When we caught sight of this heavily-cloaked GL-Class last summer, we thought Mercedes-Benz was just refreshing its big SUV with a cosmetic facelift and maybe a new engine. New reports seem to indicate that Mercedes-Benz may be launching an all-new, second-generation GL for 2013, however.

According to Car and Driver, the new GL will be based on the M-Class. A diesel V6 is said to be in the mix, along with the twin-turbo, 402-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 also found in the ML550. The new model will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, and should hit dealers later in the year.


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      Rollk
      • 2 Years Ago
      for anyone who cares enough to know what it'll actually look like: http://mbworld.org/forums/gl-class-x164/439531-new-clean-2013-gl-pictures.html
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      The diesel is the best way to go with these larger SUVs...the last Bluetec GL I drove got nearly 30mpg on the highway
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, I'd rather they bring the new A class over than this thing. We have to many SUVs in our market already and 95% of them are pointless since they're bought buy people who just drive them down the block to the 7/11 to pick up a 6-pack of beer. Bring over the A class!!
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        Thank you, someone finally telling it as it is.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Less interior room and lower gas mileage than the R-Class. Should sell well here.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      David Gibson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish General Motors would restore the Oldsmobile nameplate, like it was back in the late 70's. Strong, reliable well built, dependable, beautiful engines, and put Mercedes Benz out of business! Hahaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Gibson
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      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, no, another one of these SUVs. Surely logical buyers will buy a much cheaper Nissan, Toyota, or Chevrolet and be done with it. Why bother with the Mercedes?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
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      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope it looks better than a Highlander this time. Mercedes have been making bland generic looking vehicles lately. Look at the C class - it looks like the previous generation civic.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will be taking a hard look at this and can explain for the people who don't get it. Imagine you live in a house in the inner suburbs of a large city, have a couple of children and take commuter rail to work. You are not that concerned about gas mileage because you take public transit to work. You need ground clearance because the roads are S#!+ and thanks to fiscal mismanagement won't be fixed any time soon. You have a couple of kids and shop in bulk at BJs or Costco so you need space, plus the occasional trip to Ikea and CostCo. And because you make a good income you feel you have earned a little luxury. And you want to get to 60 in less than 7 seconds because acceleration is a safety feature (plus it feels good). So yes, I will be looking at this against the next Q7, X5, possibly the Q56 and the redesigned Escalade when it comes out.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        You're going to park the thing at the rail station, on weekends take it to Cosco, and live somewhere where the potholes would swallow a Smart? Buy a cheap SUV or mini-van. What a doofy idea to buy an expensive crossover for these uses.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
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        AMG THIS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Test it against the Durango R/T (same platform)
        citidriver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        That's quite a scenario you portray. Bad roads, always carrying a lot of stuff and family, need to accelerate out of unsafe situations, poor local government. Thank goodness MB is building this truck. Also, X5 for all that stuff you need a large SUV for? Hmmm, that or an Escalade, decisions, decisions, hmmm. BTW, handling is a safety feature (more important than acceleration), too, and minivans can go just as fast handle better and carry more stuff; of course, not for you. But admit it, you just want a big SUV, nothing wrong with that and no need to justify it, just enjoy, you've earned it.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @citidriver
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        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        @Richard You made an excellent argument for buying a Lexus RX or Infiniti JX.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
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          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          @ SVX pearlie All right - Lexus GX and Infiniti JX
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      please don't **** it up like you did with the ML
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