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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class doesn’t have the sheer interior volume of some premium-large SUVs, but accommodations are more than adequate for the majority of buyers. Relatively trim exterior dimensions ease parking and maneuverability, too. Any GL offers impressive power and high levels of refinement. Don’t overlook the diesel BlueTEC–it’s the least expensive model, yet is plenty powerful and remarkably fuel-frugal.
While not entirely new, Mercedes-Benz gave the GL-Class SUV a substantial freshening for 2013. The company tweaked the exterior and interior styling, it was slightly larger in most key dimensions, yet it weighed more than 200 pounds less than its predecessor. The drivetrain of the diesel-powered GL350 BlueTEC was largely unchanged. The gas-powered GL450 received a bit more power. The uplevel GL550 used a new engine, and for the first time, Mercedes’ AMG performance division gave this SUV its special high-performance treatment.
The starting points for this family of SUVs were the diesel-powered GL350 BlueTEC and gasoline-powered GL450. Save for their engines, both vehicles had identical levels of standard equipment. Included were dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats, vinyl “leatherette” upholstery, a rearview camera, split power-folding 3rd-row seat, and a load-leveling, height-adjustable suspension. Also standard was a drowsy-driver alert that Mercedes called ATTENTION ASSIST.
The uplevel GL550 added blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, front- and rear-obstacle detection, navigation system, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats with memory and massage functions, keyless access with pushbutton engine start, music hard drive, power liftgate, and steering-linked adaptive bi-xenon headlights.
Most of the 550’s standard features were available as extra-cost items on the 350 and 450, either as part of packages or as standalone items.
Other optional features included a night-vision camera, surround-view camera, heated 2nd-row seats, a power-slide function for the 2nd row designed to ease access to the 3rd row, adaptive cruise control, specific wood trim and leather upholstery, adaptive suspension dampers, and dual-screen rear DVD entertainment.
The GL63 added standard adaptive cruise control, active suspension, heated 2nd-row seats, power-folding 2nd- and 3rd-row seats, power panoramic sunroof, and a surround-view camera.
All GL-Class models included Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Optional on the GL450 and 550 was an Off-Road Package that included a 2-speed transfer case with low-range gearing for those who wished to venture off the beaten path.
The GL350 BlueTEC employed a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine. The GL450 had a 362-horsepower 4.7-liter turbocharged V8; this represented an increase of 7 horsepower over the 2012 model. GL550 also had a 4.7-liter turbo V8 but with 429 horsepower, which was 47 more than the 5.5-liter V8 offered on the 2012 GL550. The GL63 used a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 with 550 horsepower.
A 7-speed automatic transmission was standard across the board.
Maximum towing capacity was 7,000 pounds.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was as follows:
GL350 BlueTEC: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway
All but the GL350 required premium-grade gasoline. The 350 used a urea-based exhaust-treatment system that required periodic dealer maintenance.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class included a standard complement of expected and federally mandated safety features. Blind-spot alert and lane-departure warning were standard on the GL550 and optional on the GL350 and 450. All models included driver-fatigue alert.
The only news for 2014 was the addition of Mercedes-Benz’s unique Splitview dashboard display screen as an option. Splitview could project different images to the driver and front-seat passenger, for example the driver could view the navigation system’s map while the passenger watched a DVD movie.