Unveiling a Luxury Behemoth MercedesBenz GL500 The Jakarta Globe

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Mercedes-Benz GL500

Unveiling a Luxury Behemoth

The GL500. (JG Photo/Heru Andriyanto)

There was no big ceremony on Monday Mercedes-Benz introduced its premium utility vehicle, the GL500 — the model to be fully assembled in its plant in West Java.

If the was low-key, there was a reason: the tag for this seven-seater top-of-the-line SUV is Rp billion ($172,500) before

Around 20 journalists were but only six of them were in to the driver’s seat of the two cars for a test drive limited to two

Those either driving or in the seat had to remove their or any other metal accessories to damaging the interior of the car.

“All the components are 100 percent but the workers are all Indonesian,” said Makki, deputy director of communication and public affairs at Indonesia.

“Mercedes centralizes SUV in the United States, and apart that, only two more are appointed to assemble our SUVs, India and Indonesia,” she said.

The GL500 is not a new model, but still a major upgrade for Mercedes-Benz with a more powerful and bigger dimensions than the CDI, the first SUV model at the Bogor plant since year.

The GL500 is like no vehicle currently assembled in The test cars had a burled wood trim, and black/brown upholstery, with head on all three rows of seats — a that this is a luxury marque, no matter where it was

Gone is the traditional boxy of the G-class, replaced by the extended of the ML-class platform, with a front grille and sleek

Before setting off on the test an employee demonstrated the active assist that allows the car to parallel park between two sedans, thanks to a 360-degree mounted on the vehicle.

Keeping in the complexity of a Mercedes, I took a to explore all the instruments before the engine button. And there it was — the lever was on the right side of the wheel, where in the Japanese more familiar to Indonesians is the for the turn signal stalk.

My instructor asked me to push the gently just to get a feel of the The engine reacted strongly, better than the diesel in other Mercedes SUVs. to the company, the 4.7-liter, V8 twin engine churns out 320 kilowatts of which by US standard classifies it as a SUV.

There’s only one option, the so-called 7G-Tronic which distributes power to all The GL500 carries the electronic system for different selections of drive on different terrains. But it was a the instructor didn’t allow me to the gravel road at the Mercedes ground in Bogor.

Mercedes the GL500 has improved the fuel from the previous generation, 11.5 liters of gasoline per 100 It goes from standstill to 100 in a staggering 5.4 seconds, based on the official test. That’s for a 2.4-ton SUV, and it can easily many of the sedans sold in the

Mercedes-Benz GL500

The wet track was no problem for the all-wheel-drive and I could take a sharp in high confidence even the traction control off.

The row is spacious enough for two adults, and the in all the rows are electrically adjustable. The tailgate is also operated with buttons for closing and it.

The Bogor version comes the famous AMG exterior sports including 21-inch alloy and LED daytime running lights.

said the GL500 would be in showrooms within one or two weeks, but she reveal a sales target, company policy.

With the 10-digit price you can expect all the features of a luxury Bluetooth, integrated smartphone and connections, a sound system by Kardon, touch-screen head satellite navigation, active spot assist, anti-lock system and so on.

It also boasts crosswind assist technology to stability in the event of strong of side winds when at speeds above 80km/h.

GL-Class is the first in its segment to be with this feature, with more than 10 safety guards such as the skid control and the anti-lock system,” said Stephan sales and marketing director of Indonesia.

I’d tested bigger than the GL500 before, but a Rp 2 billion vehicle made in inside the factory complex was in memorable, although I spent 15 minutes in it.

The factory in Wanaherang, Bogor, has assembling Mercedes models 1981, starting from the E-Class, S-Class, and now the GL-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz GL500
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