Although the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL has no official launch date yet, it has already been spotted a number of times in heavily disguised form. In previous settings, observers have deduced that the GL will share the platform of the ML, although in stretched-out form. Now, it has most recently been seen in Sweden, obviously for some hard-edged testing in snow and icy conditions. The spy pics show a wide grill inspired by the R-Class and a front end reminiscent of the current E-Class. Additionally, new headlights and LED daytime running lights can be seen on the bumper. The rear of the vehicle was still successfully disguised so only conjecture will suffice at this point. It is believed though that a compact cluster for the rear lights will be part of the look of the GL’s rear end.
Powertrain options will probably mimic that of the ML’s which has a 5.5-liter gasoline V8 and diesels with 3- and 4-liter displacements. Mercedes’ 7G-Tronic automatic 7-speed transmission will most likely be the standard box. The 430 hp biturbo 4.6 V8 could be an option and if an AMG variant comes out, the AMG GL will most probably be fitted with the biturbo 5.5 liter V8 which produces 540 horsepower.