The Germans from Mercedes-Benz decided to introduce a new special edition for the current GL-Class, a package that comes with numerous attractive features that since now were available just as optionals. Even you may expect minor aesthetic tweaks, the new GL-Class Grand Edition features some advanced exterior improvements which are more appropriate for a facelift variant than a special edition.
However, the Grand Edition package manages to bring a fresh air by coming with a new front bumper that integrates daytime running LED lights, a variety of 20-inch alloy wheels, a revised larger front grille with chrome accents and smoked headlights. As we mentioned above, these improvements are some serious ones as they decided to replace some parts than slightly redesign.
Also at the exterior, the Germans extended the paint choices with few additional metallic finishes which match with the new exhaust tailpipe trim. The interior gets some extra attention as well, the Germans stuffing the cabin with a bunch of high quality and premium materials. For the beginning, a new two-color upholstery is offered while a nappa leather trim is offered as optional. Mercedes provides two choices for the new leather upholstery, we talk about black/maroon or black/porcelain trim, both available with special stitching.
The new Grand Edition also features stainless steel sport pedals with rubber studs, a new wood or leather steering wheel, a special ambient lighting system but also “Grand Edition” badges that can be found either on the console or floor mats. Mercedes-Benz released detailed information on the engine range available for the new GL-Class Grand Edition as it follows.
If the exterior and interior improvements are no longer a concern due to the long list of features, the engine range is also wide and fits all the needs either you are aiming to obtain an optimized fuel consumption or you want plenty of horsepower under the bonnet. Therefore, the entry level engine is a V6 diesel unit that delivers 211 horsepower and 539 Nm of torque. This engine is found under the bonnet of the GL 350 BlueTec 4MATIC version and is the quietest unit offered by the Germans. Moving forward, the GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY climbs the total output to 265 horsepower and 840 Nm of torque.
If this is still not enough, than you can opt for the 4.6-liter V8 offering 340 horsepower or choose the top of the range which fits GL 500, a 5.5-liter engine able to offer 388 horsepower and 528 Nm of torque. The pricing starts from €80,206 but easily climbs to over €99,000 for the most powerful version.