Now that Mercedes-Benz has officially launched the 2012 M-Class, it's time for the automaker to finish off the tweaks for its larger GL-Class crossover. It's been many moons since our trusty spy photographers have spotted the big GL out testing, but the prototypes are now back on the road, and it appears that a bit more of the matte camouflage has been stripped away.

We don't expect things to change too much from the current GL, save the addition of some new headlamps and LED taillamps. If the M-Class is anything to go off of, we can expect that both gasoline and diesel engines will make their way to the United States, likely in the same GL350 turbo-diesel V8 and GL550 V8 guises that we currently have. For the V8 model, the old 5.5-liter naturally aspirated unit will surely be swapped out for the new twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter powerplant, found in the other 550-badged Mercedes-Benz models.

Look for the updated GL-Class to debut later this year.


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      pjl35
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure this is an all-new model like the M...not a facelift. Considering the fact that you can see an all-new interior in that last shot and the greenhouse is also different.
      CJ_S4
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw one of these fully un-dressed on a Colorado highway last weekend. He was pulled over waiting for his buddies to catch up, probably getting ready for a run up and over I-70. Michigan plates and all. The front looks alot like the new M-Class, alot more swoopy and less angular. I actually like the angular chisled look of the current GL class better.
      Jamie Stark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eh....there already was a facelifted GL. Autoblog should know better. This will be the all-new model, sharing it's platform with the all-new ML, which is loosely related to the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee (leftovers form daimlerchrysler). A facelift is when a cars lights, bumpers and sometimes egines are updated, but the platorm and major hard points of the car remain the same, this allows cars to be updated roughly every 4 years rather than the 6-8 years it takes to develop an all new model.
        sk00chy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jamie Stark
        Some of these "new models" are hard to define. The W165 M-class is on the same platform as the old M-class (W164), so is the new JGC (WK2). The last JGC (WK) was also on the W164 platform to some extent. So on this new model or facelift, I guess it can be called either way because you definition of a "new model" is not met. Maybe you meant chassis number instead of platform? The W165 does go beyond your definition of a "facelift" but not quite to "new model". So maybe both terms are correct. The hardpoints did change, but the platform and most suspension parts are similar (the WK JGC had different rear suspension, so it depends on how you define "platform"). The W203 C-class was stretched slightly to the W204, but the majority of the suspension remains the same, and of course the W209 CLK and new E-class coupe come from the respective platforms, but are clearly a different chassis. Mercedes only calls it a "mopf" if the chassis number stays the same, and the new M-class does have a new chassis number (although it is arguable if it should). Not sure about what causes a chassis number change. It used to be mostly everything on the chassis was new, but that is obviously not the case any longer.
          pjl35
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sk00chy
          But the point is...none of those other MB's were referred to as "facelifts". This article is incorrect when they say the only thing that is changing is the headlights and taillights...
      TMTexas
      • 3 Years Ago
      So when is the automotive media going to start mentioning "the platform derived from the Jeep Grand Cherokee" in all the M/GL class articles? Not that accuracy is important, or anything . . .
      TheChameleon
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is the white SUV with the swoopy roof line? Is that the rumoured/confirmed ML coupe?
        pjl35
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TheChameleon
        pretty sure it's the new B class.
        Jamie Stark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TheChameleon
        If you're reffering to the white camoflaged car in the last photo, its the next gen B-class which has been spotted tesing before. The ML coupe or 'GLS' has not started teting stages yet as far as I know.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      We have a 2006 GL450 and it is an outstanding vehicle in every regard. Feels like a tank and just wafts on any surface at any speed. The perfect long distance cruiser. I just wish we waited an extra couple years for the diesel model, which would fix the car's only problem...averaging 15mpg is no fun! Glad to see Mercedes is sticking to the winning formula of diesel and SUV platforms!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        There is no comparison. The G-class is a derivative of a real military vehicle, in use 25 years in the harshest environments. It's tall, square, has a flat windshield. I like it, too; pity it's so expensive in the USA. The GL is a suburban toy, a play car for the suburban set who thinks they need AWD to get to Cosco for that Saturday sale. As for the X6, it's beneath commenting on.
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