For more than 100 years now, Mercedes-Benz automobile has remained at the forefront of automotive ingenuity, the bar by which most other cars are measured. The revered company also stands as one of the 'German Big 3' and is acknowledged worldwide for the versatility of its vehicle series, which deals with luxury cars to buses and trucks serving cities and military over the world. The German giant has now come up with its one of the most capable innovations christened as Mercedes-Benz GL. The car is a full-size luxury crossover SUV built by the German marque which was first introduced in 2006. This 7-seater crossover SUV slots above its M-Class sibling and is the flagship model of the Mercedes-Benz SUV line and shares the same unibody architecture with the M-Class.
Engine, mileage and variants
Creating a powerful presence and combining expressive design with high class appeal, this exquisite crossover comes in three equally desirable variants namely GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC powered by a 3.0 litre V6 engine, GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY powered by a 4.7 litre V6 engine and GL 63 AMG 4MATIC powered by a 5.5 litre V8 engine. The maximum power delivered across all the variants ranges from 190 kW at 3600 rpm to 410 kW at 5250-5750 rpm while the peak torque reached ranges from 620 Nm at 1600-2400 rpm to a colossal 760 Nm at 2000-5000 rpm. This finely-refined engine hugs a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission which delivers smooth connect to allow the car grasp a speed of 100 km/hr from a stand-still in just 4.9 seconds. The refinement of this engine is indicated by its generous combined fuel economy of 13.5 kmpl delivered by the 3.0 litre BlueTEC engine.
The designers should be solemnly praised for the sporty yet elegant and robust exterior design of the car. Owing to its eye catching front grille design with chromed expressive horizontal slats and the enlarged shining Mercedes-Benz crown, its eye-shaped new bi-xenon headlamps with optional intelligent light system and the soul wide front bonnet extensions with a wide and masculine front bumper the car fetches a striking road presence. The lines floating on the side body of the car particularly hints the aerodynamic details added to the exterior design. The sporty DNA injected in the car is indicated in the well-moulded rear body of the car with the new LED tail lights and correctly sculpted hood spoiler which gives the car a road-hugging impression. The compact sportiness incorporated in the sleek and wide design of the car is demonstrated by its precise dimensioning, which measures 5120 mm x 1934 mm x 1850 mm (L x W x H).
The German automakers have designed the interiors in such a way that aggrandizes the driving experience alongwith a supreme comfort and is a perfect amalgamation of modern design and ample cabin space, thanks to the use of high grade materials and consummate finish throughout the cabin. Every corner has been optimally utilized and the passenger compartment has been ergonomically designed in a way that gives easy access to all the control functions on the dashboard. COMMAND on-line navigation system of the car comes with 4.5-inch color display and can provide you voice assistance. Besides that, the car has been embedded with rear seat entertainment system with efficient display units that kill the boredom of the occupants during distant traveling. A decent boot space of 680-litres has been provided which can be transformed to an enormous 2300-litres, thus making it ideal for long distance journey.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
When it comes to handling, GL Class is possibly one of the most easy to handle crossovers that you will ever get to drive. Thanks to its permanent all wheel drive system that ensurers superior handling even on the roughest terrains. When it comes to safety features, the car won't fail to impress you. Dedicated airbags for driver and front passenger, windowbags and side airbags have been provided that work in 2 stages depending on the intensity of impact and hence keeps you safe in case of an inadvertent collision. Besides that, the car has been equipped with copious of other safety features like Electronic Stability Programme, Attention Assist, Brake Assist and the Active Parking Assist which ensures maximum safety of the passengers.
The highly capable crossover SUV with its desirable off-road capabilities, interior luxury and solemnly impressive design has all the potential to be your favorite companion. However its rival, Audi Q7, offers even better handling.