Wednesday 10 August 2011

2012 Mercedes GL spied with skimpy disguise

Spies have snapped the upcoming Mercedes GL SUV wearing its thinnest disguise yet. The GL was caught heading back into Mercedes' R&D centre in Stuttgart after undergoing chassis testing.

The GL will boast a similar external design to the recent ML, with a dual bar chrome grille, large wheelarches, and wraparound headlights and tail-lights. The interior will feature seven full-sized seats with the cabin mirroring the smaller ML.

Power will come from four engines; two petrols and two diesels. On the petrol front is an entry-level 402bhp (408PS/300kW) 4.7 litre V8 which will be joined by a larger 5.5 litre MoVe naturally-aspirated V8, dubbed GL550. A 255bhp (258PS/190kW) 3.0 litre V6 CDI will feature, alongside a larger 4.0 litre V8 CDI. And since the GL will be lighter than its predecessor, the GL320 CDI is expected to have CO2 emissions of less than 200g/km.

A range-topping GL63 AMG will arrive later on, equipped with a twin-turbo 5.5 litre V8 petrol, that will produce 518bhp (525PS/386kW) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque. Sales will start next year.

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