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Friday, July 21, 2006

Mercedes GL 420 CDI review
After writing a great review about the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S vs. Mercedes ML 63 AMG, Auto Zeitung has done it again. This time they did a review of the all new Mercedes GL 420 CDI claiming that this is the S-class for off road driving. The GL offers comfort and a gigantic V8 diesel, which took on any challenge with outstanding results. The GL, which is based on the ML technology, is successfully being sold in the United States, but it looks like they will bring it to Europe as well. Mercedes gave its customers a couple of options in terms of engines. Besides the V8 gasoline GL 450 (340 HP, starting at 77406 euro) and GL 500 (388 HP, starting at 85898 euro), they will be offering two diesel versions for the European market: The first one is the GL 320 CDI with 224 HP (starting at 63684 euro) and the GL 420 CDI with amazing 306 HP under the hood. The GL has many features that one would only find in luxury cars, but some of the technology for offroading includes: Off-road-ABS, drive assist and an off-road control called DSR. When the DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) button is pushed, the car then helps the driver navigate through rough terrain by driving a pre-selected speed between four and 18 km/h. The GL has also the capability of being raised three stages, up to 307 millimeters of clearance. There all kinds of extra option that you can buy the GL with, some of the includes an electrically hinged third row seats (1566 euros), Bi-xenon rotating headlights (1589 euros), rear back-up camera (522 euros) and even a separate air conditioning system for the kids in the back (452 euros) etc. Even with its big size, the Mercedes turned out to be a very agile SUV that went into curves without any problems and with its ESP (can’t be turned off) it gives the driver safe handling. Overall the GL turns out to be a solid SUV that will win over customers in Europe with its two Diesel engines.
posted by Muamer Hodzic @ 7/21/2006 12:01:00 PM    
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