Mercedes-Benz has upped the lux factor of its GL-class SUV with a new Grand Edition for those who feel the GL wasn’t private jet-y enough. Starting with a standard GL, Mercedes adds tinted headlight covers, high-gloss black mesh in the grille, LED daytime running lights, and 20-in wheels with a special “Himalayas gray” finish. The interior can seat seven, and pampers them with piped, two-tone leather leather seats available in contrasting black and porcelain or black and maroon. Nappa leather is available if normal cow hide isn’t classy enough; regardless of what variety covers the seats and dash, they are double-stitched in a contrasting color. Velour makes a roaring comeback as the material of choice for the Grand Edition’s floormats, which also receive Grand Edition lettering and contrasting stitching. Black ash trim is deployed throughout the interior, and is set off with warm ambient lighting.
Any available GL-class engine can be ordered to power the luxury beast, from a lowly 3.0-liter diesel V-6 all the way up to a 5.5-liter gas V-8, and Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive is standard. Supporting the Grand Edition is Mercedes’s AIRMATIC air suspension and Active Damping System. Combined with the standard Off-Road Pro package, featuring a low-range transfer case and rear and center limited-slip differentials, the rig is set to explore the worst of whatever potholed mall parking lot it is likely to face. If said parking lot happens to be on an egregious slope, Grand Edition owners can call upon hill descent control and hill start assist to keep their GLs from getting away from them.
The GL-class Grand Edition is a Euro-only model, and prices (with value-added tax included) start at $112,850 for a diesel GL350 V-6 BlueEFFICIENCY model, and rocket to $139,460 for a gas GL500 Grand Edition with the 5.5-liter V-8 at current exchange rates.Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz GL-class, special editions |