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The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has arrived in Australia with a starting price under $130,000 and a new AMG variant added to its line-up.

The range of Mercedes-Benz GL-Class luxury SUVs now includes the familiar GL350 BlueTec and GL500 BlueEfficiency models, as well as a new performance variant for the Australian market, the GL63 AMG.

Starting at $129,900, the entry-level GL350 BlueTec is powered by a 190kW/620Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, claimed to deliver 7.7 litres per 100km and 199 grams of CO2 per kilometre via a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz GL 500 - 1

Standard equipment includes a 360-degree camera, leather upholstery with heated front seats, a 17.8cm TFT colour display with satellite navigation and voice control operation, Bluetooth phone and internet connectivity, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

At $154,900 the GL500 BlueEfficiency (pictured above and below) gets a 320kW/700Nm 4.7-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8, which uses the same seven-speed transmission to achieve a claimed 11.5L/100km and CO2 emissions of 269g/km.

Mercedes-Benz GL 500 - 2

An AMG exterior sports package, leather upholstery with heated front and second row seats, and tinted rear privacy glass join keyless start and 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.

Sitting atop the updated range is the new $214,900 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG which, thanks to its 410kW/760Nm 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8, can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds – 0.5 seconds quicker than the GL500 and a full three seconds quicker than the GL350 – and reach an electronically limited 250km/h.

Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG - 1

Despite the performance of the 2580kg seven-seat SUV, the GL63 AMG (pictured top) manages claimed efficiency figures of 12.3L/100km and 288g CO2/km with help from direct injection and engine stop-start technology – both featured across the range.

Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG - 6

Inside, the new AMG model receives an LED upshift indicator, 320km/h speedometer, four-spoke flat-bottom black nappa leather AMG steering wheel with aluminium paddleshifters, DAB digital radio tuner, Harman/Kardon surround sound system, AMG sports seats and AMG sports pedals.

AMG sports suspension and a chrome-tipped AMG sports exhaust system add to the GL63’s exterior highlights, along with red brake calipers and 21-inch AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels.

Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG - 7

All models see air suspension, adaptive damping, automatic climate control and a glass electric sunroof accompany a raft of safety equipment including radar controlled cruise control, Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe anticipatory occupant protection system, attention assist, brake assist, blind spot assist and lane keep assist.

The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is available now across Australia.

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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class manufacturer’s list pricing:

  • Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTec – $129,900
  • Mercedes-Benz GL 500 BlueEfficiency – $154,900
  • Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG – $214,900

  • Finnigan

    Nothing about the exterior styling says MB. As a huge MB fan, it’s a shame what the brand has become.

  • Martin

    Farkkkkk just checked the driveaway price for kicks. Jealous of those who can afford one!

    • FairDinkam

      Its cause Mercedes Benz Australia charge more than twice whats its worth in tue uk and USA. Only way to fix is to lobby the government to open up parallel importing. The market will then fix it self overnight. And not take out billions of dollars more from our economy than they should.

      P.s. luxury tax only accounts for a bit of the difference. Mostly just price gouging from Mercedes Benz Australia.

      • FairDinkam

        Btw there is a petition on change(dot ) org regarding this. Sign it to stop these idiots taking advantage of aussie kindness.

        • Martin

          Can you share the website so I can sign the petition please? I know the only true way to fix this is just to simply not buy any new cars for a while.

          • FairDinkam

            Hi Martin,
            Good on ya mate. I just stumbled across it myself when i was looking into create a petition myself to sort this issue out. Not sure if CarAdvice (disqus) will allow me to share a URL.

            Just Search “New Car Rip Off” one change(dot)org website and it should be the first result.

          • FairDinkam

            *Just Search “New Car Rip Off” on change(dot)org website and it should be the first result.

            sorry stupid auto correct turned on into one

      • MisterZed

        Parallel importing is a terrible idea. It would result in new car prices going up, because of a flood of cheap (and mostly rubbish) used cars.

        • FairDinkam

          I see why you said that and I agree that used car prices will plummet. However if the parallel importing allows “new cars” to be imported then people will import “new cars” instead of buying them buying from the Australian distributor (dealer). Therefore the Australian distributor (dealer) will have to stop ripping us off and cut prices to be competitive as demand will fall on their front spectacularly.

          p.s. I’m not trying to undermine or troll you, just my 2 cents

          • MisterZed

            Parallel importing simply would not work, because you would get no warranty. Only an official distributor can offer you a warranty. This is why parallel importing of brand-new cars is almost non-existent anywhere in the world – very few people want to buy a new car without a warranty.

          • pinkie ponk

            buy from UK dealer, but low km model from UK, etc etc.

          • MisterZed

            A possibility, but a few things: once you add GST, import duty, and the cost of shipping, the price difference is not as big as you might think. Buying a GL this way might cost you $110k, instead of $130k locally. So you save $20k, but what about warranty? You get none, because only the local official distributor can offer you a warranty. Personally I’d rather pay the extra $20k to get the peace of mind.

          • FairDinkam

            The disparity in price will vary model to model. How about something like a 911 (which is hideously overpriced here; well over twice the UK price)? The Difference will be significant.

            Also the overseas (UK) dealer will be most happy to do more business, they’ll sell more cars i.e. more profit for them and more equality in the prices for us. Everybody wins.

  • Zaccy16

    Everything from the engines and transmissions to the interior is impressive about this car except one thing, the styling!

  • Reo

    The roundish headlights and tame design are definitely a step back

  • Shaun

    Did they let Toyota/Honda designers get hold of this? Without checking my facts, pricing etc… I would much rather a rangey…

    • Maggie Smith

      No, the POS that this design is can only be blamed on Merc designers.

      • Abelstilton

        I totally just read that in Maggie Smith’s voice

  • MisterZed

    The original 2006 GL320 CDI sold here for $103,900. This is a big (25%) price increase!

  • Monk

    Saw the GL63 on George St, Sydney yesterday. It’s no beauty but certainly commands attention.
    Bit of a pointless creation if you ask me – though noticeably cheaper than an E63, and with a lot more metal…

    • gpx1972

      Love the look of the GL63. Mine on its way. 6 months since placing order :( but can’t wait.