The upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show is traditionally a venue where we see various manufacturer’s concepts, soon-to-be-released models and tuner cars. A perennial presence, Carlsson, is even now releasing images of its version of the Mercedes GL Grand Edition which it’s dubbed the CGL45.
As befits this tuner’s reputation, both styling and performance are upgraded. Starting with the aesthetics, Carlsson has added wider wheel arches, a front spoiler and lip and rear skirt. These aren’t all styling exercises, because these aero pieces have all been refined in a wind tunnel. Daytime running lights complement a chrome radiator grill which features the tuner’s logo, on which a leaping horse is etched. 22-inch wheels sporting Vredestein tires and a stainless steel exhaust with quad oval tips round out the exterior upgrades. For the CGL’s interior, Carlsson has used a combination of high quality nappa leather, Alcantara, wood and stainless steel. Aluminum pedals, a signed plaque on the center console, headrests embossed with the Carlsson logo and illuminated door sills lend a distinctive touch to the already luxurious stock interior.
Best of all, the GL’s 3-liter 6 has been modified to produce 310 horsepower, from the factory model’s 265 horsepower. Torque is now at 700 Nm, which is 80 more than the engine’s original output. All these upgrades should make an interesting addition to Carlsson’s stand at the Frankfurt Show, where one’s wares have to really stand out to be noticed.