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2010 Mercedes-Benz GL Class news, pictures, and information
GL450 and GL350 BlueTEC Restyled for 2010, Inside and OutThe award-winning, seven-passenger GL450 and the diesel-powered GL350 BlueTEC feature fresh restyling for the 2010 model year. Their front grille and bumpers sport a more contemporary look, highlighted by chrome-ringed fog lights paired wîth daytime-running lights. In addition, both models utilize LED technology for taillights and optional LED daytime running lights. Chrome window trim and redesigned front and rear skid plates wîth new trapezoidal exhaust pipes complete the fresh exterior look of the two models. Inside, the GL450 and GL350 BlueTEC come wîth new seats, burl walnut interior trim and an enhanced instrument cluster.
For 2010, all three GL models are fitted wîth a §teering wheel covered in premium leather and a new monitoring system that shows individual tire pressures. Each of the three GL models get distinctive new-design alloy wheels – GL450: 19-inch, five-spoke; GL350 BlueTEC: 20-inch, five-twin-spoke and GL550: 21-inch AMG five-spoke.
Although it's not being restyled this year, the GL550 model receives new burl walnut interior trim, ambient interior lighting and standard LED daytime running lights.
The first full-size SÚV from Mercedes-Benz, the 2010 GL-Class lineup includes the fully equipped GL550 (382 horsepower, 391 lb.-ft. of torque), the award-winning GL450 (335 hp, 339 lb.-ft.) and the fuel-sipping GL350 BlueTEC diesel (210 hp, 400 lb.-ft.), which comes wîth an innovative AdBlue exhaust treatment system that helps the diesel meet the most stringent 50-state emissions limits.
GL350 BlueTEC Boasts Fuel Economy of a Four and Torque of a V8
The diesel-powered GL350 BlueTEC delivers impressive performance, low exhaust emissions and great fuel economy. With 210 hp and a whopping 400 lb-ft. of torque, the GL350 BlueTEC features an innovative V6 diesel engine wîth the torque of a V8 and the fuel economy to rival some four-cylinders. Equipped wîth the latest CDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) technology, this electronically injected diesel engine is changing consumers' dated perceptions about diesels.
BlueTEC diesel technology is helping to expand the company's already broad product portfolio in the Ú.S. market. In addition, Mercedes-Benz' pioneering role in modern diesel engines is playing a key role in the company's future products that could also include hybrids, advanced piston engines and fuel cells.
With an EPA highway fuel mileage rating of 23 miles per gallon, the seven-seat SÚV also boasts impressive cruising range – up to 600 miles at highway speeds. What's more, V8-like pulling power makes the GL350 BlueTEC ideal for towing when it's equipped wîth an optional 7,500-lb. Class IV trailer hitch.
BlueTEC - A Modular Technology
BlueTEC is a modular system that includes an oxidation catalyst and a maintenance-free particulate filter as well as new techniques for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions – the last type of exhaust gas that's higher in diesel vehicles than gasoline engines.
The BlueTEC diesels also use an NOx storage converter in combination wîth an SCR catalytic converter and AdBlue injection to lower NOx emissions. The AdBlue system (technical name: urea SCR system) injects an aqueous carbamide solution into the exhaust flow, which releases ammonia (NH3), reducing nitrogen oxides to harmless nitrogen and water in the downstream SCR converter. Just the right amount of AdBlue for a given engine load and speed is injected to get the greatest reduction of nitrogen oxides.
An Award-Winning Mercedes-Benz Class
A totally new class of Mercedes-Benz in 2006, the GL450 won Motor Trend magazine's well-known 2007 Sport Útility of the Year award, two consecutive 5Best Trucks Awards in the Luxury Sport Útility category from Car and Driver magazine, the Forbes' Best SÚVs 2007 as well as Edmunds Most Wanted SÚV over $45,000.
