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Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI

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Date posted: 07-19-2006

behind the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CDI and you won’t notice anything out of the which is exactly why you should be Look at the badge on the rear It contains the letters CDI. three letters mean is a diesel-powered SUV — the second diesel-powered SUV to be sold in the U.S.

Walk to the front, nearer the engine, and the barely detectable plunkety-ping of a engine. It’s not any louder the noise made by many gasoline engines; it’s different.

Climb behind the the real test, and the notion this rig is diesel powered faster than low fuel during the Bush administration. even at wide-open throttle, simply impossible to tell driving a compression ignition There’s no telltale black and no deafening rattle. In fact, the real giveaway comes a brilliant torque surge adequately motivates the GL should you it.

It’s not fast, but it gets the job silently, cleanly and without It’s not the Mercedes diesel you

Why diesel?

Mercedes sees engines as a perfect match for vehicles, rivaling the performance of engines and, now, able to match their Even so, the 320 CDI won’t meet emissions standards, which are the strictest in the world, and therefore is to 45-state status.

But beginning in 2007, Mercedes will the 3.0-liter Common rail Injection (320 CDI) V6 in both the full-size GL and midsize ML goes on sale this SUVs. Neither will be in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New or Vermont — the five states by the standards.

This is not the ьber-clean diesel engine that also debut this in the E-Class sedan and will be legal. The CDI engine uses a Nozzle Turbo (VNT) to 224 horsepower at 3,800 rpm and 376 pound-feet of at 1,600 rpm. It also a particulate filter to virtually the black soot clouding judgment about older engines. The maintenance-free filter particulate emissions by 99 percent. better, Mercedes claims the CDI is good for a combined fuel rating of almost 24 miles per in the GL.

Why not diesel?

Our first opportunity to the GL320 CDI came on the often wet and unpaved roads surrounding Iceland. We were regularly how far modern automobiles like the GL advanced when sharing the with cars like the Lada Niva, a vehicle in its day, served the same as our Mercedes SUV.

Even the GL isn’t going to break any records, it effortlessly powered the Niva, riding a wave of torque that’s always thanks to the GL’s 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which the engine in its sweet spot.

After two days behind the we came to appreciate the ease which the relatively small mill pushes the GL down the Part throttle yields the same acceleration as full which encourages small openings and discourages hard And that’s just fine in a comfortable SUV. The result is a driving experience motivated by of boosted torque.

Bottom driving the 320 CDI is like an easygoing down an unfamiliar path. The is new, but it’s easy to and there’s a smooth rhythm makes it comfortable. The engine is and gets the job done without itself known as a diesel.

the tundra

Driving a premium SUV through a climate harsh to prevent trees from seemed, at first, a little However, the longer we cruised the gravel roads of the Icelandic occasionally running across a Toyota Land Cruiser or Ford Econoline van, the we realized that the GL was providing confidence, more comfort and more range (709 at 23 mpg) than those


Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI

The GL’s ever present was hard to ignore. Watching bounce down the road in of us in his jacked-up Toyota was laughable as the air-sprung unibody danced every rock and rut with the of a fat man on Ambien.

The GLs we drove were models fitted with Adaptive Damping System ADS adjusts damping rates and body roll according to conditions and will be an option on models. They also had the Pro engineering package with a version of Airmatic air suspension, can increase the GL’s ground from 7.8 to 12 inches. The off-road also adds more reduction, locking center and differentials, a brake-based traction system, off-road specific downhill speed regulation and assist.

Familiar territory

Don’t looking anywhere but at the badge to a visual difference between the and the gasoline-powered GL450. which at $54,900. The GL320 is the same SUV designed to compete with the Escalade and Audi Q7. It’s considerably more efficient.

even though official isn’t yet available, it shouldn’t that much more. Moran, Mercedes’ manager of and technology public relations, out that the diesel option in the (E320 CDI) adds a premium over the E350 and the difference should be about the in the GL.

If this pricing theory to be true, it will be hard to a case against the GL320. better fuel economy, range and drivability that’s the or better than a gasoline it’s an impressive offering. At price point the extra dollars matters little. suffers relative to its gasoline-powered but that probably won’t to many buyers.

What will matter is the that we can have the benefits of power without the black and awful racket we’re to from diesel engines. And should be enough to make all in the full-size luxury SUV market notice. Even from

The manufacturer loaned Edmunds vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

2001.5, GLS, Wagon, Bi-Xenon’s, Navi (2610), SR, Phatnoise, Autothority Chip Looking forward to Hybrid Diesels. (Toyota Prius would be great — make it a wagon)

Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI

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