Mercedes Benz, the automobile giant of the world has introduced the latest SUV in the Indian automobile market. This new generation Mercedes Benz GL Class is considered to be a runaway hit for the organization and there has been a steady demand among the Indian car buyers of this segment. Presently, it is available as a 7 seater SUV performance edition. This new Mercedes Benz GL Class is the right SUV for those who wish to enjoy the comfort of an S class paired with best off road capabilities.
Besides having all of the AMG traits, the 7 seater is said to house twin turbo 5.5 liter, V8 AMG engine that has power output of 557 bhp with maximum torque of 760 Nm. Moreover, the engine has been coupled towards AMG 7G TRONIC gearbox and AMG Speedshift Plus. The huge V8 AMG, 5.5 liter engine does enable the vehicle to undertake 0 – 100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds with electronically top speed of about 250 kmpl. This vehicle is disclosed to be against competitors like Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Range Rover Sport.
Mercedes Benz GL Class is rather a luxury, high end SUV that has been designed by the popular German luxury automobile manufacture that is performing exceptionally well in the Indian circuit. The first generation had been introduced way back in 2006 with few engine choices. Very recently, manufactured had rolled out Merc GL Class new version having various changes being made to the interiors and the exteriors. There are two different variants available currently in the series, which are the 63AMG and the 350CDI Blue Efficiency. The diesel variant has been equipped with V6, 3.0 liter engine, coupled along with 7G TRONIC+ auto transmission gearbox. AMG trim has been equipped with 5461cc petrol engine that produces optimum power of about 557 bhp and 760Nm torque output. Furthermore, the manufacturer also claims that AMG version is undoubtedly is a highly powerful SUV in the segment. Both the variants boast of having similar body structures and feature distinctively crafted exterior aspects.
Style And Design
The Mercedes Benz GL Class has an exterior that does leave the viewer amazed and to look in awe. GL63 AMG tends to retain the GL Class of body styling. But the styling is stepped up for matching with AMG standards. It also avails V8 bi-turbo badging, diffuser styling present at rear and front, quad pipe exhausts, air scoops in bonnet, AMG badging and stylish alloy wheel.
Fascia of this Mercedes Benz GL Class variant appears beefed up because of bigger front grille, but retains headlamps of the previous versions with LED strakes much similar to the prevailing Mercedes Benz styling. AMG section officially is owned by the Mercedes Benz owned segment and new products have been rolling out from the section. Initially, the SLS AMG was introduced and now one awaits the AMG GT. Rear bumper of the Merc GL Class is provided with vents and some chrome finish given on rear and front diffuser. Also, there is a spoiler present at the GL63 back, including chrome strip on Day-Light Opening. The Chrome rails tend to run along the roof of GL63 AMG.
Overall, the latest variant of Mercedes Benz GL Class does have a sporty appearance, since it gets exclusive off road package styling. The regular trim also boasts of having decent appearance and feature conventional aspects. Rear profile of the vehicle is given a masculine stance due to the presence of wide bumper that is designed along with several perforated air ducts. Furthermore, it has been fitted with reflector pair and highly protective underbody guard for offering additional safety. There is a large taillight cluster, which is equipped with turn indicators and LED brake lights. Rear windscreen is has a concave structure and accompanied with roof spoiler having LED 3rd brake light. The small tailgate has a skilful decorative appearance having thick chrome strip found right above license plate. It adds to the elegance of the vehicle and gives it a luxury appearance. The SUV does have a lustrous side profile stance that is sleek. The diesel variant’s wheel arches are fitted with classy 5 twin spoke, 19” alloy wheel set, while the petrol variant has been provided with 21” AMG alloy wheel set having high sheen, titanium grey finish. The door handles and external wing mirrors are of body color and windows sill enclosure is treated with chrome. Besides this, the SUV also has been fitted with silver-satin roof rail pair that enhances the urbane appeal.
A major highlight of the Mercedes Benz GL Class is the intimidating front façade. This is because of the presence of trademark radiator grille. Apart from it, there are two horizontal positioned louvers that are embedded further with the company’s logo. The headlight clusters are elegantly designed and equipped with LED daytime lights plus adaptive bi-xenon headlamps. Front bumper is big and has been designed with huge perforated air intake segment with air duct pair. There is LED fog lamps fitted to it that dazzles its front façade. The bumper has been fitted with aluminum protective guard that offers extra safety to all the occupants. The manufacturer is offering the petrol variant with AMG kit that features illuminated running boards having rubber studs, rear and front aprons, AMG sport exhaust techniques having two chromed tailpipes and wheel arch flaring.
The total length of the Mercedes Benz GL Class vehicle is 5120mm, with width being 1934mm. The length of GL63 trim is 5146mm, with width being 1982mm. Both the variants boast of having similar heights of about 1850mm, with 3075mm of wheelbase. The manufacturer has provided the buyers with plenty of color options to select from like Polar White, Cavansite Blue Metallic, Palladium Silver Metallic, Cinnabarite Red Metallic, Diamond White Metallic Bright, Citrine Brown Metallic, Calcite White, Iridium Silver Metallic, Tenorite Grey Metallic, Black, Pearl Beige Metallic and Obsidian Black Metallic.
Cabin And Interiors
GL63AMG interior styling is considered to be much similar to GL Class. Instrument panel design has plenty of AMG touches for differentiating it from conventional GL Class. There are plenty of AMG badging, instrument clusters having higher speed and AMG 4 spoke steering wheel.
