The Mercedes Benz GL Class is one of the German carmaker’s biggest and most luxurious product, but it seems that’s not enough, because the company has recently announced an even more exclusive special edition, called the GL-Class Grand Edition, featuring several interior and styling upgrades.
On the exterior, the big SUV features a restyled front bumper with LED daytime running lamps, dark-tinted headlamps and new high-gloss black accents for the radiator grille. Other visual upgrades include metallic paint finishes, aluminum running boards, laminated glass with infrared-reflecting and heat-insulating role and a set of special “Grand Edition” light alloy wheels finished in Himalayas Grey Metallic, plus a special exhaust tailpipe trim.
As for the interior, if you thought the interior on the regular GL is luxurious, wait until you see what’s inside the “Grand Edition”. The seven passengers will enjoy even better materials with two-tone leather used on the seats (combinations available are black/maroon and black/porcelain), Nappa leather also available, special contrasting stitching, black ash colored steering wheel made from a wood and leather combination and softer materials for the armrests and door center panel. The exclusive interior look is completed by comfort headrests for front passengers, velour floor mats, ambient lighting, brushed stainless steel pedals and black Designo fabric for the roof liner. Of course, like most special editions, “Grand Edition” name plates can be found in several places in and out of the car, including the floor mats and central console.
The “Grand Edition” package will be available for all the engines in the GL-Class range, which means customers will be able to choose the 211 hp (155 kW) V6 diesel on the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, the same V6, but with an increased power output of 265 hp (195 kW) and 620 Nm of torque from the GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY, which takes only about 9 liters of gasoline for each 100 km (around 27 US mpg). Also available are petrol engines, such as the 5.5-liter V8 monster from the GL 500, which delivers 388 hp (285 kW) and 530 Nm of torque, meaning the car sprints from stand to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds and the 4.6-liter V8 on the GL 450, that delivers 340 hp (250 kW) and 460 Nm of torque.
Of course, being an SUV, the Mercedes GL Grand Edition also sports all the manufacturer’s off-road technologies, such as the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, the AIRMATIC air suspension, the Adaptive Damping System and the Direct-Steer system, plus Downhill Speed Regulation, Off-Road ABS and Hill-Start Assist.
In Germany, the Mercedes Benz GL Grand Edition will be priced from 80,000 Euros ($115,000) for the GL 350 BlueEFFICIENCY and up to a little less than 100,000 Euros ($143,000) for the GL 500 (all prices include taxes).