Mercedes GL 320 Redesign - We have actually long appreciated the fantastic gas performance supplied by contemporary turbo-diesel engines constructed in Europe. They feel like the perfect powerplants for huge as well as hefty lorries such as the SUVs that Americans yearn for when gas costs are practical. A fave of ours in this group is the Mercedes GL, so when a diesel V-6 was contributed to the schedule with the 2008 designs, we determined to see just how it would certainly operate in the United States
The GL320 CDI, as the diesel is assigned, was the least pricey version in the GL line, with a base cost of $53,775 when it was provided in August 2007. At that rate it comes geared up well, yet we likewise defined numerous choices making it a lot more comfy. The Costs 1 plan ($6400) included a rearview-backup electronic camera, auto parking sensing units, a glass sunroof, a navigating system, satellite radio combined to a much better stereo, and also a power traveler seat, guiding column, and also liftgate.
We likewise chose the rear-seat home entertainment bundle ($2670) with twin second-row displays to calm youngsters on lengthy journeys as well as the Keyless Go bundle ($1110) to soothe us of the worry of needing to fish for the cars and truck's crucial fob in order to open up the GL's doors and also begin its engine. The Home heating bundle ($895) allow us heat the guiding wheel as well as the back seats (front-seat heating units are common). "Barolo" paint included $710. We additionally got the $510 Towing bundle, in addition to a $510 voice control making it less complicated to configure the nav system, and also ultimately, a $375 iPod-integration plan. It concerned $66,955-- much from inexpensive however within the series of affordable huge luxo SUV.
Interested regarding this automobile's vital attribute, the staff right here rapidly located the diesel motor to be really rewarding. In general, we balanced 22 mpg with the GL, which is great for a car that has to do with the very same dimension as well as heft as a Cadillac Escalade. It really did not much issue whether we owned the GL320 in the area or on the freeway, the gas mileage remained regularly in the reduced 20s, climbing to the mid-20s if we maintained our freeway rate listed below 75 miles per hour.
When the GL initially got here, we were worried that locating the requisite ultra-low-sulfur gasoline could be a trouble, yet it became all over. It was also in supply at one certain gasoline station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where the diesel pumps did not bring the ULS tag as well as the humanoids at the filling station had actually never ever become aware of right stuff.
The particular diesel rattle and also smoky exhaust are marginal in the GL. At start-up in the early morning-- which never ever called for a lengthy glow-plug delay-- we observed that the oil-burning V-6 is a little louder compared to a fuel engine, specifically if you remain in a confined garage. Once in progress, the rattle rapidly discolors. Likewise, we just saw a touch of smoke throughout chilly beginnings.