Brand new for the 2007 model year, Mercedes will debut the Tuscaloosa, Alabama built GL450, which will augment their SUV line up. Even though the G-Wagon will not be sold in Canada for 2006, the GL does not officially replace the G-Wagon worldwide.
This is a big SUV at 5,088-millemetres or 200.315 inches of overall length and 3,075-mm or 121.063inches in the wheelbase; this makes the seven-passenger GL450 larger than a regular wheelbase Cadillac Escalade.
Interior cargo room is a strong point with a power folding third row of seats to yield 43.8 cubic feet of cargo room. With the centre row of seats folded away, a long, flat floor produces 81.2 cubic feet. The overall distance or the cargo area in this configuration is 2,128 mm or 83.78 inches.
The GL is powered by all-new 4.6L, 32-valve, twin-cam V8 producing 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the potent new engine are a 7 speed automatic transmission and the Mercedes 4Matic all wheel drive system. A low gear transfer case with locking differentials is also available with an optional off road package.
Look for this vehicle in showrooms in 2006!