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The entirely redesigned GL-Class has the bold design and luxury expected from Mercedes-Benz, while still remaining efficient and extraordinary to drive. The new GL-Class has focused on upgrading even the smallest details including: wind-tunnel refinement, stability, reduced drag, body structure, comfort, safety, and space.

“Of any 7-passenger full-size SUV, only the all-new GL-Class offers this much luxury, innovation, and performance,” says John Hornbeck, General Manager of Tucson’s Mercedes-Benz dealer, “That’s what defines Mercedes-Benz, and the GL-Class.”

The GL-Class includes three advanced Direct Injection engines that create remarkable power while keeping emissions to a minimum. According to Mercedes-Benz, a pair of biturbo gasoline V-8s in the 362-hp GL450 and 429-hp GL550, along with a clean diesel V-6 in the 240-hp GL350 BlueTEC eagerly produces the torque-rich response necessary for quick acceleration and up to 7,500 lbs of towing capacity. Each teams up with a paddle-shifted 7-speed automatic that’s been reengineered for smoother, crisper shifts and higher efficiency.

All Mercedes-Benz GL-Class’s come with standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive and 4-wheel Electronic Traction System. 4-ETS is a new technology created by Mercedes-Benz, which allows the engine to redistribute torque to the wheels with the best grip. There is also a permanent 50:50 front/rear torque split, at all times, and a new load-sensing Electronic Stability Program. There is an optional Active Curve System that balances flatter handling with a smoother ride. Mercedes-Benz also notes that a new On/Off-Road Package adds adaptive damping, six selectable driving programs including a Sport mode and two off-road settings, and added underbody protection. These features combined allow the GL to handle sporty driving as well as rougher roads as well.

On the inside, the GL-Class has a perfect balance of full-size accommodations and luxury details. The front seats are heated and the third row can fold down, while the trim consists of upgraded materials such as hand-polished wood and brushed-metal trim. There is even optional massaging chairs and ambient lighting available. There is also more room than ever, fitting seven adults comfortably, or 93.8 cubic feet of cargo.  Also, The first of its kind in a full-size SUV, it offers a view of the sun and stars to all three rows, along with a power front section that opens wide to deliver full sun with a gentle breeze.

Overall the entirely redesigned GL-Class has something for every buyer and more than upholds the Mercedes-Benz standard.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models not only get the new mbrace2 in-car communication service standard but they also get a plethora of other updates. The C-Class models are available as coupe or sedan and will be available at Mercedes-Benz dealers soon. They come in Sport or Luxury trim, and with a turbo 1.8-liter four cylinder, new 3.0-liter V6, or a more powerful 3.5-liter V6. A high-performance C63 AMG model, powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 that generates upward of 481 horsepower, is also available in both coupe and sedan body styles.

Now available on all C-Class models is the new AMG Sports Package Plus that has greater exhaust tuning, a refined sport interior and unique 18-inch seven-spoke wheels. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupes have a new additional package that includes restructured front suspension. Distronic Plus proximity control system is now a stand-alone option. The C300 and C350 come standard with stop/start technology, which shuts off the engine when stopped then restarts it again once the gas pedal is pressed. The C300 4Matic also gets an entirely new direct-injection 3.0-liter V6 that generates 248 horsepower and 251 lbs-ft of torque. This option is available for the C350 coupe as well but does not come standard.

The updates continue on the exterior of the C-Class, with the front end being recreated to look more like the current E-Class. New headlights and horizontal LED running lights in the bumper have been added and the taillight also integrates LED lighting.

Inside new trim choices include brushed aluminum, black ash and matte-finish burl walnut wood. The C-Class Sport trim comes with a unique three-spoke steering wheel and sporty interior cabin. The mbrace2 in-car communication service is now standard and the dash comes complete with complete with Mercedes’ Command system and 3-D city maps. Bluetooth audio streaming and USB inputs are also standard. There are also available sport interiors with contrasting-colored seat belts.

The 2013 C-Class got safety upgrades as well, including nine standard airbags: frontal, side-impact, side curtain, front pelvic and driver’s knee. There are now optional top of the line safety features such as: blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and Attention Assist, which detects erratic driving and suggests the driver take a rest.

For more information on the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and its added features, check out your Mercedes-Benz of Tucson dealership.