The sleek looking Mercedes Benz GL Class 350 CDI Blue Efficiency is one of the variants in GL Class series and it is doing quite well for the company in terms of sales. This luxury trim is powered by a sophisticated V6, 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is linked to a 7G Tronic automatic gearbox. This SUV is blessed with sophisticated safety aspects and with innovative comfort features such as an easy entry system, temperature controlled cup holders, rear seat entertainment system and so on. One of the most important aspect of this SUV is its active curve system that comes incorporated with active stabilizer bars. It will reduce the rolling motion of the vehicle and enhances the comfort for occupants when cornering. Another most important aspect about this SUV is its night view assist plus system that features an infrared camera, infrared headlamps and an on-board computer to analyses the images. This advanced system helps the driver to recognize pedestrians earlier in dark by showing the images on the central display of COMAND online system.
This Blue Efficiency trim has a bold front facade, sleek side facet and a lustrous overall profile, all together gives it an intimidating look. To begin with its rear, it has a boxy structure fitted with a large taillight cluster that is further incorporated with LED lights. It surrounds a plain boot lid that is equipped with a thick chrome plated strip along with a chrome plated company's badge. The rear profile also has a distinctly designed bumper that is further fitted with aluminum protective cladding along with reflectors. On top of the windscreen, there is a spoiler that is accompanied with a third brake light, which enhances its SUV appeal. Coming to the front, it comes fitted with a rugged design bumper that is designed with a large air dam and a pair of air ducts. The company has equipped LED fog lamps to the air ducts, while fitting an aluminum protective cladding under the bumper. Just above the grille, there is a large radiator grille that comes fitted with a pair of chrome plated louvers, which are embossed with the company's logo. This grille is surrounded by a large headlight cluster incorporated with bi-xenon headlamps along with LED daytime running lights, which gives an intimidating look to the front. The side profile of this SUV has expressive lines and design, which explains about the build quality achieved by the car maker. Here, its window sills have been garnished with a lot of chrome, while its ORVM caps and door handles are in body color. It is also equipped with aspects like roof rails and side stepper, which adds to its ruggedness.
The interiors of this Mercedes Benz GL Class 350 CDI Blue Efficiency trim are very spacious and there is an extensive use of leather that gives a luxuriant finish inside. It comes with a dual tone Brown open-pore ash wood color scheme, which gives a classy look to the interiors. The company is offering a choice between Artico Black and Artico Almond Beige leather upholstery for covering the seats. The backrest angle of the seats, along with its cushion, length and height are fully adjustable, which offers a high level of comfort, even on longer trips. The second row is fitted with 60:40 split folding seats that provides an easy access to the third row seats. In a bid to improve comforts, the car maker has installed a thermotronic 3-zone luxury automatic climate control unit that keeps the ambiance pleasant. This SUV also comes with a rear seat entertainment system with two high resolution 17.8cm TFT screens with inbuilt AUX-In, SD card slot and USB connectivity that allows the passengers of all ages to watch their favorite videos, images and play games.
Engine and Performance:
This Blue Efficiency trim is equipped with a sophisticated V6, 3.0-litre diesel engine that displaces 2987cc . This power plant is incorporated with 6-cylinders, 24-valves and a turbo charging unit. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with piezo injectors that unleashes a maximum power of 258bhp at 3600rpm and generates 619Nm between 1600 to 2400rpm. All the wheels derive the torque output from the engine through an advanced 7G-Tronic automatic transmission gearbox. This engine enables the vehicle to achieve a top speed of 220 Kmph, while reaching the 100 Kmph mark in just 7.9 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
All four wheels of this SUV have been equipped with high performance ventilated disc brakes that delivers reliable performance. The company has also incorporated anti lock braking system along with anti slip regulation function, which will reinforce the braking mechanism. In addition to this, the manufacturer has also incorporated electronic stability program, which analyses the data in collaboration with ABS and influences braking of individual wheel . On the other hand, it is blessed with an airmatic air suspension system that ensures 50:50 power distribution and increases the driving stability.
This Mercedes Benz GL Class 350 CDI Blue Efficiency trim is associated innovative comfort features that provides next level of luxury to the occupants. It is incorporated with a Thermotronic automatic air conditioning system that regulates the air temperature inside and keeps the cabin pleasant. It is also blessed with an active parking assist with PARKTRONIC that automatically finds the suitable area and parks the vehicle where the driver is only required to use the accelerator and brakes. This trim features a sophisticated COMAND online system that is integrated with a 10GB hard disc and features a navigation system with maps function and has an internet browser as well. It also has a 7-inch touchscreen that is ergonomically placed and equipped with all telematic controls. Apart from this, the manufacturer is also offering several other innovative features including rear seat entertainment and temperature controlled cup holders.
Coming to the safety aspects, this luxury trim is blessed with advanced safety aspects including Baby-Safe Plus II child seat, night view assist plus system, an anti-theft protection package and an active curve system, which ensures unparalleled protection to the car and to the passengers as well. In addition to these, the car maker has also incorporated the attention assist system, airbags , seat belts and pre-safe aspects.
1. A stylish SUV with sophisticated safety and comfort features.
2. Spacious from inside with ample room for all occupants.
1. Price range is higher than other competitors.
2. Maintenance and spare parts cost is expensive.
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