First Drive: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class|Hooniverse

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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

First Drive: 2013 GL-Class

I#8217;m sitting feet above sea level, at the immense angularity of the Taos ski unfolding upwards into the There#8217;s no snow on the ground and the sun is bright upon my back. I can visualize what a day spent or skiing might look here.

Kids would be over skis set aside on the my wallet would be $15 lighter to a mediocre hamburger, and the parking lot the lift would be filled full-size sport utility

Since it#8217;s the middle of the the lifts aren#8217;t moving and the air is of the noises associated with scrambling between the lodge and ski-in/ski-out accommodations. The parking however, is still filled a colorful variety of large All of them are wearing the same though, because each one is a new example of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz .

The three-row luxury hauler the tri-star on the grille has been and I#8217;m here in New Mexico to the key and sample the updated goods.

is understandably excited to introduce the second-generation GL to the After all, sport vehicles represent a 40-percent of the automaker#8217;s U.S. sales first-generation GL saw sales of over units between its introduction in up through the end of its run in 2012. Additionally, an average age of 48 years old, the GL is by the youngest buyer in the Benz of automobiles.

Normally, I don#8217;t get in by age-related stats unless talking about a contest to see how coeds we can cram into a GL. age figure is different though, it shows that people are onto the Benz bandwagon and they#8217;re not doing it by taking the route that is the C-Class.

So what has Mercedes-Benz done to the sub-50-year-old crowd happy? a lot, actually. The 2013 employs a load of technical over the outgoing model, the prime goal to create a environment for anyone riding

Attention Assist, Adaptive technology, an improved mbrace2 system, and Crosswind Stabilization are the sprinkled throughout the various releases discussing the new big Benz. those systems together this one package creates a that is certain to keep the motorist out of harms way. they find themselves harder than the average the optional Active Curve should help keep on track.

This system is pretty trick. Through the use of sensors, a hydraulic pump off the engine works in concert a series of valves. This team helps reduce lean. Additionally, the front and stabilizer bars are connected to actuators, which further roll and lean issues would otherwise make for a game of Lean into the Next to You.

Keeping the flat in a turn helps the remain confident through sweepers, and keeps passengers inadvertently invading the personal of others. Or worse, introducing shiny-new noses into the clean space that is the window.

Speaking of shiny and the exterior of the 2013 Gl-Class a bit of nipping and tucking. There are no changes here, but a cursory of old versus new reveals a few lines have been tightened up and the of a few upgraded touches here and The headlights look sharper the face, and the overall looks is more aggressive because the GL is one inch longer and an inch

At the initial launch of the vehicle, will offer up three the GL350 BlueTEC, GL450, and the They all look fairly on the outside, but the GL550 gets an dose of style. This in the form of a larger front-air fender flares, 21-inch stock, running boards light up, and a set of dual exhaust poking out from the rear.

By the quarter of 2013 there be another addition to the GL-Class and it arrives in the even-more aggressive of the GL63 AMG.

Sure, the of the GL is large, but that#8217;s to serve a which in this case is to enough interior space to the driver and passengers. Inside the there is room for seven Mercedes-Benz realizes that the … will be forced to sit in the way way and, thankfully, the German supplies ample room for relegated to the back of the bus.

As expect, the middle row is still a better place to be, with under a two-inch difference in compared to what the lucky two get who sit all the way up Regardless, all the seats are covered in that looks downright while it also rewards high levels of comfort and

From the driver#8217;s seat, is surprisingly good. Quite with vehicles in this you#8217;re treated to massive C and D that serve up undesirable of nothing to see here. Mercedes#8217; and engineers have kept all of in check, and the result is a large with an equally large of glass space. Visibility is solid when dealing items such as the gauge and COMMAND system.

This is Mercedes-Benz#8217;s own infotainment and it#8217;s used to control the entertainment, the Bluetooth connection, and the navigation Since we#8217;re dealing a luxury machine, I can also use to pull up real-time traffic Zagat restaurant reviews, and turn up the volume on the optional 14-speaker harman/kardon audio

The interior of the 2013 GL-Class is the automotive example of providing and passengers with a first business class, and coach breakdown. The benefit here is the coach seats are Economy

There#8217;s a similar class-based once it comes time to your powertrain poison. however, none of it involves a decision. Mercedes-Benz offers up the GL-Class in three flavors, a fourth to appear down the Both the GL350 BlueTEC and start around the same price point, while the requires you to squeeze out over more from your account.

