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The All-New Mercedes-Benz GL. Motor Trend's 2013 SUV of the Year.

The winner of the 2013 Motor Trend SUV of the year is the Mercedes-Benz GL-class. In a competition with 9 other vehicles, including the Acura RDX, the Audi Q7, the Honda CRV, the Mercedes GLK and others, the GL came out on top. Motortrend made their decision based on the following criteria: 

Design Advancement- A well executed interior and exterior, innovative vehicle packaging and the use of materials.

Engineering Excellence- The execution of the total vehicle concept. Cost effective technology and features that provide maximum benefit to a consumer.

Performance of Intended Function- How well does the vehicle do the job that its planners and designers intended.

Efficiency- Low fuel consumption and a carbon footprint relative to the vehicles size

Safety- Judges measure both the vehicles ability to help the driver avoid a crash as well as its ability to protect its passengers during an accident. 

Value- The included equipment and features relative to the price compared with other vehicles in the same market segment. 

Motor Trend goes on to describe the new, second-generation GL-class and its efficient power, its beyond luxurious interior, its use of technology and many of its other features to arrive at the conclusion that, "The new GL is not just competitive in its class. The new, second-generation GL is the best new SUV on the market period, and the winner of our prize" 

Full strength with a fine focus

The bold, muscular shape of the all-new GL-Class houses not just a cavernous cabin but surprising dimensions in luxury and efficiency. Extensive wind-tunnel refinement has hushed wind noise, enhanced handling stability and reduced drag to remarkable levels. Its advanced, high-strength body structure elevates comfort, safety and roominess while every model offers higher fuel efficiency and quicker response.

Extensively outfitted, fully thought out

From its heated power front seats to its power-folding third row, the GL-Class combines full-size accommodations with meticulous attention to detail. Hand-polished wood and sleek brushed-metal trim present an abundance of user-friendly innovation with a timeless aura of craftsmanship. Even grander luxury is yours for the choosing, with available hand-fitted leather,massaging seats and multicolor ambient lighting.

The sunroof, fully grown

The standard power tilt/sliding sunroof features heat-rejecting glass and the largest opening in its class, yet its wind-tunnel-refined design minimizes turbulence in the cabin. The optionalPanorama roof takes the sunroof to an entirely new dimension. The first of its kind in a full-size SUV, it offers a view of the sun and stars to all three rows, along with a power front section that opens wide to deliver full sun with a gentle breeze.

Far-reaching, close at hand
From its hands-free Bluetooth® to its paddle shifters to its available voice control system, the GL-Class cockpit puts a world of control within easy reach. Crisp instruments and amultifunction steering wheel trimmed in supple Premium leather keep you in touch with the road, your favorite vehicle features and a satisfying sense of elegant luxury at all times.

First-rate entertainment, for the 2nd row

The roomy second and third rows offer easy access and ample room. Easy-entry features are provided on both sides, and heated 2nd-row seats are optional. For even greater enjoyment, the optional Rear Seat Entertainment system lets 2nd-row passengers watch DVD movies, attach a portable gaming console and more. And they can do it together or individually, with dual 8-inch LCD screens, multiple inputs, two pairs of headsets and wireless remotes. You can even play the sound through the vehicle's audio system, so the 3rd row can watch as well.

Innovative amenities, time-honored craftsmanship
Standard Eucalyptus or Burl Walnut wood trim is hand-polished to a warm glow. Precisely top-stitched upholstery is fitted to each seat by hand. And yet the modern details of the GL-Class cabin contribute as much to its rewarding feel as its sense of tradition. Available Premium cabin illumination welcomes you aboard over illuminated front door sills, while soothing fiber-optic LED ambient lighting encircles the cabin in any of three selectable hues.

Mighty power, with a gentler touch

Three advanced Direct Injection engines generate impressive power output with minimal emissions. A pair of biturbo gasoline V-8s in the 362-hp GL450 and 429-hp GL550, along with aclean diesel V-6 in the 240-hp GL350 BlueTEC eagerly produce the torque-rich response necessary for quick acceleration and up to 7,500 lbs of towing capacity. Each teams up with a paddle-shifted 7-speed automatic that's been reengineered for smoother, crisper shifts and higher efficiency.

More room for people, and room for more

More spacious than ever, the GL-Class accommodates up to seven adults or 93.8 cu ft of cargo. The 60/40-split 2nd-row seats fold flat in seconds, and offer convenient 3rd-row access from either rear door, with power EASY-ENTRY a new option. The 3rd row offers generous head and legroom, or power-folds in a 50/50 split. Even with all seats in use, there's still as much cargo space as an E-Class Sedan.

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