• Apr 2, 2012
The New York Auto Show is right around the corner, so let the embargo-break-a-palooza begin. Ahead of its official unveiling later this week, a few images of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class have leaked onto the web, and if you're familiar with Merc's new design language, the updates to the big GL will come as no surprise.

Up front, the new headlamp design seen on the SLK and SL has translated to the GL, complete with LED running lamps flanking each side above large air intakes. The design almost looks AMG-like, and while we never truly warmed to the design of the current GL, we like the looks of this 2013 model. The interior design hasn't changed too much, though we're sure that nicer materials and more up-to-date tech are on tap.

As of this writing, no official powertrain details have been released, though we don't expect them to change a great deal from the current model. We'll likely see a GL350 Bluetec model fitted with the delicious 3.0-liter diesel V6, as well as a GL550 with Merc's new twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 underhood. Seven-speed automatics will surely be offered with either engine, and all of the power will be sent to the ground via 4Matic all-wheel drive.

We'll have the full suite of official details and images later this week, as well as live impressions direct from the New York show. Stay tuned.


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      Michael C.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't tell if this is a refresh or a complete overhaul. Someone clarify please?
        Cat Zura
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael C.
        Yes it's an all-new model. Look closely at the door panels, protrusion over the rear wheel arch and C-pillar (these elements don't change in a refresh). Also it's based on the latest ML which is an all-new platform. That said, it is a very evolutionary design and can easily be mistaken for the last-gen version at first glance.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like a the old model with new light. the daytime running lights in the headlights look like a aftermarket Audi look. But I do like those diamonds stitched seats.
      refCars
      • 2 Years Ago
      you dislike my previos comment? here is photoshop compare: http://refcars.com/img/GL_vs_ML.jpg . All lines are identical.
      TheIgnitionBlog
      • 2 Years Ago
      that interior is fantastic... the exterior; not so much.
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TheIgnitionBlog
        I agree - the rear portion of the exterior looks seriously "overweight" or something that belongs to a minivan.
      Alex740
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never thought this was an attractive SUV, even less so after driving one, based on these updates still don't and I imagine most people I see driving them here in CA bought it for the emblem and no other reason.
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      S40Powered
      • 2 Years Ago
      headlights are very BMW-mish. I really like this!
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely stunning. Best redesign I've seen in a long time.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      ill take one!
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love MB's new design language with the headlights
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't it get the new uglier corporate grille, like the SL/SLK/CLS? BD
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those seats are pretty awesome. But YELLOW interior lighting? Did we use up all the other colors or something?
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