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2012 MercedesBenz GL 350 BlueTEC Diesel Test drive and new SUV review

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Giving Diesel Some

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC is a three-row diesel luxury SUV is aimed squarely at the North market. With base starting at $61,570 (as tested $73,000), the GL 350 comes with a warranty and EPA fuel economy of 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway. Let’s

First Glance

GL’s design is sophisticated and elegant. the overall shape of the body to convey a much more impression than the vehicle’s measurements (200.6 long/76.4 tall) reveal. It’s kind of a jolt to discover a row of seats inside the GL, especially a roomy row. A tapered presenting a nearly trapezoidal to the SUV when viewed from the partly creates this illusion.

Crisp body and rich paint give the GL Mercedes class, and standard 20 wheels give it a rugged Big headlamps and taillamps delineate the for good visibility. Slanted dual chrome exhaust peek out from the rear The details have been to on the GL. A subtle BlueTEC badge each front fender, and the GL 350 is balanced with a modest BLUETEC appended on the opposite of the tailgate. Other than there’s no exterior advertisement the vehicle’s diesel powerplant.

In the Driver’s Seat

2012 GL 350 BlueTEC dash.

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In the cabin, the air of class My test vehicle was decked out leather seating surfaces which I prefer to the standard MB-Tex material. The GL’s seat is generously proportioned, intuitive power controls on the outboard side of the seat Real Burl Walnut trim dresses the dash and soaked in a deep layer of Mercedes tosses in just metal trim and detail to the dash from getting but not so much that it feels up. Round nacelles on the air conditioning echo the round gauge in the instrument panel, giving the a cohesive feel. I wish the screen was mounted higher in the stack — crowning the instead of living below air — but the arrangement works well.

GL’s second row is genuinely with good firm and room for three. My test came with the optional Rear-Seat Entertainment System, mounts two LCD screens on the backs of the seat headrests. Your can choose to watch separate on each screen, which help avoid a lot of arguments in households. The third row is easily with one lever on the second and is roomy enough for two adults for a short ride. The third row power controls, switches the tailgate that operate the split seat quickly and fuss. There’s a useable cubic feet of luggage behind the third row; cubic feet behind the row; and 83.3 cubic with both rows

The design and layout of the GL is certainly to capture hearts and minds in the That brings us back to pesky diesel engine.

On the

GL 350 BlueTEC comes with a turbocharged V6 diesel engine produces 210 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. of a diesel, peak torque is at a low 1,600 rpm, and continues to up to 2,800 rpm. In real terms, that means great thrust is available on the The challenge is delivering torque on and that’s where GL’s falls down on the job a little Mercedes claims that the GL can go from 0 — 60 mph in 9.4 seconds not a particularly impressive figure. The is, that figure is a little because of how the power is delivered. If you the throttle at a stoplight, there’s a lag before the engine responds to input. Once the power on, the GL is like a freight train, its 5,512 lb curb weight forward and gaining momentum. At speed, the GL is whisper quiet and like it is on rails. Passengers may know that they’re in a diesel-powered vehicle. As a driver, be aware of it every time you go to

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You’ll also be aware you go to fill up and maintain your GL has a 26.4-gallon fuel tank a 3.4 gallon reserve — means you’ll get very change back from Benjamin when you visit the station. The AdBlue tank to be refilled periodically — 8.5 should last you for 15,000 miles, so an annual fill-up at the is about it. If you prefer to do it yourself, the formula, called Diesel Fluid, sells for about per gallon at local auto stores. GL’s driver center gives early when AdBlue is needed. #2 diesel fuel is pretty in most areas. Actually, easier to find on the highway in town, so GL 350 works great for road trips.

Journey’s End

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL 350

Photo © Jason Fogelson

a lot to like about the Mercedes-Benz GL. If intent on diesel power for luxury SUV, the compromises are But the compromises are right in my wheelhouse performance. The gasoline-powered GL450 and each get big, powerful V8 with 335 and 382 hp respectively, and a completely feel off the line. GL450 the 0-60 scoot in 7.1 seconds; does it in a blistering 6.4 seconds. a completely different experience GL350’s 9.4 second time. The gas pay a substantial fuel economy but the rush is worth it, in my opinion.

may come a time in the near when a full-size diesel SUV makes sense for the US market. A Mercedes-Benz is not set up out of the box to run on biodiesel, but there are vendors who can easily make happen. Mercedes’ diesel smoothly, quietly and efficiently. Now if can just add rapidly to the list of and amp up the efficiently part some we may have something to talk

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