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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!

New Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Accessory – Foldable Cargo Liner!

A new cargo liner has been made availabe for the GL-Class through Mercedes-Benz. It solves the problem of how to protect the area behind the third row AND behind the second row with the third row folded flat! Until now I have been using the ML-Class cargo liner, which is a little too short, and just folding it in half to put the third row up. It worked well until you needed the third row and the storage behind it. This mat simply velcros to the carpet at the top and bottom and folds as you raise the seats. It allows access to all of the tie down points and allows you to raise the seats individually. Perfect! You can order it from your local parts department.

GL-Class Foldable Cargo Liner – Part # BQ6750038 - MSRP $145  

Mercedes-Benz GL mat

GL-Class Mat Black

GL-Class Mat Third Row

GL-Class Mat Folded

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450 – New Color – Dakota Brown!

Here are some pictures of the new Dakota Brown metallic paint, color code 796. This is on a new 2012 GL450 with the cashmere interior. Dakota Brown is also available on the M-Class and the R-Class for 2012. This color is much lighter than the Cuprite Brown that I have seen on the sedans. It has a lot of gold in the sun. I would call it Tobacco Brown if I were being descriptive.

2012 Mercedes-Benz Dakota Brown

Dakot Brown 796

Brown Gold 2012 GL-Class

2012 Mercedes in Dakota Brown

Dakota Brown Paint Mercedes

2012 Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Highlights, Release Dates and Pricing

It is an exctiting time for Mercedes-Benz! We have lots of new engines, technology and vehicles for the 2012 model year. Here is a quick rundown.

2012 C-Class Sedan – C350/C300/C63 August/C250 October

  • Facelifted – more than 2000 new parts!
  • C250 with 1.8L inline 4-cylinder direct injected, turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower
  • C350 with 3.5L direct injected V6 with 302 horsepower
  • New standard equipment including automatic transmission, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming mirrors, garage door opener, compass, HD radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, ATTENTION ASSIST amd adaptive brakes with HOLD function
  • New paint and upholstery options
  • Parktronic available
  • New Lane tracking Package
  • LED daytime running lights standard fro both sport and luxury models
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Updated version of 7-speed transmission which provides better fuel economy

2012 C-Class Coupe – C350/C63 September/C250 October

  • Same redesigned interior and improved standard features as the C-Class Sedan
  • Standard Panoramic Sunroof
  • Steering Wheel Shift Paddles
  • 10-way power driver seat with memory
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Unique wheel 

2012 CL-Class – August

  • New colors – Lunar Blue and Andorite Grey
  • New 19″ AMG triple 5-spoke wheel

2012 CLS-Class – CLS550/CLS63 June/ CLS550 4matic August

  • All-New bi-turbo engines with direct injection 402 or 518 hp
  • World’s first fully-active all LED headlamps
  • Electromechanical steering system
  • Standard sport body styling
  • Standard Navigation, Pemium sound and SiriusXM

2012 E-Class Sedan – October

  • New direct injected engines – V6 with 302 hp and V8 with 402 hp
  • New wheels and steering wheels for some models
  • Wood/Leather steering wheel now availabel for both sport and luxury models
  • New Lane Tracking package
  • LED running lights for both sport and luxury
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Updated version of 7-speed transmission which provides better fuel economy

2012 E-Class Wagon – October

  • The E63 AMG wagon is coming!

2012 E-Class Coupe – E350 July/E550 October

  • New direct injected engines – V6 with 302 hp and V8 with 402 hp
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • New wheel for E350
  • New interior colors – Red/Black and Natural Beige/Black leathers
  • New Lane Tracking Package
  • Standard shift paddles
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Electromechanical steering on V8

2012 E-Class Cabriolet – E350 July/E550 October

  • New direct injected engines – V6 with 302 hp and V8 with 402 hp
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • New wheel for E350
  • New interior colors – Red/Black and Natural Beige/Black leathers
  • New Lane Tracking Package
  • Standard shift paddles
  • Color instrument cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • Electromechanical steering on V8
  • New Red soft top option

2012 GL-Class – GL450/GL 550 August/ GL350 October

  • Acoustic Signal when locking/unlocking
  • Improved Rearview camera software
  • New ESP off icon
  • New garage-door opener concept (multicolor LEDs)
  • New paint colors – Dakota Brown & Pearl Beige
  • New rear chrome trim for rear control panels

2012 GLK-Class – July

  • Acoustic Signal when locking/unlocking
  • Improved Rearview camera software
  • new ESP off icon
  • New garage-door opener concept (multicolor LEDs)
  • Media Interfact port moves to center console
  • New 20″ 5-spoke wheel with Appearance Package
  • New Colors – Lunar Blue, Sapphire Grey, Diamond White & Cuprite Brown
  • Keyless-Go is reduced to $640 

2012 ML-Class – ML350s September/ ML550/ML63 2012

2012 R-Class – R350 gas August/R350 Bluetec October

  • New direct injected V6 with 302 hp
  • Acoustic Signal when locking/unlocking
  • Improved Rearview camera software
  • new ESP off icon
  • New garage-door opener concept (multicolor LEDs)

2012 G-Class – October

2012 S-Class – July/S350 September

  • New direct injected V8 with 402 hp means no Gas Guzzler tax
  • The S350 Bluetec arrives with an estimated 20 city/ 31 highway MPG
  • New colors – Lunar Blue and Andorite Grey
  • The Sport Package gets a new 19″ AMG triple 5-spoke wheel

2012 SL-Class – July

  • Premium 1 Package now standard
  • Limited production in anticipation for the all-new 2013

2012 SLK-Class – SLK350 July/SLK250 2012

2012 AMG

  • C63 AMG coupe arrives
  • E63 returnes with 5.5 litre biturbo with 518 hp and 25% better fuel economy
  • CLS63 AMG debuted in the spring
  • SLS AMG roadster arrives

This is a great time to be a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast!

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