Comfort, safety, elegance, efficiency - the new GL-Class from Mercedes-Benz offers everything required for a Hong Kong SUV enthusiast.
Innovations such as the standard- specification Crosswind Assist and the Steer Control steering assistance system, increase the active safety.
Other features to become available are assistance systems such as an optional parking package incorporating an automatic function for entering and exiting parking spaces, plus a 360-degree camera.
With excellent driving dynamics and high levels of ride comfort - both on the road and on difficult terrain - the GL- Class pampers its occupants.
This new interpretation of the first generation impresses with its powerful dynamism and sporty elegance. In the front area are the hallmark GL upright radiator grille with its central star and the clear, high-quality design of the headlamps with an LED flare. The daytime running lamps featuring LED technology are integrated in a chrome insert in the bumper.
With powerfully dynamic and elegant interior design, fine materials and lovingly crafted details, optimum ergonomics and a generous amount of space - the interior of the GL-Class oozes the ambience of well-being so characteristic of Mercedes-Benz.
Generous trim in wood or aluminum variants, controls in silver chrome and the leather upholstery underline the high- quality overall impression.
Above all it is the numerous assistance systems that ensure enhanced handling safety in the new GL-Class. For the first time you have the Attention Assist drowsiness detection system, and Steer Control.
The GL 500 with a charged, direct- injecting BlueDirect petrol engine offers impressive performance coupled with high efficiency. On average the new model undercuts the preceding one by 18 percent when it comes to consumption figures.
The GL 500 in Hong Kong is powered by an eight-cylinder, 4,663cc engine promising 435 horsepower at 5,250 rpm, and 700Nm of torque from 1,800 to 3,500 rpm.
It has no problem making the sprint from zero to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds - after which it could happily take you up to a governed top speed of 250km/h.
The GL 500 has recorded fuel consumption of 11.3-11.5 liters per 100 kilometers, making it the most fuel- efficient V8 petrol model in its class.
Motoring editor Roger Boschman has been in Hong Kong since 1974 and has raced his own car on Macau's Guia Circuit.