First Drive 2013 Mercedes Benz GL Forbes

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First Drive: 2013 Benz GL

I drove the 2013 GL in unique conditions: through the New Mexico desert, sans the en route to the Earthship. Yet, the six hours I spent behind the and riding shot gun in the GL 350 BlueTEC, I got to the ins and outs of this hefty which gave me a clear of why the GL sales have been on the even before this new introduction. What stands out the GL refresh is that it’s stronger and safer — something surely resonates with particular customer base.

The GL is likely to be at the top of the list for luxury seeking maximum space. I there are still a lot of them out because I’m often asked very question. “What can I buy will do everything and has room for Who asks?

If you’re wondering who needs a big ride in this day and age of efficiency, about the family that has a kids and a dog. Or better yet the who schleps three or more around town and detests Or really big and tall folks. Or people who simply like space for their surfboards, pets and golf clubs. customers will also at the other luxury offerings — the Escalade, the Lincoln Navigator and the L70.

Under the hood, the GL proves to be no There are three engines on the 2013 model, and another down the pipeline in early to the tune of AMG, the performance of Mercedes-Benz.

On the manufacturer-sponsored press in sunny Sante Fe, I drove the model, the GL350 BlueTech, a that is the most mindful the least powerful. It’s with a 3.0 liter turbo V-6 that produces 240 hp. I found sufficient for moving the vehicle’s 5467 pounds. The diesel-powered earns an EPA estimate of 18/24 mpg and an impressive 500-mile range. it’s size, the GL350 its weight on the brakes, without sluggish. Steering is up to part — I blew past one turn, I was to make a graceful u-turn on the road. The use of lighter weight in the body makes the GL more on its feet despite it’s appearance. It’s only 50 heavier than the previous though it gains about an


Next time around the I’d like to sample the thirstier 4.7 biturbo V-8 found in the GL450 produces 362 hp and 406 pound feet of or even better the GL550V-8 produces 429 hp and 516 pound feet of The sportiest drivers will for the ultimate GL63 AMG debuts has a ravenous 550-hp bi-turbo What’s also interesting the GL550 is the flashier grill with more statement lines. The grille is distinct that the 350 and 550 look like cousins in the rearview.

The safety systems on the GL keep in line even when patterns turn in to the wild on remote desert roads, and are a nod to the of driving, in which cars rely on sensors to detect and perform automatic driving When Attention Assist is a coffee cup logo illuminates on the and a “dong” pulses through the The Active Curve System as, for an instant, a phantom driver has the steering wheel, which some getting used to. Stabilization does just when a gust of wind There’s also a 360-degree projecting an aerial image of the GL on the It’s all very Tron-like.

The inside of the GL350 has the texture and one would expect of a proper Seats bend and fold a button. Buyers can opt for Harman Logic 7 or Bang Olufsen AMG systems — two outstanding varieties for And Mercedes has nailed the cup holders, driver worry about while off-roading through the and valleys on a ski trip to Taos, New where I took a break for and had a proper plate of Bavarian strudel.

The GL 450, priced at $63,900, and the prices $86,900, go on sale in followed by the $62,400 GL350 in October and the yet-to-be-priced GL63 AMG in 2013.

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