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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL redesign at the NY Auto Show
The GL-Class Mercedes-Benzes made their way to the New York Auto Show. The interior room and standard features have been upgraded, and all the available engines, including the diesel, have been tweaked.
All versions of the GL are longer, wider and taller than the previous model. The cabins feel roomier within all three rows of seating.
The GL350, GL450 and GL550 engines have more power and better fuel economy, although EPA numbers haven't been announced.
The GL350's diesel V-6 has been tweaked for an additional 30 horsepower and 55 pounds-feet of torque over the 2012 engine. The GL450 and GL550 now have twin-turbocharged V-8s under their hoods, with the GL450 making 362 hp — up 27 hp — and GL550 making 429 hp, up 47 hp.
A collision prevention system is standard among all models. When the vehicle senses an incoming collision, the system alerts drivers with audible and visual warnings and prepares brake assist to give maximum stopping effort. Also standard is an Attention Assist to alert sleepy drivers and Crosswind Stabilization to keep the GL composed in high winds. Optional equipment includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and a surround-view camera.
No official pricing has been set on any of the GL models, but look for a starting price near $40,000. Mercedes said the models will be available sometime this summer.