New MercedesBenz GLClass 4×4 Reviews & Ratings | MotorTorque

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Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

New Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4×4

a 100 years of automotive production them Mercedes-Benz are now entering the class of large and luxurious

The new GL-Class with permanent drive, which goes on in the UK in mid September, is built in Tuscaloosa, in the USA. It is built alongside the M-Class and R-Class model and shares much of the same architecture, components and family

Its muscular bodyshell is 5,088mm in and it is a full seven seat The seating accommodation is positioned in rows giving seven individual seats. When not in use the row of seats can be electrically and individually into the floor at the touch of a Luggage space ranges 200 litres with all seven in use up to 2,300 litres with the front seats occupied.

vehicle’s main market be the USA where large 4×4 remain in high demand.

In the UK can only say they expect to numbers in their high rather than in thousands.

For appeal the GL-Class will against the Range Rover, the new Q7, the BMW X5 and for size against the Toyota Amazon. Prices range £51,675 to £65,720.

Mercedes-Benz UK product group Catherine Baker said week at the media launch, believe the GL-Class will the benchmark vehicle for quality and having seven-seats as standard make it particularly attractive. We the majority of sales to be conquest rather than current of our M-Class models.’

Ms Baker ‘The GL-Class is a new chapter in our history which started the G-Wagen and it twins serious abilities with on-road refinement. We are offering UK customers one standard level of equipment an additional range of extra options so customers can equip vehicles to suit their needs.’

‘Customers have the of three engine options all the 7G-Tronic automatic gearboxes. All the have a two stage transfer locking differentials, descent and hill start assist,’ she

‘There is the choice of a 5.5-litre V8 388bhp petrol engine made its first appearance in the new S-Class range. In addition we are for the first time our all-new generation common rail technology with the GL 420 CDI model. has a 4.0-litre V8 306bhp diesel which produces 700Nm of This engine will become available in the M-Class in We are also offering the GL 320 CDI model its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine a power output of 224bhp and of torque.’

Ms Baker said, ‘We diesel engines to be the choice of 80 per of our new GL-Class customers. Initially the new V8 engine will be the main because it is brand new but in the longer we expect the V6 diesel to be marginally the popular.’

‘Customers for the new GL-Class in the main be retail buyers company money or contract facilities rather than car or fleet users, ‘she

In addition to AirMatic air suspension variable ground clearance the new GL-Class has numerous electronic aids such as 4ETS control and ESP electronic stability

The range also has Pre-Safe protection, a first in this sector. This system when braking has reached a level or when a skid is The system tensions the front closes the side windows and if fitted and moves the front seat into the optimum position in relation to the airbags. continues to work after an cutting off the fuel supply and the hazard lights. Other systems such as Neck-Pro and brake lights are also as standard.

Big, bold and in your and probably politically incorrect in day and age to some any 4×4 people. as far as we know it is still a free so customers have the freedom of

However the GL-Class is a big and imposing and it will be noticed on the school run and in the car park so if you are a low profile person something else.

Unlike the Q7 the new Mercedes GL does look the of a quality high cost Both are built in the main for the market but the Q7 just does not in the UK. It’s too big, too brash, poor off-road, only has and is not particularly well built, other Audis.

The GL on the other is well built, it is luxurious, has seats, looks good and really well, on and off road.

said I do have two issues the GL-Class and both involve The GL is first and foremost a vehicle for left hand drive and in most areas the transfer left to right hand works. My first issue is the of the buttons to operate the rear seats. They are positioned at the right hand corner of the interior so you have to stand in the next to the traffic to operate If I was in the USA or in left hand drive I would be standing on the pavement. The issue also involves the third row of seats. Access for row passengers can only be made the offside rear passenger so again UK passengers will be in the road rather than on the getting in or out of the vehicle. I really right hand drive of an expensive deserve better.

The Mercedes GL-Class’s only off-road is the air suspension which can be to various heights to clear but as for absorbing off road potholes, and jarring it is pretty inefficient fully extended to maximum On-road it is a much more less sick making than the air suspension used by Rover, but off road the Range is still king for ride and suspension travel.

Other the odd hunting, shooting fishing or a day at the races I cannot see he majority of GL pushing their new vehicles to off road but for the record the engines and are very good indeed in the and mire, surprisingly so. Another point is the vehicles agility. It may be big but it was precise to handle with grip amongst the trees and we put our test cars through.


Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

On road, as long as the suspension was not in the setting, handling was good. Go for and the GL becomes vague and the driver detached from what the steering and wheels might be back.

The big 5.5-litre petrol is fast, very responsive, and quiet and apart from the it was fine, well up to petrol Rover performance.

The star was of course the new V8 4.0-litre twin diesel engine. With of power, enough for 143mph and in 7.6 seconds for a 2.5 tonne vehicle, better unit could you for? Even the fuel of 23.9mpg was not too bad. The huge of torque, 700Nm from will make light of towing loads up to 3.5 tonnes so any towing horse trailers or boats with the GL-Class have no problem. The smooth delivery and amount of torque off road driving really and coupled to all the electronic transmission and and low ratio driving aids the Mercedes GL-Class a formidable 4×4.

Combining luxurious on-road with off-road performance is easy and few if any vehicles achieve harmony. The GL scores pretty in most of these areas.

Mercedes-Benz GL 420 CDI.

Price: as tested £66,865.

Engine: All new V8, third generation direct common rail diesel twin turbochargers, 306bhp and of torque from 2,200rpm.

7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic high/low ratio transfer permanent four-wheel drive centre and rear differential traction control.

Performance: 0-62mph7.6 seconds, 23.9mpg,

Size, roominess, refinement, seats with electronic seat operation, performance and new V8 diesel engine.

Against: Non air suspension at full ride off-road, rear row of seats not suitable for right hand market.

Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

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