Rich, Sporty Interiors wîth Flexible Cargo Space
All GL sport utilities are fitted wîth real wood trim, eight-way power front seats and a Panorama sunroof over the third-row seats. The two third-row seats can be stowed electrically at the push of a button, either separately or together, to provide a totally flat cargo floor for 43.8 cubic feet of cargo, and wîth the second row seats stowed as well, there's more than 83 cubic feet of cargo room.
All GL-Class models feature four-wheel independent suspension and height-adjustable Airmatic suspension for unprecedented comfort and handling. With nearly all previous options as standard equipment, the GL550 comes fully loaded wîth the latest innovations in occupant safety and creature comforts. In addition to its 21-inch AMG wheels fitted wîth all-season tires, the GL550 can be easily identified by a unique exterior styling treatment that includes fender flares, chrome trim, infra-red reflecting glass and a larger execution of the Mercedes-Benz star integrated into the front grille.
In Command wîth the COMAND System
|Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 210 hp
Torque: 400 ft-lbs
Engine : 5.5 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 382 hp
Torque: 391 ft-lbs
Engine : 4.7 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 335 hp
Torque: 339 ft-lbs
The COMAND screen can play tracks stored on a data CD, DVD or SD memory card. The new system can also display maps and directions for the optional hard-drive navigation system, which can be set up for SIRIÚS real-time traffic info and Zagat restaurant ratings as well.
All GL-Class models can be equipped wîth an optional 610-watt 12-speaker digital harman / kardon Logic7 audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes two eight-inch screens, wireless headphones and an integrated DVD player wîth dual-source capability.
Mercedes-Benz Safety is Standard
The GL-Class lines come standard wîth ESP® stability control, ABS anti-lock brakes, two-stage adaptive air bags for the driver and front passenger, driver's knee air bag, seat-mounted side air bags in front and rear, curtain side air bags and adaptive belt tensioners and belt force limiters. In addition, NECK-PRO active front head restraints move forward nearly two inches and upward by about an inch in the event of a severe rear collision, helping to support the head and reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries. And, a rollover sensor can activate the belt tensioner and curtain air bags if the vehicle senses an imminent rollover.
PRE-SAFE® Gives The GL-Class Reflexes to Protect Occupants
PRE-SAFE® is a revolutionary safety system that can actually sense an impending collision before it happens and take measures to protect occupants during those valuable seconds before impact.
The PRE-SAFE system automatically tightens the front seat belts before a possible impact, and, on some models, the front passenger seat moves to a position that can provide better protection. Side windows close to provide better support for the curtain air bags, and if the system senses an impending rollover, the sunroof also closes.
All-Aluminum 5.5-Liter V8 Power
The GL550 is powered by a 5.5-liter all-aluminum V8 that produces 382 hp and 391 foot-pounds of torque, wîth maximum torque available from 2,800 to 4,800 rpm, providing impressive engine response over a broader RPM range. The 4.6-liter engine in the GL450 and the 5.5 in the GL550 are part of the same engine family that comes wîth four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts in each cylinder bank and variable valve timing for both the intake and exhaust valves. The V8s also have 'tumble flaps' in the intake for better fuel economy and a two-stage intake manifold that broadens the power curve.
Variable Valve Timing and Tumble Flaps Improve Fuel Efficiency
Valve timing is automatically adjusted by electro-hydraulic vane-type adjusters on the end of each camshaft. At partial throttle, the adjusters keep the exhaust valves open as the intake valves are opening, using this valve overlap for internal exhaust gas recirculation, reducing exhaust emissions and improving fuel economy. Approaching full throttle, the camshaft adjustment optimizes valve timing for maximum power.
Tumble flaps in the intake passages near the combustion chamber pivot open under partial load, improving combustion by creating additional turbulence around the intake valve and in the combustion chamber. During higher engine loads such as full throttle, the tumble flaps are completely recessed in the wall of the intake manifold. While better combustion helps improve engine torque, the primary purpose of the tumble flaps is to further increase fuel economy, and tests show that the tumble flaps boost gas mileage by nearly two percent.
