Mercedes-Benz's mammoth SUV, the GL-Class has been facelifted slightly. The new car features some new body parts and an upgraded interior. These body changes include a redesigned chrome underbody protection up front and at the back, a new front grille with LED daytime running lights, new bumpers, reworked chrome tailpipes and two new metallic exterior paint choices.

Light alloy wheels with sizes ranging from 18 to 21-inches form part of the available wheels menu. The new GL also benefits from Mercedes-Benz's investments in the safety arena. Apparatus fitted to help with safety includes the PRE-SAFE system which senses an impending collision and prepares the cabin and occupants for it.

Inside exclusive nappa leather appointments, a multi-function nappa leather steering and redesigned leather/ARTICO seats are featured. Customers can also specify two-tone leather for their GLs.

Thrust is provided by a range of engines. One of them is in the GL 350 CDI 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY which is a V6 motor that produces 165kW (224hp) and 510Nm of torque. It is said to consume an average of 9.3 litres of diesel per 100km. The installed 7G-TRONIC gearbox has a function that puts it into manual while in traffic or stuck in a jam to minimise fuel usage.

Other models are the €60,850 GL 350 CDI BlueTEC 4MATIC with 155kW (211hp) and 540Nm, a GL 450 CDI 4MATIC making 225kW (306hp) and 700Nm of torque, a GL 450 4MATIC V8 which pops out 250kW (340hp) and 460Nm. At the top of the list is the GL 500 4MATIC which has a 5.5-litre V8 that spanks out 285kW (388hp) and maximum torque of 530Nm. All these vehicles also come with the 7G-TRONIC gearbox.

Gallery: Mercedes GL-Class Soft Facelift Released

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