative First Drive by Motor Trend as they had all three versions of the 2013 GL-Class available at the same time!
“It’s already the best-selling three-row luxury SUV in the U.S., and with the latest generation model, it’s now the unquestioned technological leader in its class.”
“The new big Benz is also bursting with electronics that the competition can’t match, which mind everything from handling to safety to comfort.”
“The Mercedes diesel has smooth and linear power delivery, maybe more important it’s quiet, and the lower frequency NVH from the diesel is less noticeable in the cabin. It didn’t feel slow at all until we got in the other two GLs.”
“As other first tests have proven in the past, it is more about power density than peak numbers. The two relatively small turbos on the Mercedes spool up fast, making peak torque by 1500 RPM and delivering it all the way to 4000 RPM”
“The GL550 isn’t just faster than the competition — it takes three-row SUV acceleration to a new level of bonkers. I am a bit scared of what soccer moms will be able to do in the upcoming 550-horsepower, 560-lb-ft GL63 AMG.”
“The real magic, though — one that can’t be expressed in numbers — is the ride and handling mix. All three of our testers were equipped with Mercedes active suspension, which includes constantly variable damping, air springs, and an Active Roll Cornering System that utilizes a hydraulic coupling in both front and rear anti-roll bars to control roll stiffness. In Comfort mode, the big GLs are one of the best-riding SUVs on the road, with a ride very similar to the S-Class.”
Read the Full Article at Motor Trend Online.
The Power Easy-Entry function for the second row seat is not available for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. The option code has been removed from all of the vehicles scheduled for production. Both sides of the rear seat will still tumble to allow access to the third row and the manual mechanism is easier to use than the previous generation. We do expect the option to be available starting with the 2014 model year.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was at the dealership yesterday for our pre-launch training. This was my first look at the redesigned GL-Class and it was everything I expected it to be! The GL-Class looks sleeker, sportier and a lot more luxurious. There are strong similarities to the all-new ML-Class and I love everything about that vehicle!
This particular vehicle is a 2013 GL350 Bluetec in Arctic White with Grey MB Tex Interior. It has the Premium 2 Package, Driver Assistance Package, Lighting Pacakge, 3-Zone Climate Control, Rear entertainment system and the optional two-tone 20″ Wheels.
You can see the controls in for the 3-zone climate control on this vehicle. This is the factory rear-seat entertainment system that allows for DVDs to be played from the front or the rear of the vehicle.
The 2013 GL-Class is scheduled to arrive Spetember with the GL450 and GL550. The GL350 Bleutec will follow in October and the all-new GL63 AMG in the first quarter of 2013!
This is a 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450 in Steel Grey…with a Paddle Board! My customer added the roof rack basic carrier (MSRP $300 from your local parts department) to the roof of the GL450 last week in anticipation of a paddle board trip. I think it makes the GL look very sporty! Thanks for sharing Chad!