The material quality that is used in Mercedes Benz GL Class is much better than what is present in the GL Class. There are several brownies such as warming and cooling cup holders, seat warmers and CV, 360 camera for better parking, and much more. Also, there is ample space present for all the occupants of the vehicle to be comfortable. The last can be electrically folded, while the middle row needs to be folded manually. The spacious SUV has a headroom area of 1046 mm with 1485 mm and 508 mm leg room as it is designed with a long wheelbase. The second row has a head space of 1015 mm, leg room of 727 mm and shoulder room of 1482 mm and the back cabin is bestowed with head space of 988 mm, shoulder space of 1282 mm and leg room of 458 mm. In addition, the boot compartment is large and can be extended to 1252 liters when you fold the seats in the third row. You can increase the boot space further when you fold the second row seats to make it 2300 liters. This also indicates that the new GL is spacious, wider and bigger than its earlier siblings.
Mercedes Benz GL Class can host seven passengers with great comfort. There is a trendy cockpit having well carved dashboard that includes center fascia. Moreover, it has been equipped with sophisticated equipments such as auto AC unit, infotainment system, storage compartment and instrument cluster. Besides this, the cockpit is completely furnished and has well cushioned seats having premium leather Nappa upholstery. The seats in the petrol variant of Mercedes Benz GL Class does have AMG badge and is covered with exclusive design leather upholstery. There is also memory setting for the front seats. The steering wheel is of four spoke having flat bottomed design and is multi-functional. The trim is also bestowed with various styling factors like ambient lighting system, door sill panels having brushed stainless steel and AMG floor mats. The third and second rows are quite furnished having bench seats, while the second row seat boasts of having split folding function of 60:40 ratio. The manufacturer also had made a point to include several essential features such as rear seat entertainment, COMAND Online system, illuminated vanity mirrors, accessory power sockets along with various storage spaces.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The GL350 CDI has got V6, 3.0 diesel engine, while the GL63 AMG has derived V8, 5.5 liter bi-turbo petrol engine, which produces power of 557bhp and peak torque of 760Nm. The powerhouse of Mercedes Benz GL Class does produce great power and turbo lag is not felt. The push that is produced by the V8 engine is huge. GL63 AMG does not require any kind of downshifts to overtake in the highway or city. It does come mated to self shifting, 7 speed transmission. Having such power, how quickly the transmission shifts does not matter. Upshifts are quite smooth and not much lag is present when there is required to downshift. The SUV comes in three modes, which are manual sport and comfort. The latter is where all the things are relaxed to have regular driving, while in sport there is improvement in throttle response, shifts being closer to redline. The manual does not have any shifts until there is upshift or the vehicle is engaged in lower gear having paddles.
The 7G TRONIC+ auto transmission gearbox present in the GL 350CDI trim helps the sedan to zoom at top speed of about 220 kmph and accelerates from 0 – 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds. GL63 AMG variant is able to breach 100 kmph from 0 in 4.9 seconds. Also, it can achieve electronically limited speed of about 250 kmph.
Efficiency in Mercedes Benz GL Class is something that the buyers do not need to worry. Petrol engine has been integrated with direct fuel injection technique and can produce minimum mileage of around 7 kmpl within the city and 10 kmpl maximum on highways. The diesel counterpart has 3rd generation rail fuel injection system that features high pressurize piezo injectors. These enable the motor in producing 9 kmpl on city roads and 12 kmpl on the expressways.
The GL63 is undoubtedly an AMG and could be driven with better handling around a track. The ride quality is fine on rough roads and does not make the passengers stiff. Suspension is wonderful as most jolts and road shocks are ironed out. Not much of a difference exists between GL63 AMG and the regular GL while riding.
Handling of GL63 is quite similar to other AMGs. Despite the dimension, there is not much body roll and the steering wheel is also quite good. Suspension could be lowered and raised to enjoy different types of driving. Brakes are excellent in Mercedes Benz GL Class and there is no spongy feeling of the pedal. Suspension could be adjusted in both sport mode and comfort mode.
The SUV has been provided with proficient braking mechanism fitted with ventilated discs in the front and at the rear with perforated disc brakes. Furthermore, it is integrate with electronic brake-force distribution, anti-slip regulation and anti-lock braking system for improving braking mechanism. Besides this, the vehicle has been equipped with electronic stability program to collaborate with ASR and ABS for keeping the vehicle stable.
Numerous advanced protective features have been incorporated in the cabin of Mercedes Benz GL Class that offers excellent safety to all the occupants. There is active curve system that features stabilizer bars and helps in diminishing the vehicle’s rolling motion. Also there are interesting features such as anti-theft protection package, cross wind assist, night-view assist, downhill speed regulation, attention assist system and baby safe plus-II child seats. It has 3 point seat belts, active head restraints, airbags along with other sophisticated features.
The manufacturer has been offering GL Class 350CDI trim with stylish set of 5 twin spoke, 19” design alloy wheels having titanium silver finish. It is enclosed with radial tubeless terrain capable tyres having size 275/55 R19, for providing wonderful grip on the roads. The petrol variant has been provided with 5 twin spoke AMG styled alloy wheels having 21” size. It is enclosed with tubeless radial tyres of 295/40 R21 size.
Mercedes has always been a world class automobile manufacturer that is looked with great respect by the Indian buyers. The Mercedes Benz GL Class is practical in its approach and it qualifies well in terms of a rugged SUV that offers a comfortable and luxurious ride. This sturdy vehicle is designed to offer a better ride on tarmac and munch on many miles effortlessly. GL63 AMG is performance oriented and wonderful both off and on the road. The driving is good off the road, having low torque, better ground clearance, and powerful while riding on tracks and the road. The ex-showroom Delhi price of 63 AMG is Rs. 1,69,90,000, while that of 350 CDI Blue Efficiency is Rs. 74,90,000.