MERCEDES-BENZ HOLDS WORLD DEBUT OF NEW GL
Global Debut of Bold Seven-Seat Sport Utility at Detroit Show
DETROIT ? The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is making its global debut at the
North American International Auto Show in Detroit, open to the public January
14 ? 22, 2006. The highly successful auto company is poised to enter yet another
market with the all-new GL-Class, a seven-seat luxury sport-utility that will be
produced in the company?s Alabama plant along with the M-Class and R-Class.
Already offering the broadest and most diverse product portfolio in the automotive
industry, Mercedes-Benz is launching its first large sport-utility vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz Safety in a Premium SUV
The graceful body of the new GL-Class provides outstanding passive safety with a
steel unit body that incorporates a high-strength occupant cell protected by front and
rear crumple zones featuring new provisions to help reduce potential injuries to
pedestrians and cyclists. The GL comes with two-stage front air bags for the driver
and front passenger, side air bags in the front and 2nd-row seats, and curtain air bags
that span all three rows of seats.
The new GL-Class arrives in the U.S. market with a 4.6-liter, four-valve-per-cylinder
V8 engine producing 335-horsepower, a seven-speed automatic transmission and
4MATIC full-time four-wheel drive.
The GL comes with four-wheel independent suspension, speed-sensitive power
steering and 18-inch 265 / 60 all-season tires. The vehicle has a 7,500- pound Class
V towing capacity and is available with optional height-adjustable Airmatic springing
with ADS adaptive damping.
Inside, the GL is fitted with real burl walnut wood trim and power front seats as well
as two third-row seats that can be stowed electrically at the push of a button, either
separately or together, to provide a totally flat cargo floor.
In addition to the widely acclaimed Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC system, standard
features such as DSR downhill speed regulation, hill-start assist, and a special offroad
ABS algorithm can help drivers during off-road excursions. An optional Off-
Road Pro package includes a two-speed transfer case and locks for the center and rear
differentials as well as modified air suspension that can increase ground clearance to
12 inches, which also raises its low-speed fording depth to more than 23 inches.
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