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Review: Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTec

adds a 50-state diesel to its lineup.


What’s The 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL320 replaces the GL320 CDI as the diesel in the GL-Class. M-B’s accident-anticipating system comes standard in all GLs year. An integrated rear-seat DVD system, HD Radio and Sirius Traffic top the list of options But again, the big news is the diesel.

With: Audi Q7, Cadillac Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid

We Think: Despite the high of diesel in the U.S. the GL320 offers fuel economy, sensitivity and good old-fashioned especially if you’ve got to do some Of the three Mercedes SUVs the BlueTec V-6 is being added to for – the GL-Class, the M-Class and the R-Class – our one pick is the GL.

Review: 2009 Mercedes-Benz BlueTec

Fuel prices to be heading ever higher as the wears on, and diesel prices are the way. So is this a good to introduce a full-size diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz answers in the affirmative the 2009 GL320 BlueTec.

The already has a strong reputation luxury SUV watchers. It’s a big that drives smaller it really is. The interior comfort and is notable. The feature-to-dollar ratio is So now, here comes a V-6 turbodiesel version of the GL-Class high mpg and good towing as you’d expect, along low tailpipe emissions and some to its off-the-line performance – a bit more on the side.

Along with the ML320 BlueTec and R320 the GL320 V-6 brings the notion of to the SUV market. Thanks to numerous breakthroughs, the Mercedes trio of SUVs runs so clean – in in some cases even than their gasoline-burning in the car, truck and SUV world – they are certified as legal for in all 50 U.S. states.

Combined with a deliciously seven-speed automatic transmission, the BlueTec’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the open That’s especially impressive for a luxury SUV, even at fuel’s current premium, the new Cadillac Escalade Hybrid give it a run for its money.

In the GL320 the diesel V-6 produces 210 horsepower – not the of legends. What commands however, is the burst of 398 lb.-ft. of that starts at 1,600 rpm and on until 2,400 rpm. kind of thrust just off launches the 5,313-lb. GL across an as soon as the light turns and it’ll get you onto the freeway quick. On the other side of the mark, however, the best of the is over too quickly. So while you can to your heart’s desire GL320 BlueTec has a 7,500-lb. capacity), your highway-speed power is only average.

Like the other GLs in the Mercedes the GL320 BlueTec is one of the easiest full-size SUVs on the market. ease begins with the stability and connection to the road by the GL’s unit-body construction, significant in a class full of SUVs. The air-suspension ride was pleasant, and the interior quiet was by road noise, despite 20-inch run-flat tires.

The while not razor-sharp, was nicely and responsive to inputs. The brakes better than we remembered earlier years of GL, though we stress them much.

If you the off-road bug, the GL320 includes standard four-wheel height-adjustable suspension (good for inches of added clearance), a control feature (controls the and throttling for you as you crawl down slopes) and an off-road driving

Despite the lack of standard upholstery (a leather seating is optional), the standard equipment on the GL320 BlueTec is impressive. For the occupants, three-stage heated with eight-way power and, for the driver, four-way lumbar support.

Third-row – yes, there’s almost room for adults – are treated to a panorama sunroof to ward off any and when the third row is empty, you can them down to increase cargo space to 43.8 feet. With both folded flat, the result is a 83.3 cubic feet of

Standard technology includes the in-car media control with a 6.5-inch high-definition screen, a Bluetooth interface, and a DVD player.

Anything that doesn’t standard you can find on the options including a rear-seat entertainment an adaptive-damping suspension, three-zone control, and premium packages bundle high-tech goodies rear-views cameras, navigation voice control, and HD radio.

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safety considerations include airbags, including a kneebag for the and Pre-Safe, which uses braking and steering input to detect when a crash may be If such a determination is made, the are firmed up, the front passenger moves into a better for effective airbag deployment, and the windows close. If a rollover is the sunroof will close as to help protect occupants flying debris.

Arriving coming October and forecast to be at around $55,000, the 2009 BlueTec represents quite a in the big luxury SUV arena. If you’re for one, this one belongs in consideration set.


Test Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTec

Price: $55,500 (estimated)

Size and Type: 3.0-liter diesel V-6

Engine Horsepower: 210 at rpm

Engine Torque: 398 lb.-ft. at rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic

Weight: 5,313 lbs.

EPA Economy (city/highway): 17/23 mpg

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