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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.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL
Mercedes-Benz is now offering a Grand Edition variant to all GL-Class models, adding even more luxury and comfort to their grand SUV. Additions to the Grand Edition models including front end aesthetics, 20-inch wheels and tires, two-tone leather seats and wood trim with black ash accents throughout the interior.
Just so it’s not mistaken for a standard GL-Class, the Grand Edition GL will feature dark-tinted headlights, radiator grille with black high-gloss louvres, and most importantly, a redesigned front bumper with LED daytime running lights. The 20-inch wheels are wrapped with 275/50/20 tires and can be had in a Himalayas grey metallic finish or a high-sheen finish. Minor amenities and upgrades include unique metallic paint finishes, heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass, aluminum-look running boards with rubber studs, and separated exhaust tailpipe trim.
For the inside, the seven-seater receives a two-tone leather (or Nappa leather) overhaul with black/porcelain or black/maroon as contrasting color options. The seats also feature a special piping and contrast stitching design. And exclusive to the Grand Edition are door panels, armrests and dash instrument panel featuring double-lapped felling while the steering wheel is accented in a wood/leather finish with black ash. Lastly, many of the interior pieces feature Grand Edition lettering stitching and badges.
The Grand Edition is available for the GL 350 CDI 4Matic, GL 350 BlueTEC 4Matic, GL 450 4Matic, and GL 500 4Matic. Pricing is set at $112,400 for the GL 350 CDI, $114,100 for the GL 350 BlueTEC, $128,750 for the GL 450 and $139,000 for the GL 500.