Not too long ago, we saw Mercedes’ new special high-end edition of the Sprinter van called the Grand Edition. Just recently however, Mercedes unveiled details about a Grand Edition of the well-mannered X164 GL-Class luxury crossover.
Featuring new aesthetic appointments such as shadowed headlights, a revised grill, unique 20-inch lightweight alloys, and two-tone leather seats with black ash wood, Mercedes said that the Grand Edition will be available for all engine version of the GL.
In addition to the upgrade in seats and wood trim, the leather trimming the armrests, door panels, dashboard, instrument cluster and steering wheel will be “double flapped” for a softer and higher-grade feel. Brushed stainless steel sport pedals will also be standard as will special ambient lighting all around, “Grand Edition” labeling on the center console and velour floor mats (wouldn’t you feel guilty stepping all over them during the inclement of weather? Because I would).
Equipment wise, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL “Grand Edition” models come standard with their park-assist PARKTRONIC, AIRMATIC air suspension, Direct-Steer system, and Adaptive Damping System or ADS to improve handling.
The engines carried over include the GL350 BlueTEC and BlueEFFICIENCY’s 3.0L V6 clean-diesel, the GL450’s 4.6L V8 and the GL550’s 5.5L V8.
And the price? With a basic GL350 BLUETEC MSRPing at $60,950, these Grand Edition GLs aren’t cheap by any means. The GL350 BlueEFFICIENCY and BlueTEC Grand Editions go for €81,396 or $114,442 and €80,206 or $112,769, where as the Grand Edition GL450 and GL550 go for €91,868 or $129,166 and €99,127 or $139,372.
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Grand Edition:
– By: Chris Chin