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Topic: GL-Class
Motor Trend First Drive – 2013 GL350, GL450, GL550

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.

GL550 Diamond White

Power Easy-Entry for GL-Class Delayed!

power second row not available

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.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class at Atlanta Classic Cars!

2013 GL350 GL450 GL550

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.

2013 GL350 20 inch wheels

2013 GL350 with optional wheelThe running boards are now slightly narrower so you won’t dirty your pants as you exit the vehicle when you step over them.

2013 GL350 GL450 Grey interiorThis is the new MB-Tex with perforations. It looks very much like leather.

GL350 GL450 rear entertainmentYou 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.

2013 GL-Class folding second rowBoth sides of the second row seat now fold and tumble. The handles for this operation are much larger and there is an option for this to be power.

2013 GL350 cargo spaceThe cargo area for the new GL-Class is now a little wider to accommodate golf clubs! This is enough cargo space for all of the training materials needed for the whole state of Georgia!

2013 GL350 GL450 GL550 Panoramic roofThe Panoramic roof is now optional for the 2013 GL-Class.

2013 GL350 distronicThis vehicle has the Lighting Package. You can pick it out based on the upper ribbon of LEDs and the headlamp washing doors below the lights.

2013 GL350 GL450 GL550 hideen exhaustThese tail lights are beautiful! They are also LED so they are faster than  conventionaltail lights, giving the person behind you as much as an extra .1 seconds to stop!

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!

Roof Rack on 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450!

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!

2012 GL450 roof rak

Mercedes SUV roof rack

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG to Arrive Early 2013!

Mercedes GL-Class amg

The 2013 GL63 AMG has been officially announced! We expect to get ordering details within the next few week and the first models should be delivered early in 2013!

mercedes AMG SUV

What we know so far:

  • premium, designo leather for all 7 seats
  • AMG sports front seats feature double stitching in a contrasting color
  • AMG badges in the backrests of the front seats
  • front and rear trim elements in a Silver Shadow finish
  • integrated running boards
  • quad trapezoidal AMG exhaust tips
  • AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine
  • 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 (est) seconds
  • ECO Start/Stop System
  • 21″ AMG wheels
  • standard 4-Matic
  • 3 different transmission modes (Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual)
  • adaptive sports suspension with AIRMATIC package

Order early or you’ll have to wait to get your hands on this beauty!

iPad Docking Stations for Mercedes-Benz Vehicles – iPad 1 and iPad 2!

We just installed our first iPad docking stations in a 2012 GL450! For this particular client we installed an iPad 2 dock behind the driver seat and an iPad 1 dock behind the passenger seat.

Mercedes Benz iPad brackets

Here are the empty brackets. They are very slim and I hardly noticed them while I was driving the car.

iPads for Mercedes-Benz GL450

iPads and USB charging cables are not included. The cables were $5.99 at my local Fry’s Home Electronics.

iPad integration for Mercedes-Benz

The iPads slide into the bracket so that the headphone jack, volume controls and plug line up with the openings in the bracket. The iPad 1 is fatter than the iPad 2 and will only fit in the specific iPad 1 bracket. The iPad 2 will fit in the bracket for the iPad 1 but is more stable in the bracket that is specific to the iPad 2/3.  

Mercedes-Benz iPad integration kit

The iPads can be tilted up or down to adjust the viewing angle.

Mercedes-Benz iPad integration

The brackets can be rotated vertically for reading.

Mercedes-benz iPad integration kit

Our first experience with the docking stations was great! The system was easy for the technicians to install, looks great in the vehicle and offers our customers another way to entertain back seat passengers! You can listen from the iPad out loud or through headphones. Also, vehicles with Bluetooth Audio Streaming should be able to pair to the iPads and stream through the vehicle sound system. Each docking station costs about $400 plus the cost of installation. That is a pretty good savings over the $1950 Rear-Seat Entertainment system, considering you can take these screens with you!

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350, GL450 and GL550 – Colors, Options and Packages

Mercedes-Benz 2013 GL550 SilverThe second generation 2013 GL-Class is scheduled to arrive in the US in September. I am really excited about the new exterior and interior, the improved fuel economy and some of the new options! Everything is preliminary at the point and subject to change but here is what we know so far!

  • GL350 Bluetec 4Matic – 240 hp, 455 lb/ft torque – 11% Better Fuel Economy – Arrives October 2012
  • GL450 4Matic – 362 hp, 406 lb/ft torque – 13% Better Fuel Economy – Arrives September 2012
  • GL550 4Matic – 429 hp, 516 lb/ft torque – 18% Better Fuel Economy! – Arrives September 2012

New Standard features:

  • Rear view camera
  • Power liftgate
  • Crosswind Stabilization
  • AIRMATIC air suspension
  • Adaptive Brake Technology with HOLD function, Brake drying, pre-charging, hill start assist
  • Central Controller with NTG 4.5, 7-inch head unit display
  • Manual EASY-ENTRY for both sides of 2nd row seat
  • 115-volt outlet in 2nd row seat


  • Black
  • White
  • Cinnabar Red (Pictured below) (starting with July production)
  • Obsidian Black
  • Steel Grey
  • Iriduium Silver
  • Pearl Beige (starting with July production)
  • Dakota Brown
  • Diamond White (limited)
  • Lunar Blue

GL450 Cinnabar Red Mercedes-Benz


The interior of the new GL-Class is a big improvement. It looks plush and luxurious! The MB-Tex interiors are now perforated for comfort but still do not allow for Ventilated Seats. The Leather and designo interiors are not perforated unless Ventilated seats are ordered. The designo interiors are STUNNING! I am very impressed!

