2007 Mercedes GLClass | car review @ Top Speed

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A 4.6-liter, V8 engine powers the 2007 GL-Class . matched to a seven-speed transmission that drives all wheels through the company’s 4WD system . The hardware roster includes a four-wheel-independent suspension, steering, and 18-inch alloy wearing 265/60 all-season An Airmatic air suspension and adaptive shocks are optional. The 2007 GL-Class is rated to tow up to 7,500 and if history is any indicator, a Mercedes-Benz AMG is likely arriving in showrooms for or 2009.

Downhill Assist and Hill Start Assist are standard on the 2007 Mercedes-Benz while an Off-Road package a two-speed transfer case, and rear locking differentials, and an air that can raise the GL-Class an 12 inches to create a maximum depth of 23 inches.

Inside the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, leather and walnut wood dominate, and a standard power sunroof a fixed glass panel over the third-row seats. the power split-folding third-row are not in use, the GL-Class can carry cubic feet of cargo. the second-row seats and it can manage up to 83 feet of stuff. As with the M- and models . a long list of features including Premium, . Comfort . and Entertainment packages is to be available, along with such as a navigation system, radio, and Keyless Go ignition.

is unveiling a new highlight in the luxury Utility Vehicle market the GL-Class. The seven-seater premium offers excellent handling on and off-road and pampers occupants its extremely spacious accommodation and the of a luxury saloon. The GL-Class another milestone with the comprehensive safety system, a in this market segment.

its poised, assured presence, the leaves you in no doubt about its to conquer this market The distinctive design idiom power and exclusivity. Calm surfaces, powerful, wedge-shaped and striking details give the the luxury off-roader is surging even when stationary. The body (length 5088 mm, 1920 mm, height 1840 mm) is proportioned.

Superlative comfort the conditions

The welcoming interior its top-quality materials provides with that feel-good as only Mercedes knows with more than space for up to seven passengers. The offers superb comfort on — whether you’re popping into town, hundreds of kilometres or negotiating terrain. Occupants still good freedom of movement on the two full-sized individual seats in the row of seats. The distance to the middle row of is 815 mm, with 979 mm headroom for passengers. If you fewer seats, the rear seats can be stowed electrically at the of a button, either individually or in to provide a completely flat surface. In the five-seater version, compartment capacity is 1240

The GL-Class can provide up to 2300 of load capacity . with the compartment measuring 2128 mm in In line with the wide of applications handled by the versatile the THERMATIC automatic climate system fitted as standard in the GL 320 CDI consistent temperature for all seven both in the depths of winter and on sweltering summer days. The with V8 engines such as the GL 420 CDI . GL 450 and GL 500 as standard with the multi-zone system, which offers more climatic comfort. standard-fit convenience and comfort include ARTICO man-made upholstery combinations, electrically front seats and a fixed glass roof above the row of seats.

Intelligent solutions excellent safety

The GL-Class full use of the advantages of its unitised combining optimum strength intelligent lightweight steel The result is excellent passive Combined with the front and deformation zones, the high-strength cell forms an efficient for the occupant protection systems include:

Adaptive, two-stage for the driver and front passenger

in the front, and in the middle row of seats as an

Windowbags across all three of seats from the A to the D-pillar

crash-responsive head restraints for the and front passenger as an option

seat belts on all seven

Seat-belt tensioners and adaptive limiters for the driver and front seat-belt tensioners and belt-force on the outer seats in the middle row

the optionally available PRE-SAFE® occupant protection system, a first in this market Mercedes-Benz has raised safety to an higher level. The system’s striking feature: passive and safety systems are networked each other. PRE-SAFE® the sensors in the dynamic handling systems such as ABS, BAS Assist) and ESP® and optimises the function of the passive safety in potential accident situations. The also takes the issue of protection to a new level. The front includes precisely defined crumple space between the and the major assemblies underneath. In with impact zones are designed to yield, this provides a high degree of both for pedestrians and cyclists.

The GL-Class meets all the requirements of a luxury SUV and redefines them on a level. Yet the hallmark Mercedes genes such as superlative ruggedness and long-term durability not been compromised. It is not for nothing the model designation echoes the precursor of all Mercedes-Benz off-road the G-Class. The evergreen off-roader is its 27th year of production and continue to be marketed alongside the new

Outstanding handling on and off-road

the permanent all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz provides the GL-Class superior handling whatever the Together with the standard-fit air suspension, the precise speed-sensitive steering and the ADS Adaptive Damping also fitted as standard, the GL-Class (wheelbase 3075 mm) impressively. Handling when a trailer is no less impressive to the ESP® Trailer Stabilisation. It critical driving situations a trailer before they dangerous by precisely applying the while AIRMATIC provides automatic level adjustment.

off-road features such as Speed Regulation (DSR), assist and off-road ABS assist the driver off-road. The Off-Road Pro package, standard on all ECE models, the GL-Class can also handle the extreme off-road terrain. includes a two-speed transfer with a low range ratio and 100 differential locks for the transfer and the rear axle. The modified air suspension, designed specifically for the demanding conditions, increases the clearance to a maximum of 307 millimetres required, and raises the fording to 600 millimetres.

Majestic drive new V6 and V8 engines

The ultra-modern engine provides superlative drive and compelling performance in all GL-Class coupled with superior consumption figures compared other vehicles in the class. the 165-kW/ 224-hp V6 engine in the GL 320 CDI . the of diesel models includes the high-performance V8 diesel in the GL 420 CDI, now has an output of 225 kW/ 306 hp and maximum torque of 700 Nm. diesel-powered versions undercut the EU 4 and feature a maintenance-free diesel filter. In addition to the newly 5.5-litre, 285-kW/388-hp engine in the GL launched earlier in the new S-Class, the unit in this ultra-modern V8 of engines is celebrating its world in the GL-Class. In the GL 450 the 4.6-litre engine 250 kW/340 hp . Both engines fulfil the stringent EU 4 limits LEV II standard).