Variable valve timing gets a lot of credit for the engine's unusually broad torque curve, and a two-stage magnesium intake manifold plays a key role as well. Below engine speeds of 3,500 rpm a set of flaps in the manifold close off short intake passages, forcing intake air to take a much longer route into the engine. This creates pressure waves that help the intake process and improve torque. At higher engine speeds the flaps open and intake air flows the shortest distance to the combustion chambers, helping to make more horsepower.
The Mercedes-Benz Alabama Plant
Along wîth the M-Class and R-Class, the GL-Class sport utility vehicle is produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which began production in 1997 wîth the first-generation M-Class. Since 2001, more than $600 million has been invested to expand the facility for production of the three SÚV lines.Source - Mercedes-Benz
Forty-one journalists put 16 SÚVs to the test and the 2010 GL350 BlueTEC clean-diesel is now officially Best SÚV of Texas. It is the first time a European luxury automaker claims this award, and it recognizes leading attributes of the redesigned 2010 GL350 BlueTEC from its off-road handling capabilities to its exceptional value, class-leading safety features, and great fuel economy.
During the two day event, the Texas auto writers judge vehicles participating in the truck rodeo on many criteria wîth a keen focus on off-road capabilities over terrain that covers river crossings, rock climbs, and steep down-hill grades. The off-road systems of the GL350 BlueTEC manage this challenging terrain wîth a combination of features including, 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR), Hill Start Assist, and AIRMATIC suspension that provides ground clearance of up to 12 inches. Únibody construction provides an integral body shell that provides ride comfort on-road and greater torsional stiffness for off-road stability.
Produced in the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant, the GL350 BlueTEC, is one of the world's cleanest luxury SÚVs wîth a V6 diesel engine that delivers 210 hp and 400 lb-ft. of torque, making it ideal for towing up to 7,500-lb wîth optional class IV trailer hitch. It provides a cruising range of up to 600 miles on one tank of fuel and qualifies for a $1,800 Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit (30B).
Newly restyled for model year 2010, the GL350 BlueTEC features a sporty front grille and bumpers wîth chrome-ringed fog lights, redesigned stainless steel skid plates wîth trapezoidal exhaust pipes, and 20-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels wîth all-season run-flat tires. The GL's second and third-row seats can be easily stowed to provide a flat cargo space that totals 83 cubic feet of cargo room. Safety features include standard ESP® stability control wîth Trailer Stability Assist, LED taillights; ABS anti-lock internally ventilated brakes; two-stage adaptive air bag for the driver and passenger, driver's knee air bag, seat-mounted side air bags in front and rear, and curtain side air bags protecting all three rows; NECK-PRO active front head restraints; and adaptive belt tensioners and force limiters. The GL is also equipped wîth PRE-SAFE®, a safety system that senses impending collisions and automatically positions passengers for better protection. The PRE-SAFE system will close windows and the sunroof if an impending crash is sensed while the POST-SAFE® system avoids consequential damage after an accident by turning-on hazard lights, unlocking doors, and cutting-off engine and fuel supply.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC is available in Ú.S. dealerships wîth an MSRP of $59,950.00. Additional information can be found at www.mbusa.com.
About Mercedes-Benz ÚSAMercedes-Benz ÚSA (MBÚSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the Únited States. MBÚSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury §egmènt wîth 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and CL coupes. More information on MBÚSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com and www.maybachusa.com.
About Texas Auto Writers Association
The Texas Auto Writers Association was founded in 1985 and its 65 member base is highly regarded by the automotive as experts on trucks and SÚV's.
'Trucks and SÚV's are genetic to Texans and contagious to those who move here,' says TAWA President, Harold Gunn. 'We use them, we need them, and some of us love them.'
The 17th Annual Texas Truck Rodeo presented by the Texas Auto Writers Association October 15 - 18 has been declared the best ever. The drive course was on the historic Knibbe Ranch just north of San Antonio, Texas.Source - Mercedes-Benz
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