There#8217;s no word yet on it will cost those a need for full-size speed, but the AMG pricing should be revealed in the next few months. Either way you the powertrain pie, you wind up some seriously wonderful Going back to the class it seems that the diesel and the smaller turbo V8 are variations on a class ticket.

The GL550 is class all the way#8230; and the GL63 be a private jet.

While the GL450 is certainly with its twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 It#8217;s both the diesel and that garner most of my Again, the 362 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of are nice, but I prefer both the 240 pound-feet of torque from the and the 429 horsepower/516 pound-feet of torque the GL550.

Of course, should the show up, I#8217;m ditching all of the other models faster you can say Aufrecht, Melcher, and Großaspach.

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I can#8217;t turn the tires on one just yet, I opt to spend traversing a variety of terrain in the and the GL550. The single-turbo diesel is ultra-smooth around the New Mexico and finds a perfect partner in the of the equipped seven-speed automatic. however, I notice a very lag when pressing the pedal to the to dial in more power.

I it was related to transmission kick-down or diesel turbo lag, but I remember just how high sea level we sit. The GL350 is gasping for more air.

problem is far less noticeable sitting in the GL550. I have two and a whole lot more displacement at my and the GL responds kindly to my power Like all of the other models, it too is with both the seven-speed cog swapper and the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive (GL63 will most by rear-wheel-drive only). Despite the 5,600-pound curb weight, the can run from 0-60 miles per in 5.5 seconds (manufacturer estimated).

fast, and it feels fast. It the GL350 8.3 seconds to hit the same and the GL450 needs just 6.2 The GL63?

It#8217;s supposed to make the run in a few under five seconds.

All of heft moves efficiently of which engine I choose to time with. When I read those figures I am ready to experience serious a bit of high-speed highway erraticism, a unease when maneuvering at slower Then I remember I#8217;m with an expensive luxury designed by Germans and built by (that#8217;s right#8230; this is one of the products built on our home down in Alabama).

The steering is not communicative, but I can tell where placing the nose. Stomping on the hauls in the speed quickly, and zero drama. The suspension hard to keep the ride comfortable and confident.

Mercedes-Benz planners decided to throw in a wrench, however, by introducing a bit of off-roading. Now, the GL-Class never be able to tout it possesses the same level of luxury awesome as anything Land Rover. Hell, a Grand Cherokee would be a choice if the road actually a little rough. Still, I my self bombing down trails before arriving at a decent that leaves me at the Rio Grande river.

Should a of seven find their to the chairlifts covered with or their journey to the mall place through water-logged then they can be happy to that the GL will get them to destination with ease.

The three-row sport utility is an interesting one. It#8217;s with a handful of choices all do pretty much the same Some vehicles might more interesting tech, others boast a wider of available engine choices. All of however, try to grab the attentions of buyers with a mix of curb and brand loyalty.

For years now, the Cadillac has been the go-to vehicle for desiring stylish status in a package. Now, it seems, buyers are opting instead for the subtlety of the GL. Whereas the Escalade for you to look at it, then stares you until you look away, the GL quietly into its parking the nearest Whole Foods no trumpeting of its arrival.

Still, 429 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque the hood, one could easily let the owner understand why the GL has risen to the And if you want to actually wake up inside the Whole Foods, you can use the and tow the damn building off its foundation. is where the Mercedes trumps of the competition.

 It#8217;s a brute in a and it knows there#8217;s no need to it out.

Until the GL63 of course#8230; then we#8217;re to roar.

[ Disclosure . Mercedes-Benz was so to show us the new 2nd-generation GL-Class, the automaker flew us to a beautiful Seasons in Sante Fe, New Mexico. bits of tasty food consumed, and countless (now bottles of a delightful 2006 wound up heading to the recycling ]

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