Review 2013 MercedesBenz GL350 Driver's Seat WSJ

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Dan Neil 2013 Mercedes-Benz

Sleigh bells.That’s the image eluded me all these years: the chiming of an idling sports like the Lexus LF-A or R8 V10. It sounds like bells. Happy sleigh

There are no sleigh bells in the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec The timbre of this machine is a deep, damped, an organic ugh ugh ugh ugh Bell-wise, this thing its own hunchback.

This, the company’s redesign of its Alabama-built, large SUV with a high-mileage diesel miles per gallon) under the is an absolute hoss: 16.7 long, 6 feet high and 7 wide at the side mirrors. The doesn’t come around a so much as heave into like a dangerous iceberg. flipping Homeric.

If you can get over the presumption of it all, and hike hams up to the diamond-quilt leather seat, you will find ahold of a very sturdy indeed. The new GL—seven-passenger, 7,500-pound all-wheel drive—is roughly the size as before (about the and weight of a Chevy Tahoe), but a lot more standard content in footprint.

Mercedes is also pleased to you an impressive list of optional and cabin amenities, all of which add Our test vehicle, which in at a brisk $99,840, represented the Girlfriend package: illuminated boards ($670); chocolate “Designo” appointments ($4,800); Olufsen sound system 20-inch wheels ($750); panoramic sunroof ($1,090); entertainment system ($1,970); rear seats ($620) and

Mercedes claims 5,467 for the GL350, but my luxed-out example was closer to three tons reference, the new alloy-chassis Range has a real-world curb weight of 5,000 pounds). Frankly, I the GL’s curb weight is going forward and will shorten this design’s life.

Meantime, a unique of this GL, practically worth the of admission all its own, is its serene, ceremonial, quiet. The truck’s of vibration, noise or resonances an alternate aural reality. Go slam that door Whhompf! And then you press the button on the dash and—in our turbodiesel test truck—a delay, and then the tick-purr of the The faintest shudder, coming many decks below, is only sign that a crankshaft has suddenly accelerated to 800 It’s like firing up a Guard cutter.

Part of this effect is due to the BlueTec system, which a fuel-saving stop/start function, down the engine while the is not moving. Firing up/shutting a rattling diesel engine—particularly a V6, has higher vibrational tendencies to impart a lot of noise and rocking to the chassis. In order to quell transient vibrations, the GL’s and transmission mountings are effectively Once the engine is running, torquing and vibrations sneak the engine mounts dwindle to nothing in the vehicle’s huge, structure.

Here the careful will note I’m wildly out of my The point is, Gitmo doesn’t this kind of isolation.

the handsome, purposeful grille is evolved OM642 diesel V6 bank, 48-degree crankpin with center counterbalance connected to the GL’s standard automatic transmission. Even heavy throttle, the upshifts are and when the GL350 reaches speeds, the transmission slips a nearly catatonic double At 80 mph, the engine is turning 1,800 rpm (redline is 4,500 With full tank of the GL350 has a stated range of 600

For petrol fans, Mercedes three newish, turbocharged V8′s: two 4.6-liter units either 362 horsepower (GL450) or 429 hp or the heavy-breathing 5.5-liter, 550-hp in the GL63 AMG, which is, balling.

Ordinarily I wouldn’t to recommend the diesel version of the GL, has range, mileage and impeccable on its side. The diesel’s 455 pound-feet of torque (1,600-2,400 rpm), is capable of stirring the big truck to 60 mph in 8.3 give or take a Russian Fast enough. The OM642 is a effortless and flexible powerplant at speeds, with minimal and almost nothing of what call turbo lag.

the GL350 does start to run out of acceleration at interstate speeds. On of California’s more demanding I imagine the GL might feel a pokey. The AMG’s 5.5-liter has the cure for that.

Also, Mercedes’s product have decreed that the package—low-speed transfer case, driving selector, 12-inch ride height, skid ($2,850)—will be available only the gas-engine GLs. I’m sure is a carefully considered decision, but I bet it frustrate a lot of diesel shoppers.

The 2013 updating brings Mercedes’s current spread-wing design, with standard or optional burled-walnut wood flowing into the doors’ Our test truck’s quilted-leather auburn upholstery, on the seats, and dash, was a wonderfully rich and touch, and for $4,800, it ought to be.

notable cabin improvements the power middle-row seats, slew forward to ease to the third-row seats; and the optional View Monitor ($1,290), with the Parktronic active assist system. Surround creates a bird’s-eye view of the by compositing images from cameras around the vehicle, drivers maneuver in tight This system is a must-have because the GL’s outward is so seriously constrained and the sprawl of the makes it hard to tell the corners are. Honestly, of this beast might as be in Burma.

Like other high-end SUV only maybe more so, continues to try to improve on these big manageability. The GL offers standard stabilization and trailer-stability assist are overlays of the stability-control system). there’s the adaptive/driver-selectable four-mode system; and the “Active Curve which uses active bars front and rear to body roll in sweeping

Other technologies to help keep it between the lines: Collision Prevention assist of, and braces for, potential with vehicles ahead); and the Assist package ($2,100), blind-spot monitoring, active and Distronic adaptive cruise

Still, even with interventions, the GL feels large, and tall, a creature of barely momentum whose road-holding is entirely convincing. Yes, the is pretty great in a softly way. But there’s entirely too piloting, too much beating-upwind-in-a-dirigible, on a country road. The steering is and resolutely vague. The GL sort of to be hustled at all, frankly.

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If asked me what’s the one thing I’d more of in the GL, the answer would be

And sleigh bells.

2013 GL350 BlueTec

Base $63,305

Price as tested:

Powertrain: 3.0-liter, 24-valve V6 with variable valve seven-speed automatic transmission manual shift mode; all-wheel drive

Horsepower/torque: 240 hp at rpm/455 pound-feet at 1,600-2,400 rpm

201.6 inches/5,467 pounds

121.1 inches

0-60 8.3 seconds

Cargo capacity: 16 feet (behind third-row 93.8 cubic feet and rear rows folded)

Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI
Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI
Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI
Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI
Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI


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