SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class shows more of its beefy stance
The next generation GL-Class will be a consistent evolution of the present model, as suggested by the latest spy photos captured in Stuttgart.
The front fascia combines influences from the newest cars launched by the German constructor. The 2-slat grille is now bigger and sportier and the newly-shaped headlights with LED lighting system installed will certainly attract a lot of views. Seeing the side profile, it's not hard for one to tell that the future GL has grown in length and overall size by up to some valuable centimeters, which should make a tangible difference compared to other SUV competitors. Designers have been busy finishing an elegant back end for the muscular 4x4, judging by those generously-dimensioned, yet harmoniously-styled tail lamps which also incorporate LED to add up to a sensational light show when lit up.
For its new GL-Class, Mercedes-Benz has prepped a complete range of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines. By far, the most visible of the lineup will be the V6 and V8 modular powerplants, boasting peak outputs ranging from 306 up to 435 hp. We also expect an upgrade for the 3.5-litre direct-injection gasoline unit beginning with next year, which means no more 306 hp, but likely 354 hp. For the first time in history, a GL model will also be transformed into a hardcore "truck" with the help of Mercedes-AMG, which currently puts the forthcoming GL 63 AMG to numerous endurance tests. The 5.5-litre twinturbo V8 with 544 hp (571 hp with the Performance Package fitted) will be in charge of powering this crazy SUV.
When launched, the new GL-Class will showcase the latest assistance systems developed by Mercedes-Benz, such as PRE-SAFE, ATTENTION ASSIST, Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Blind Spot Assist, BAS PLUS and so on. To ensure a good dose of tout-terrain capability, clients will be able to equip their new SUV with the ON&OFFROAD Package, premiered on the new M-Class. Moreover, the future GL will display a full array of state-of-the-art media and communication technologies: COMAND Online with internet access, a spacious hard-disk drive for storing your maps and other digital files, an exquisite harman/kardon Logic 7 premium audio system, a DVD entertainment device for the rear-seating passengers and the list could continue.
The Stuttgart-based carmaker has programmed the official premiere of the new GL-Class after mid-2012, just in time for next year's Paris motorshow, while sales in Europe are bound to start during fall. Americans will have to wait a bit longer, as the upcoming GL is tipped to hit US showrooms beginning with early 2013.
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Photos: Motor Authority
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