2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class – One of the best SUVs of its kind
October 31 2014, Mierins Automotive Group
The automaker’s 2015 GL-Class Sport Utility Vehicle is both elegant and powerful, with three rows and seating for seven passengers. It offers something for everyone, a lot of technology, and quite a bit of comfort.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has a lot of attitude, and meshes practicality with luxury, power and a striking design. Consumers may also want to consider the AMG styling package for increased visual flair.
Before stepping into the new GL, we suggest taking a look at the four models offered in the lineup: the GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, GL 450 4MATIC, GL 550 4MATIC, and the top GL 63 AMG.Whatever you choose, the GL-Class will deliver impressive power, and depending on the engine, highlights range from excellent fuel economy with the diesel engine, to increased power from the mighty 4.6-litre Bi-turbo V8 engine that generates 362 horsepower. There is even a mightier hand-built AMG 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 engine, producing 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque between 2,000-5,000 rpm. The GL 63 AMG also has a top speed of 270 km/h.
The 2015 GL-Class can feel invincible at times. The AIRMATIC suspension works wonders on uneven roads while the brakes are powerful, ensuring that the SUV will stop faster that its size may suggest. And with regards to the V8 engines, buyers can expect exceptional acceleration.
In addition, all versions of the GL-Class are equipped with all-wheel drive, and the engines are mated to a standard and sporty 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission (as the automaker has named it), which is essentially a smooth shifting 7-speed automatic that “features lowered fuel consumption,” and provides gentle gearshifts, and a reduced noise level that drivers will surely appreciate.
However, if opting for the top-of-the-line model, we suggest testing the vehicle’s AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission that comes with four drive modes that can be used via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The modes include: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus) and "M" (Manual).
Apart from the driving experience, the well-appointed interior should attract your attention, and the Easy-Entry system provides easy access to the back row your family members or friends. They will also be able to enjoy heated second-row seats, or if tired, they can look up and appreciate the wide panoramic view from the sunroof. Other features, such as climate-controlled cup holders, the Easy-Pack power tailgate, and front seats with a massage option are available, depending on the trim.
As for entertainment and communication features, an optional Rear Seat Entertainment System should keep passengers occupied. It includes headsets, two 8” LCD screens, a DVD Player and remote control. Or, consumers can take advantage of the standard surround sound system, or better yet, upgrade it to the Bang & Olufsen Performance Surround Sound System with 14 speakers. The list goes on, with satellite radio, assistive technologies that include a 360° camera and Parktronic with active parking assist, among many other elements.
Great styling, powerful engines, and a range of luxurious features are available with the 7-passenger 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Book a test drive today and push the new 2015 GL-Class to its limits!