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29 April 2013

New Mercedes GL coming May 16

If you’re fond of off-roading in Mercedes-style comfort, the new GL is just weeks away

Agasti Kaulgi
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Who says you need only bare bones and no flamboyance if you’re an off-road junkie? Merc’s hardcore off-roader, the GL, is about to get a facelift which will go on sale in India on May 16.

Mercedes has shown the all-new, second-generation GL on its Indian website with the specifications and prices. The GL is available only with a 3-litre V6 diesel mill that it has in its current avatar. The output is rated at 221bhp of power and an earth-shattering 510Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed G-Tronic auto ’box. It’s the only engine that Mercedes has listed on their website. What happened to that GL500?

On the outside, the boxy look remains unchanged albeit some added curves to slip through air better than before. The huge grille still gets two horizontal slats like the current one. The rear too goes under the knife to make it look sharper than before.

Fortunately, the decade-old insides have made way for ones that look way pleasant to eye. The new GL will get new gadgetry and an updated COMAND system (in-cabin media interface). New colour tones for the dashboard will be made available unlike the current’s all-black. Now, the panoramic sunroof extends right to the third row.

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