The new German Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC received a second-generation redesign. The model is now perfect for road trips as it is a luxury SUV with an efficient diesel engine. Under the hood it hides a 3.0-liter four-valve direct-injected turbocharged diesel engine capable of generating 240 horsepower and 455 lb. ft. of torque. To transfer the output to the wheels, the model was equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission offered as standard. Together, these enable the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 8.0 seconds. When it comes to fuel consumption, the new Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC SUV uses 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Maybe larger exterior mirrors would have been better. On the other hand, the engineers have provided a 360-degree camera to ease maneuvering and other electronic elements.
It features incredible bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination and High-beam Assist. Inside we will find heated, cooled and massaging sport seats that are incredibly comfortable. For the passenger in the second row, the engineers have provided their own HVAC controls that feature a lot of air vents. It is true, the Distronic Plus is expensive, $2.800, but is a very important element the model should have. Moving on we have the autonomous radar-based adaptive cruise control capable of scanning the road up to 600 feet ahead.
The engineers have also offered Pre-Safe Brake, Active Lane Keep Assist and Active. All these prevent rear-end collisions. Here are the ups of the model, but like any other car, of course, it has its downs. For example, the iPhone interface plug is too big to fit devices with protective cases the electronic parking brake is not really intuitive. You need to push down to set and lift to release. The carmaker established a starting price of $62.400 excluding destination tax for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC.
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