by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

REPORT: New York Motor Show 2012 hosts the premiere of the new GL-Class (X 166)

During the same interview in which the 2013 demise of the R-Class for the States was announced, MBUSA spokesman Christian Bokich has also confirmed the new generation GL-Class is programmed for world debut at NYIAS 2012. The executive SUV follows a simple, yet effective recipe: more spacious, more powerful, more efficient and more elegant. The exterior was styled in terms with the current design philosophy, whereas the interior holds a deep resemblance with the M-Class (W 166). For the GL 'X 166' series, Mercedes-Benz has prepared a load of helpful safety and dynamics systems, as well as a comprehensive lineup of frugal engines. The top diesel choice is the GL 350 CDI with 265 hp, whereas the high-end GL 500 will be powered by the 4.7-litre biturbo V8 petrol unit probably rated at 408 hp, not 435 hp (just like the ML 550 for the U.S. market only). The GL 63 AMG pinnacle variant will be introduced by summer 2012 and will boast no less than 525 hp of peak output.

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