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This year the 5.5-liter V8 that sat in the 2012 GL550 will be replaced by the 4.7-liter V8, but if last year’s sales are any indication, many customers will look to the more efficient GL350 BlueTEC. In 2012, 40 percent of customers opted for the less-thirsty version over both the 4.7-liter and 5.5-liter V8s.
The middle-ground GL450 shares engine displacement with it’s top-of-the-line sibling, but has 362 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque to the GL550′s 429 hp and 516 lb-ft, meaning there will still be significant performance differences between the to despite the axed 5.5-liter V8.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL is awaiting its official debut later this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and today, photos of the German SUV have leaked onto the web – from the same source that is responsible for the rest of the leaks, autoforum.cz.
The GL is based on the M-class platform and shares much of the same styling, although the GL has a much more angular look. New LED headlights and daytime running lights are included on the GL to keep it in line with the rest of the Mercedes product family. The rear end has grown boxier and the overall look of the vehicle is much more square and pronounced, unlike the ML which is smoother and rounder.
The engine choices will likely be a 3.0-liter turbo diesel producing 302 hp and 273 lb.-ft., or a 4.7-liter V8 gas engine that makes 402 hp. All engines will probably be mated to a seven speed transmission and offered with all wheel drive.
Watch for our live coverage of the 2012 New York Auto Show this week.