Management from Gaydon and Crewe will be taking a close interest in the all-new GL. Mercedes’ over-large SUV has never been a sales success in Europe, so the market’s reaction to a new-generation version, nearly 100kg lighter than its predecessor (yet even bigger) will be an interesting one for the makers of the new Range Rover and Bentley 4x4.
In its customary, superlative-laden press material on the new car, Mercedes promises “S-Class ride comfort with pioneering driving dynamics – on the road and off it.”
It’s clear, though, that the latest GL 7-seater is a limousine in all but name, with four-wheel-drive capability for North American winters.
Expect to see a fleet of all-black GLs at music awards ceremonies worldwide, then.
Two versions will be available at launch, a 258bhp ‘GL 350’ V6 diesel (actually 2,987cc) and a 408bhp ‘GL 500’, with a 4,663cc petrol V8.
The car will be available in the UK later this year. Reports on 1st April that the Stuttgart company had developed an innovative photochromatic solution to embedding a green, Transport for London Public Carriage Office mini-cab sticker in the windscreen were neither confirmed nor denied by Mercedes.