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Mercedes Bringing New GL Crossover to New York

Bigger ute will share M-Class platform.

by on Mar.21, 2012

The outgoing Mercedes GL.

The New York Auto Show has landed another big announcement, Mercedes-Benz planning to bring to the Big Apple its next-generation GL SUV.

As with the smaller ML, the big G, the descendant of the legendary Gelandewagen, will migrate to a car-based platform.  In fact, various media reports indicate the GL will share the smaller crossover’s underpinnings.

Spy photos show a big ute with a more aggressive front end than the outgoing GL, including a two-bar grille and with what one source described as “LED-infused” headlights.

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Overall length is expected to remain the same, though the modified platform reportedly will permit a much larger cabin – and one more lavishly outfitted.  Along with premium leather and wood, the new ML is also expected to get the latest Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment system and other high-tech goodies.