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Mercedes New Diesel Variants to Come 29
Posted by Alex Ion in 4Matic AWD, Automotive News, C-, E, GL, GLK, GLK250 BlueTec, M-, Merc, mercedes, R, S-, S350 BlueTec on 01 29th, 2011

As part of plans to bring eight diesel engine variants in the U.S by 2014, Mercedes will be adding the GLK250 BlueTec to the existing range of E-, M-, GL- and R- class models. Also on offer in the near future would be a diesel S class. We might also see an upgraded 2012 C class in September, but its diesel version could take at least another year.

Adding the S-, C- and GLK- class to the fray only counts to 7 models and when asked about the eighth model, a Merc spokesperson has been quoted as saying that there was plenty of time till 2014. Guess it will be a new model; small front-wheel-drive perhaps!

The S350 BlueTec will have the popular 3.0 Liter turbo-diesel V6 engine that is in Mercedes’ other flagship diesel models across the U.S. It will have 4Matic AWD and will reach dealers in 2011 fall.

The European GLK crossover gets the 2.1 Liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine developing 204 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, with minor changes and possibly tagging a GLK250 BlueTec name it should soon make it to the U.S.

The much awaited crossover could return 30+ mpg on highways, do the 0-60 mph sprint a shade under 8 seconds and reach 213 Km/h (132 mph).

Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GL Caught On Spy Cam 21
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, GL, GL-Class, mercedes, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes GL on 07 21st, 2010

The next-generation Mercedes- Benz GL has surfaced in the form of spy pictures. Clicked by an enthusiast from outside a development center in Southern Germany, the GL prototype caught on cam appears to belong to the wagon/ SUV family.

2012 Mercedes GL-Class

The front-end design has similarities with the current E-Class and the GL is expected to be built on a stretched version of the next generation ML platform. The car, going by the pictures, is expected to come sporting LED daytime running lights on the bumper; while there will be compact light clusters for the taillights. A wider grill and a more aerodynamic nose would add to the charm.

2012 Mercedes GL-Class 3
2012 Mercedes GL-Class 2
2012 Mercedes GL-Class

Merc is likely to stay with the engines that were earlier part of the ML SUV. This could mean that the 3.0 and 4.0 liter diesels as well as the 5.5 liter gasoline/petrol engine coupled to the brand’s 7G-Tronic (7-speed) transmission would remain. Likely to arrive sometime in late 2012, the next-gen GL would be model to look out for. [via WCF]