• May 23, 2011
Mercedes-Benz GL Grand Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ain't life grand? Mercedes-Benz seems to think so, as the German automaker recently introduced its Grand Edition lineup, starting with the Sprinter van, and now including the GL-Class crossover.

Available on the entire GL range, the Grand Edition adds unique 20-inch light-alloy wheels, newly designed two-tone leather seats and black ash wood trim inside the cabin. Other grandiose cues include dark-tinted headlamps, a black grille and a redesigned front bumper that incorporates standard LED running lamps for maximum bling effect.

Prices start at €80,206 for the GL350 CDI BlueEfficiency Grand Edition – about $112,716(!) based on current exchange rates – and reach as high as €99,127 ($139,292) for the range-topping GL500. Follow the jump for Merc's official press release.
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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Grand Edition - An exclusive, luxury specification for off-road terrain

Stuttgart – Even more visually expressive and with an even more elegant and comfortable interior, Mercedes-Benz presents the new GL-Class "Grand Edition". This distinctive, new special edition of the off-roader comes as standard with a level of spaciousness and comfort that is on a par with a luxury saloon. Features reserved exclusively for the "Grand Edition" designation include special light-alloy wheels with 275/50 R 20 tyres, high‑quality, two-tone leather seats in a new design, and wood trim in black ash. The special Grand Edition model also offers an array of high-quality additional equipment and is available with all the engines in the
GL-Class line-up.

The exclusive front end of the "Grand Edition" is unmistakeable: dark-tinted headlamps, a radiator grille with black, high-gloss louvres and a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lamps define the special model. Light-alloy wheels in himalayas grey metallic – with a high-sheen finish also available as an option – add further exclusivity. There are other visual highlights too, such as metallic paint finishes, heat-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass all round, aluminium-look running boards with rubber studs, and separated exhaust tailpipe trim.

The interior of the GL-Class accommodates up to seven occupants in comfort with an exceptional level of spaciousness, creating the luxurious atmosphere you would expect from Mercedes-Benz – in this case comparable to the S-Class. For the "Grand Edition", Mercedes-Benz has refined the interior further, especially through the use of stylish materials. Exclusive appointments include two-tone seats (black/porcelain or black/maroon) in leather (or in nappa leather as an option) with a special piping design and contrasting stitching.

Likewise only available on the "Grand Edition" are door centre panels, armrests and dashboard instrument panel with double-lapped felling, as well as trim and a wood/leather steering wheel in black ash.

Other high-quality appointments: comfort headrests for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, roof liner in black designo fabric, velour floor mats with contrasting stitching and "Grand Edition" lettering, "Grand Edition" badge on the centre console, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs and door sill panels in stainless steel.

Powerful and economical engines

The "Grand Edition" models are equipped with PARKTRONIC and any one of the available engines. The V6 diesel engine in the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC utilises highly efficient SCR exhaust gas technology, outputs 155 kW (211 hp) and delivers its maximum torque of 540 Newton metres at 1600 rpm. On average this engine consumes 9.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. In the GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY, the V6 engine outputs 195 kW (265 hp) and generates torque of 620 Newton metres. It consumes 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

Superior power delivery and maximum smoothness are the particular benefits of the two petrol V8 models. These models also comply with the EU5 emissions standard. The 5.5-litre V8 engine in the GL 500 outputs 285 kW (388 hp) and delivers 530 Newton metres of torque. At 6.5 seconds, its acceleration time from a standstill to 100 km/h is almost worthy of a sports car. On the GL 450, the V8 petrol engine has a displacement of 4.6 litres, outputs 250 kW (340 hp) and generates maximum torque of 460 Newton metres. It takes 7.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h.

Agile and safe both on-road and off-road

With innovative 4MATIC all-wheel drive, AIRMATIC air suspension as standard, the accurate Direct-Steer system and the Adaptive Damping System ADS, which also comes as standard, the commanding GL-Class offers impressive handling, guaranteeing excellent ride comfort coupled with outstanding active safety. While the GL cuts an imposing figure on the asphalt, it also has genuine off-road credentials. The modified AIRMATIC air suspension enables ground clearance of up to 307 millimetres. Thanks to its low-range ratio and limited-slip rear-axle and centre differentials, the standard Off-Road Pro technical package opens up considerably more possibilities on challenging terrain. Other electronic dynamic handling control systems such as Off-Road ABS, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) and Hill-Start Assist also make life easier for the GL-Class driver.

Prices of "Grand Edition" special models incl. 19% VAT:

GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY 80,206 euros,
GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 81,396 euros,
GL 450 4MATIC 91,868 euros,
GL 500 4MATIC 99,127 euros

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      OMG so much stupid in this thread. It pains me that these people's votes count as much as those with a full set of chromosomes.
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      Mercedes should only make boxee SUV/XUV they are more attractive and exclusive looking. This looks like a minivan.
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        Yeah, the Geländewagen (or G-Class) has so much more character than this thing. The GL just screams "Suburban parent in denial." It probably outperforms the Escalade in most ways (other than price) but even the Cadillac 'burban is way cooler.
        Jac Zobel de Ayala
        • 3 Years Ago
        I disagree. It's the best looking SUV out there after the Range Rover. And has more panache than the ghetto-ish Escalade.
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          @Jac Zobel de Ayala
          Agree. There is NOTHING classy or prestigious about an Escalade. It is nothing more than a ghetto cruiser with giant chrome wheels, because in America more chrome = more luxury. It is the epitome of American excess, it doesn't even do anything well other than tow. @ VenomV12 Who cares about those people. It is quickly falling out of "style" to own one of those gargantuan land yachts just as the "McMansions" of the late 90's and early 2000's have. Nothing says you have less class than to pilot one of those pieces of garbage.
      Patrick Andrews
      • 3 Years Ago
      some haters huh..ill be big ballin in my gl yo
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      if Obama was white he wouldn't catch nearly as much flack as he does, even having made every decision the same as he has. I don't support everything he had done but ignorant racism is about as retarded as the kooks who subscribed to the May 21st apocalypse nonsense. I'd love to see some of these bashers in an argument with Barack; you'd be put in your places. He is not a dumb man, and anyone who thinks he is needs to grab some common sense, learn to side step your ignorance and realize that screaming "he's a gol' dang socialist" and "he weren't born in da USA!" just because all your white trash friends think so and the fact that you're so pathetically malleable to the rants of Rush Limbaugh just makes you a moron.
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