by Adrian Dorofte and Adrian Andronic
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Genuine accessories for the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class: First-class accessories for the first-class SUV

Advanced multimedia systems and practical transport solutions are the core of the genuine accessories range for the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. The line-up includes over 160 high-end products at the launch of the first-class SUV.

Comfort, safety, elegance, efficiency – the new GL-Class from Mercedes-Benz shows leadership qualities in all key SUV categories, making it the S-Class among cross-country vehicles. In parallel with the market launch of the first-class SUV, Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH is now presenting first-class accessories. The major highlights of the extensive range are provided below.

Powerful dynamics: striking add-on parts and attractive wheels

The off-roader's imposing styling is emphasised by running boards with LED lighting (1299 euros [1]) and rugged stainless-steel inlays for easy entry and exit, as well as fin attachments for the air intakes on the bonnet (149 euros). The six-part set is made of galvanised high-gloss chrome-plated synthetic material and can be mounted easily and securely. High-gloss chrome-plated door handle recesses (59 euros) add a further visual touch.

The sportiness of the SUV is highlighted by styling components from the high-performance brand AMG. Available for the new GL-Class are, amongst other things: AMG front and rear aprons (price on request), AMG door pins made from high-quality stainless steel (40 euros) and AMG door sill panels in brushed stainless steel. The latter are available in two variants: illuminated white (price on request) and without illumination (price on request).

The range of attractive 18, 19, and 20-inch light-alloy wheels is extensive. The genuine accessories range from Mercedes-Benz features new products such as distinctive high-sheen 10-spoke wheels for 275/50 R 20 tyres in himalaya grey.

Front and rear mud flaps (95 euros per set) protect against dirt and scratches on the side areas, at the rear and on the underbody. Matched to the vehicle contour, the genuine accessory products retain the sporty appearance of the new GL-Class.

Entertained and always up-to-date: advanced multimedia solutions

In tandem with Daimler's Digital DriveStyle app, the Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone® (750 euros) enables seamless integration of the iPhone® into the GL. Amongst others, the highlights include the advanced navigation solution from Garmin®, Google® online Point Of Interest searches with Street View™, and 3D map depiction. Further functions are: Facebook®, Twitter®, internet radio, AUPEO!™ personal radio and Glympse, the real-time location sharing app. Glympse provides a way to share your current location with selected individuals. The Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone® 4/4S will be available in the first quarter of 2013.

With the iPad® Rear Integration Plus docking station (329 euros [2]), the Apple® iPad®, iPad® 2 and iPad® 3 tablet PC models can be accommodated safely and ergonomically with all the usual functions in the vehicle's rear compartment. All jacks and ports (such as for the headphones) remain accessible. The docking station can be tilted 90 degrees. In addition, the iPad® battery can be charged via an integrated USB port by means of a charging cable.

Alternatively, a portable iPad® Rear Integration unit is available for 229 euros. This unit is also suitable for the iPad®, iPad® 2 and iPad® 3 and simply attaches to the headrest pillar. It can therefore be removed at any time.

First-class entertainment in the second row is also made possible with the Rear Entertainment System, which is available as a portable kit (1249 euros [3]) or as a permanently installed version [4]. The portable kit includes two 17.8-cm displays with an integrated DVD player with docking station, as well as two infrared headsets and an infrared remote control.

The Becker® MAP PILOT (654.50 euros [5]) provides an inexpensive navigation solution for Audio 20 CD. Advantages include integrated control via the central control element, voice output via the vehicle loudspeakers and display on the Audio 20 screen, discreet fitting in the glove box and update and add-on capability via an internet portal.

The new Mercedes-Benz telephone module with Bluetooth® (SAP) [6] also combines a number of multimedia functions. The telephone module with integrated UMTS module and direct connection to the vehicle antenna provides a fast, stable and secure connection of COMAND Online with the internet. What's more, Mercedes-Benz apps can also be used at the same time as the telephone, for example. The driver can even have text messages read aloud to them.

Of course, in terms of telematics, the accessories range also includes a variety of cradles for popular mobile phones from Apple, RIM and Nokia (from 80 euros).

For the roof and trailer tow hitch: practical transport solutions

With the Alustyle Easy-Fix II basic carrier bars for rails (229 euros), a particularly user-friendly basic carrier bar is available for the Mercedes GL. The carrier bars can be fitted to the roof in just a few steps which can easily be carried out by anyone, without special tools, namely: pre-tension until you hear a click and then tighten using the fastening lever.

The basic carrier bars can also be combined with bicycle racks or ski and snowboard racks (from 99 euros), as well as genuine roof boxes (from 375 euros). The models with a capacity of 330, 400 and 450 litres can be opened from both sides and can be complemented with practical luggage sets (from 137 euros). A further plus: the box's 3-latch locking system provides effective protection against theft.

Alternatively a rear-mounted bicycle rack for the trailer tow hitch is available and can be used to transport two or three bicycles (price: 499 and 599 euros, respectively). The rear-mounted bicycle rack can be locked and folded to a compact size when not in use.

Order in the load compartment is ensured by practical transport solutions such as a luggage net (32 euros), a boot tub (high/low version available; from 80 euros) and a special plug-in module (99 euros). These allow the boot to be partitioned in a number of ways and prevent any loads from moving around. The telescopic rods for the plug-in module are secured with floor clips along the outer edges of the cargo floor.

[1] All prices: recommended retail prices for Germany, including 19% VAT –
valid for 2012
[2] Installation costs not included
[3]Installation costs not included.
[4] For vehicles with code 866.
[5] In connection with the corresponding basic wiring (SA code 508).
[6] Only in connection with comfort telephony (code 386).


















Credits: Daimler AG

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