All GL-Class engine variants with the standard-fit 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with SELECT. Excellent performance and low consumption result not just the perfect combination of ultra-modern with 7G-TRONIC and the friction-optimised Another important factor is the low gross vehicle weight to the unitised body and the excellent (Cd 0.37) for such a large

Success story from production facilities

Mercedes — Made in the USA ; has established as the company’s new trademark on the other of the Atlantic and illustrates the success of the DaimlerChrysler plant in Tuscaloosa/Alabama. The of the GL-Class started production in as the first Mercedes-Benz plant Europe. Around 600 million US have been invested 2001 in expanding and constantly the plant; overall the company has around 1 billion US dollars. the extension of the Tuscaloosa plant in May its theoretical annual production for all model series stands at units. The new GL-Class is now the third series to be built here, the M-Class and the R-Class.

The new Mercedes-Benz is being given its world at the North American International Show 2006 in Detroit. US will be the first to savour the of the new trendsetter in the spring; European will have to wait September 2006 for a taste of the off-roader.

Design: A symbol of power and prestige

The appearance of the new leaves observers in no doubt as to the strong character of the luxurious Utility Vehicle: the premium from Mercedes-Benz displays robustness and muscular power in as well as being sporty and in character. Despite a typically body with short its own, vibrant personality through.

This effect is thanks in no part to an extremely linear that is without superfluous yet displays remarkable finesse. surfaces and clearly defined, lines create distinctive and visually emphasise the robustness and athleticism at the heart of the GL-Class. The rails, wheels and exterior are generously proportioned and enhance the appearance. At the same time, a inspection reveals finely sinewy lines that add to the appeal of the new Mercedes off-roader, it a highly prestigious feel. is a luxury vehicle with and noblesse.

Front end with a character

The front-end design emphasises the solid nature of the new A steeply angled, robust grille with a centrally star dominates the front Two particularly powerful transverse in silver with broad highlights lend the vehicle a look. The backdrop here is by a black honeycomb structure is echoed in the air intake opening the bumper.

The high bonnet, a off-road feature, has two powerdomes along its length. Sharply ridges delineate the bonnet on the and right and form an unusually link between the bonnet and evoking the image of an athletic, musculature.

The wide clear-lens together with the clearly halogen projection-beam technology a high-quality light unit. The fog (with the cornering light if this option is ordered) are in the bumper in a separate, extremely frame whose robust is emphasised by two horizontal fins. The light units are ringed in If the cornering light function is they have chrome The upper part of the bumper is in body colour, while the below this is trimmed in grey. This horizontal contrast makes the off-roader lighter and sleeker. A chrome-look guard, available as an optional reinforces this impression.

elegance and durability

From the it is clear that the GL-Class ample space . There is an impression of length. The long and a high roof line extends as far as the rear wall a dynamic silhouette. Large areas emphasise these further adding to the air of elegance also ensuring excellent and a bright interior atmosphere. By way of the upright D-pillar is in keeping the off-road character and solidity of the and serves to underline its dependability in any

Dynamic side lines . make the vehicle appear whilst also emphasising its solid character, are testament to a thought-out design. A crease emerges from the headlamp and runs smoothly along the wing, across the A-pillar and the roof frame before the tailgate. Most prominent of all is the which emanates ahead of the wheel arch, rises and reaches its conclusion at a point the tail lights. Beneath is a further crease line from the front wing, the doors and as far as the D-pillar.

Generously-sized rub add structure to the side surfaces together with the solid rails in black or chrome, a sporty, prestigious appearance.The accentuated wings with chamfered edges and the large wheels with robustly spokes lend the vehicle a stance.

Distinctive rear end

The rear end is divided by horizontal lines which emphasise the of the vehicle and reduce the impression of This effect is reinforced by the position of the sturdy rear the high-quality chrome handle in the and the chromed rectangular tailpipes a wide position on each of the rear end.The impressive lights feature a new take on the Mercedes-Benz ribbed lenses Ribbed areas and smooth alternate whilst two wide which are themselves subdivided by highlights, appear to split the lights.

The reflectors have removed from the main unit and are now arranged separately in the below the loading sill. The brake light has been in the roof spoiler.Optional extras a stainless-steel scratch guard on the loading sill as well as a stainless-steel underride guard to the one fitted at the front end.

interior materials

The interior is dominated by high-quality displaying handcrafted precision and to detail, creating a luxurious, ambience which embraces the character of an off-roader in many The smooth dashboard and door underline robustness and self-assurance, the colour contrast between the upper section and the lighter section as well as the continuous trim elements lend the a sense of breadth and spaciousness.

of the new GL-Class sit behind a four-spoke steering wheel featuring lower spokes . Behind is the upper section of the dashboard, trimmed in leather, rising in a arch that spans the clusters. The instruments are housed in two tubes, making them to read and giving them a appearance. Fine chrome surrounding the tubes add a further of elegance.

The console in the centre of the features a clearly defined, design and houses easy-to-reach, positioned control and display Here the emphasis is firmly on ergonomics and tangible precision . this area is the sturdy console with stowage and integral cup holder functions as as two robust, longitudinally arranged handles which echo the of the trim strips in the doors and useful support points driving off-road.The door panels and the armrests are padded and an elegant trim as well as topstitching. Once again, trim elements catch the There is a choice between poplar, burr walnut chrome trim strips or birch with chrome strips.

Colours and paints

The new comes with a choice of interior appointments colours: alpaca grey or buckskin (a shade of beige). These can be with two non-metallic and nine paint finishes.


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