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Topic: GL-Class
2011 GL550 Refresh Arrives at Atlanta Classic Cars!

My first 2011 GL550 arrived yesterday. It looks great! This was a very subtle refresh…can you see the differences on the front bumper? This particular GL550 was also ordered with the new Illumination Kit for the Side Running Boards, the Accessory Chrome Package and Rear Seat Entertainment.

2011 Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Highlights

Here are some of the changes that are coming to the 2011 models.


  • Sport sedans now feature LED Daytime Running Lamps and black headlamp inlays
  • Enhanced P1 package includes split folding rear seat and rear sunshade
  • Heated Seats removed from Premium 1 Package
  • New Lighting Package with Bi-Xenons and active curve illumination
  • New standard 17” wheel for C350 sport


  • Refresh! New bumpers, hood, fenders, grille, headlamps, and taillights
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • Driver Assist Package updated with Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • New standard 18” wheel
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added


  • Sport body styling, sport steering wheel and 18” AMG wheels now standard


  • Bluetec arrives in late summer with 17” run-flats, sport or luxury
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package in E350/E550 sedans
  • E63 gets alcantara headliner and stitched dash as standard
  • Diamond White available starting in October production
  • Wagon is standard with rear view camera and power liftgate
  • Coupe gets new 18” AMG wheel in Appearance Package
  • Cabriolet introduced with AIRCAP, AIRSCARF and trunk pass through

SUV Family

  • New Mirror Design
  • Blind Spot Assist Available (not on GLK)
  • New Rear View Monitor reduces fish-eye effect
  • Compass in rear view mirror – M/GL/R
  • Diamond White paint available in October (not GLK)
  • Barolo Red and Sand Beige discontinued (M/GL/R)


  • GL550 gets a facelift
  • New head restraints in 2nd and 3rd row
  • Passenger seat memory added to P1


  • Driver Knee and front passenger airbags added as standard (9 total)
  • LED daytime running lamps in lighting package
  • Eco mode replaces Comfort mode
  • Pearl Beige paint replaces Sand Beige paint


  • New wheel design
  • Night Black paint added (matte)
  • Tail lamp covers and turn signal covers deleted


  • LED daytime running lamps with bi-xenon headlamps
  • ML63 gets new hood and headlights


  • Refresh!
  • New from the A-pillar forward – fenders, grille, hood, bumpers, LEDs
  • New 19” wheel
  • New LED tail lamps
  • New Rear bumper
  • New seat design


  • S63 gets all-new 5.5 litre direct injection bi-turbo V8
  • Contrast stitching with Premium and Exclusive upholstery
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround-souns system with 15 speakers, 1200 watts and 16-channel digital signal processing
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added


  • Sport Body Cladding added as standard
  • Quartz Blue paint added
  • No SLK55 AMG
Illumination Kit for Side Running Boards in the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz has launched a new accessory for the GL-Class – The Illumination Kit for Side Running Boards (Code 267). This kit has 4 LEDs on each side that illuminate the running board for both style and safety. The price for this option is $650 and it is installed at the Vehicle Preparation Center before being shipped to the dealership. To order this option the vehicle must also be ordered with the Side Running Boards (Code 846).

2009 GL320 Bluetec Demo Now Available for Sale at Atlanta Classic Cars!

We just acquired this gem from the Mercedes Corporate Fleet. It has not yet arrived at the dealership but we are expecting it this week. It has about 10,000 miles. The asking price will be in the mid $60s. Please get in touch if you are interested!

2009 GL320 Bluetec
Arctic White
Cashmere Interior
Trailer Hitch
Rear-Seat Entertainment
Premium 1 Package:
115V AC Power Outlet
iPod/MP3 Media Interface Cable
RearView Back-Up Camera
Memory Seats
Autodimming Mirrors
Power Steering Column
Power Folding Mirrors
COMAND Navigation with Voice Control
harman/kardon Sound System
Keyless GO
Power Liftgate

The 2010 C, ML, GL, and S Have Arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars!

It is an exciting time here at the dealership…the 2010 models are arriving! There is nothing I enjoy more than parking a 2009 next to a 2010 and looking for the differences. Some models have only tiny changes this year and some have the “refresh” – which is usually new bumpers, lights, a few buttons and new wheels. I have included a few pictures of the changes that jumped out at me.

2010 ML550

Mercedes 2010 ML550 Front Bumper Lights

2010 GL550 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Lighting

 Mercedes 2010 GL550

Mercedes 2010 GL550 Wheels

2010 GL450 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Fog Lights

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Wheels

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Bumper

2010 C300 – New Laurel Wreath Center Cap in Optional 18″ wheels

Mercedes 2010 C300 Wheels

2010 S550 – Full Refresh – New Lights, Bumpers, New Wood Steering Wheel

Mercedes 2010 S550 Front Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Wood Wheel

2010 E-Class – New Color – Quartz Blue

Mercedes 2010 E-Class Quartz Blue

2010 Mercedes-Benz Pricing and Release Dates

The 2010 GLK, E sedan and E coupe are already here and the rest of the 2010 models will be arriving soon. Mercedes-Benz has just given us the official pricing and release dates.

Release Date
Base Price
C300 Sport/Luxury
C300 Sport/Luxury – 4MATIC
C350 Sport
E350 BlueTEC
March 2010
E350 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
E550 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
GL350 BlueTEC
ML350 BlueTEC
ML350 2WD
R350 BlueTEC

For those of you who have been trying to decide between a 2009 and a 2010 this should help.