  • GL350/GL450 – MB-Tex Standard, Leathers $1620, designo $4800
  • GL550 – Leather Standard, designo $4100
  • Black – MB-Tex and Leather
  • Almond – MB-Tex and Leather
  • Grey – MB-Tex and Leather
  • Almond Beige/Black – Special Order Leather
  • Grey/Black – Special Order Leather
  • Auburn Brown/Black – Special Order Leather
  • designo Porcelain with Dinamica Headliner
  • designo Auburn Brown with Dinamica headliner
  • designo Black with Dinamica Headliner

* Click on Thumbnail Images to enlarge *

2013 GL450 almond Black two-tone leatherMercedes-Benz GL450 grey black two tone leather2013 GL450 Mercedes-Benz auburn leather two toneGL450 diamond porcelain leatherMercedes-Benz diamond stiched black leatherMercedes-Benz diamond stitched Auburn Brown Leather


Premium1 Package: GL350/GL450 $3500, GL550 Standard

  • COMAND with Hard-Drive Navigation
  • Enhanced Voice Control
  • 10 GB Music Register
  • 6 CD/DAV changer
  • SD Card Slot
  • SiriusXM Radio, Traffic and Weather
  • iPod/MP3 Media Interface Cable
  • 10-way power passenger seat with 3 position memory
  • Autodimming mirrors
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Power steering column
  • Multi-Color Interior Ambient Lighting
  • Front Illuminated Door SillsMercedes-Benz Polar Lighting

Premium 2 Package: GL350/GL450 $5850, GL550 Standard

  • All components of Premium 1 package
  • harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system
  • Soft Close Doors (Like the S-Class!)
  • Rear Lockable Storage Compartment
  • Keyless-GO

Lighting Package: GL350/GL450 $1290, GL550 Standard

  • Bi-Xenon Headlamps with Active Curve Illumination
  • Adaptive High Beam Assist
  • Headlamp Cleaning System

Appearance Package: GL450 only $1340

  • 20″ Twin 5-spoke Wheels
  • Chrome Exhaust Tips
  • Illuminated Running Boards

2013 Mercedes-Benz 2-" wheelmercedes GL tailpipesMercedes-Benz illuminated running boards

On/Off Road Package: GL450/GL550 $2850

  • Adaptive Damping System
  • Front Underride Protection

2013 GL450 GL550 off road package

Active Curve System: All $3950 (Limited Availability)

  • Adaptive Damping System
  • Roll Stabilization

3-Zone Automatic Climate Contol: GL350/GL450 $1450, GL550 Standard

  • Rear AC control and additional vents
  • Mist Sensor

Lane Tracking Package: GL350/GL450 $850, GL550 Standard

  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist

Driver Assistance Package: GL350/GL450 $2950, GL550 $2100

  • Distronic PLUS with Pre-safe Brake
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist

Parking Assist Package: GL350/GL450 $1290, GL550 $320 – Delayed Availability on All

  • Parktronic with Active Parking Assist
  • Surround View System

Mercedes-Benz GL450 cameras


Parktronic with Active Park Assist – GL350/GL450 $970, GL550 Standard

Wood/Leather Steering Wheel – GL350/GL450 $590, GL550 Standard

Multi-contour driver/passenger seat with massage and comfort headrest – GL350/GL450 $1100, GL550 Standard

Heated/Ventilated front seats (requires leather) – GL350/GL450 $570, GL550 Standard

Panoramic Sunroof – GL350/GL450/GL550 $1090

mercedes-Benz GL-Class Pano roof

Heated Steering Wheel – GL350/GL450/GL550 $225

Trailer Hitch (7500 lbs) – GL350/GL450/GL550 $550

20″ Twin 5-spoke wheel – GL350 Only – $750

Power Easy-Entry 2nd row (delayed) – GL350/GL450/GL550 $400

2013 mercedes-benz GL second row folding

power easy entry GL

Illuminated Running Boards – GL350/GL450 $670, GL550 Standard

Rear Seat Entertainment – GL350/GL450/GL550 $1970

2013 GL450 rear DVD

Rear Heated Seats – GL350/GL450/GL550 $620

Keyless-Go – GL350/GL450 $650, GL550 Standard

Special Order Options:

Adamptive Damping System – GL350/GL450 $800, GL550 Standard

2nd Row Seat Pass-through – GL350/GL450/GL550 $160

Rear Sunshades – GL350/GL450/GL550 $380

Night View Assist Plus (requires lighting package) – GL350/GL450/GL550 $1780

Bang & Olufson Sound System – GL350/GL450/GL550 $6400

MB-Tex wrapped lower dash – GL350/GL450/GL550 $300

Black headliner (only for black MB tex and leather) – $0

2013 GL450 front

Mercedes-Benz new GL-Class

2013 new Mercedes-Benz GL550 GL450 GL350

The first GL450s and GL550s have been scheduled for production. Order now to make sure you get the options and colors you want! The vehicles should arrive in early September.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Video – Inside Line

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class – Debuts this week!

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class will debut this week at the NY International Auto Show. These preview pictures have recently hit the internet and I can’t resist posting them…It looks great! All of the details for colors, packages and options are not yet available but I we will see new colors (Cinnabar Red) and new features (power folding second row, panoramic roof). More details when they come available!

Mercedes-Benz GL450 2013

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450

2012 Mercedes-Benz R350 Bluetec and GL350 Bluetec Now Available!

2012 GL diesel

Mercedes-Benz USA officially released the 2012 Bluetec versions of the R350 and GL350 over the weekend. 400 lb/ft of torque and great fuel economy…a winning combination!

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