While Mercedes-Benz’s GL-Class isn’t short of luxury, the automaker has presented a new variant called Grand Edition that caters to the needs of buyers desiring a little extra opulence. The packaged adds numerous features, including 20-inch special light-alloy wheels, two-tone leather seats with a new design and wood trim in black ash.
Cosmetically, the GL-Class Grand Edition sports a re-trimmed front end with blacked-out headlights, a new bumper with integrated LED daytime running lamps and a larger grille with black, high-gloss background and chromed bars. The grey metallic rims match the aluminum-look running boards, the front underbody protection panel and the separated exhaust tailpipe trim.
Inside, the Grand Edition receives various new features such as two-tone leather seats with special piping and contrasting stitching, leather-covered door center panels, armrests and dashboard, plus black ash wood trim on the door panels, dashboard and steering wheel. The more exclusive atmosphere is rounded off by the ambient lighting, the black designo fabric roof lining, velour floor mats, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel and "Grand Edition" badge on the center console.
The GL-Class Grand Edition is available with all engines, from the V6 gasoline and diesel units in the GL 350 BlueTEC 4Matic (211HP) and GL 350 CDI 4Matic (265HP) to the V8 petrol units in the GL 450 (340HP) and GL 500 (388HP). All models are fitted with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system, Airmatic air suspension, Direct-Steer system and Adaptive Damping System.
Prices in Germany start from €80,206 ($112,200) for the GL 350 CDI Grand Edition, while the top of the range GL 500 Grand Edition has a base price of €99,127 ($138,700).
By Dan Mihalascu