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class – Options and Packages for the GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 and GL550

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL450

The Dealer Ordering Guide for the 2010 GL-Class was recently updated with some good pictures of the new bumpers and details on the packages and pricing. We expect Mercedes to release the GL350 BlueTEC and GL450 in September and the GL550 in August.

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC

New in the GL:
Facelifted front and rear bumpers
LED taillamps and daytime running lamps
2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-CLass LED Daytime Running LampsChrome roofline and windowsill molding
Chrome loadsill for scratch protection
Ambient lighting
2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-CLass Ambient Lighting3D instrument cluster (?)
Ventilated seats available for the GL350 BlueTEC/GL450 – standard on GL550
Parking support passenger mirror returns in Premium 1 Package
Burl Walnust wood replaces Birdseye Maple as standard
Palladium Silver and Steel Grey paint available
Light Burl Birch wood available

Premium 1 Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $3,950 – GL550: Standard
Auto Dimming Mirrors
COMAND with Hard-Drive Navigation
Voice Control
Gracenote Media Database
HD Digital Radio
iPod/MP3 Media Interface
Memory Driver Seat
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Tailgate
Power Steering Column
Rear View Camera
Sirius and Sirius Traffic
115V AC Power Outlet
4GB Hard-drive for Music Register

Premium 2 Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $5,950, GL550: Standard
All of Premium 1
harman/kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound

Full Leather Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $1,900 – GL550: Standard
Ambient Lighting
Confort Headrests
Premium Interior Lighting
Leather Upholstery

Lighting Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $970 – GL550: N/A
Bi-Xenon Headlamps with active curve illumination
Headlamp Washing System
LED daytime running lamps

GL Appearance Package: $1410 GL450, GL350 BlueTEC/GL550: N/A
Brushed aluminum running boards with rubber studs
20″ twin 5-spoke alloy wheels with all-season run flats

Stand alone options:
Parktronic – $790
Wood Steering Wheel – $580
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats – $560
Heated Steering Wheel – $220
Trailer Hitch (7500 lbs) – $540
3-Zone Climate Control – $1430
Crossbars in Chrome – $310
Running Boards – $660
Rear Seat Entertainment System – $1880
Heated Rear Seats – $610

2010 Mercedes-Benz Model Year Changes CLS, CL, SL, GL, R, SLK, G

Most of these models have had some major upgrades in the last few years so they will only receive relatively minor changes for 2010.

New on the 2010 CLS:
P15 – AMG Wheel and Sound Enhancement Package
– 19″ AMG twin 5-spoke forged light alloy wheels
– AMG high-end surround sound system with 12 studio loudspeakers, ICEpower amplifiers and 705 watt output
New paint: Palladium Silver
Pewter Paint deleted

 2010 Mercedes CL-Class

New on the 2010 CL:
New Direct-steer system
Improved selection of Sport mode for transmission and suspension
New mirrors with arrow-shaped LED indicators
New paint: Palladium Silver
New multi-color ambient lighting
New Night View Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection
New Active Body Control (ABC) with crosswind stabilization
Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring system
Rear view camera (P2 Package)
Standard Bluetooth – no adaptor required
Sport Package PLUS one
– Sport bodystyling (front and rear bumpers, side skirts)
– 20″ AMG 5-spoke wheels with all-season tires

New on the 2010 SL:
Standard Bluetooth – no adaptor required
Direct-steer system

New on the 2010 GL:
GL320 Bluetec renamed GL350 Bluetec
Palladium Silver Paint is in, Pewter is out
Ventilated front seats now available in GL450 with Appearance package
Redesigned seat materials with piping

New on the 2010 R:
R320 Bluetec renames R350 Bluetec
Palladium Silver Paint is in, Pewter is out
7-seat option removed from Premium 1 – now stand alone option

 Mercedes-Benz 2010 SLK-Class

New on the 2010 SLK:
New 17″ twin 5-spoke wheels for SLK300
Diamond White Edition SLK300 gets 18″ AMG two-tone wheels
New color: 230 Indigolith blue (really Mercedes? Indigolith?)

New on the 2010 G:
Bluetooth connectivity and voice control
Rear park assist
Stainless steel grille guard in chrome
New paint: Palladium Silver

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit – ML320, GL320, and R320

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC

The Alternative Motor Vehicle credit (30b) that can be used to get a tax credit for purchasing one of our diesel SUVs has been improved by the stimulus bill. You can now claim the full credit amount regardless of your personal tax situation and income. This change applies to BlueTEC SUVs purchased after January 1st, 2009.

Important notes on the tax credit:
Must be purchased, not leased
The credit is claimed on your Income Tax Returns, not at time of sale
The upcoming ML450 and S400 hybrids will qualify for the same program, amounts to be determined.
Toyota/Lexus are no longer eligible for these credits
2009 ML320 BlueTEC qualifies for $900 credit
2009 GL320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1800 credit
2009 R320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1550 credit

New Power Liftgate Feature on the 2009 ML, R, GL and 2010 GLK

The power liftgate has been a very popular feature on the ML, R and GL. Previously the liftgate had two settings – open fully, or the “limited” position that stopped it only a little bit open. The “limited” position did stop the liftgate from hitting cargo on the roof of the vehicle but made it difficult to access things in the cargo area.

You can now program the power liftgate to stop at any height you choose! This would be very useful for people who can’t reach the button on the liftgate itself when it is in the fully open position and for people with a lower ceiling in the garage. I know that if I have my garage door up and open the liftgate it will hit the door. This will solve that problem. All you have to do is open the liftgate to the height you like, hold down the button on the liftgate until you hear a chime and let go. From now on the liftgate will open to your custom height! To go back to the fully open setting, hold the power liftgate button down until the chime sounds twice. Very easy…and very useful!

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