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2013 Mercedes GL revealed ahead of NY Auto Show

All new model to take the fight to Range Rover...

Images and details of the new Mercedes GL-Class have leaked out onto the web ahead of an official unveiling at the New York Auto Show next week.

The massive SUV was launched in 2006 and was aimed squarely at the Range Rover end of the SUV market, offering more luxury and space than the ML. Featuring seven full seats and a decent boot, it found many fans who wanted Mercedes reliability and quality with more space than before.

The new GL takes on the styling theme seen on the recently launched new ML and scales it up with much more success. It has a much more refined look, with soft curves replacing the previous angular styling to great effect. The ML is a little less flowing, looking like the sides are too slab-like which makes the whole vehicle look top-heavy.  The shoulder line sweeps upwards and there is a more curvaceous rear end to match the new front end which features a bold grille, daytime running lights and complex headlamps. Overall it’s a very nicely resolved design which hides the bulk of the GL much better than the previous model.

Engines are expected to remain the same as the current lineup which means the GL350 CDi and GL420 CDi diesel engine variants with 215 and 305 bhp respectively. Petrol power duties are taken care of by the GL500 with its 382 bhp 5.5 litre V8.

The interior takes a step up too, with higher quality materials and quilted leather to try and ape the luxurious feel of the Range Rover.

Prices are expected to rise, but standard equipment will also be more generous to compensate. Full details will be released next week.

Images courtesy of Mercedes

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more