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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL500 Grand Edition

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL500 Grand Edition

The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class "Grand Edition" is even more visually expressive and with an even more elegant and comfortable interior. This distinctive, new special edition of the off-roader will only be available in Europe at this time and comes as standard with a level of spaciousness and comfort that is on a par with a luxury saloon. (continued below)

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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Grand Edition: A Luxury Specification Vehicle for Off-Road Terrain

Source: Mercedes-Benz | Published: Mon May 23, 2011

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Features reserved exclusively for the "Grand Edition" designation include special light-alloy wheels with 275/50 R20 tires, high-quality, two-tone leather seats in a new design, and wood trim in black ash. The special Grand Edition model also offers an array of high-quality additional equipment and is available with all the engines in the GL-Class line-up.

The exclusive front end of the "Grand Edition" is unmistakable: dark-tinted headlamps, a radiator grille with black, high-gloss louvers and a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lamps define the special model. Light-alloy wheels in himalayas grey metallic - with a high-sheen finish also available as an option - add further exclusivity. There are other visual highlights too, such as metallic paint finishes, heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass all round, aluminum-look running boards with rubber studs, and separated exhaust tailpipe trim.

The interior of the GL-Class accommodates up to seven occupants in comfort with an exceptional level of spaciousness, creating the luxurious atmosphere you would expect from Mercedes-Benz - in this case comparable to the S-Class. For the "Grand Edition", Mercedes-Benz has refined the interior further, especially through the use of stylish materials. Exclusive appointments include two-tone seats (black/porcelain or black/maroon) in leather (or in nappa leather as an option) with a special piping design and contrasting stitching.

Likewise only available on the "Grand Edition" are door center panels, armrests and dashboard instrument panel with double-lapped felling, as well as trim and a wood/leather steering wheel in black ash.

Other high-quality appointments: comfort headrests for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, roof liner in black designo fabric, velour floor mats with contrasting stitching and "Grand Edition" lettering, "Grand Edition" badge on the centre console, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs and door sill panels in stainless steel.

Powerful and Economical Engines

The "Grand Edition" models are equipped with PARKTRONIC and any one of the available engines. The V6 diesel engine in the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC utilizes highly efficient SCR exhaust gas technology, outputs 211 hp and delivers its maximum torque of 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) at 1600 rpm. On average this engine consumes 9.0 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.

Superior power delivery and maximum smoothness are the particular benefits of the two petrol V8 models. These models also comply with the EU5 emissions standard. The 5.5-liter V8 engine in the GL 500 outputs 388 hp and delivers 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque. At 6.3 seconds, its acceleration time from a standstill to 60 mph is almost worthy of a sports car. On the GL 450, the V8 petrol engine has a displacement of 4.6 liters, outputs 340 hp and generates maximum torque of 339 lb-ft (460 Nm). It takes 7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph.

Mercedes-Benz GL500 Grand Edition: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 333 cu in (5461 cc)
Power 388 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 391 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
Redline n/a
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 275/50 R20
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 200.7 in
Width 75.6 in
Height 72.4 in
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph 6.3 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 149 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) 99,127 EUR in Germany

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