If you're a fan of the new look on the 2013 Mercedes GLK, but are looking for something a little roomier, you're in luck. Many of the styling changes made to Mercedes' smaller SUV are being applied to it's three-row big brother for 2013.
Interestingly, although the GLK's styling went from harder-edged to slightly softer, the GL's lines go from rounded to sharper, further accentuating the similarity between the two models.
LED accent lighting figures prominently on the new GL, as it did on its little brother. Last year's model had LED driving lights in the bumper, as does the new model, but the 2013 adds LED "eyebrows" to the headlights. The taillights on the 2013 are stretched onto the tailgate, making the rear lighting more prominent. Also more prominent is the 2013 GL's roof spoiler, which goes from a barely-noticeable appendage to an integral part of the 2013 model's rear styling, which also houses the third brake light.
On the inside, the GL goes in somewhat of a somewhat different direction than the GLK, going from round to rectangular air vents, whereas the GLK went from rectangular to round. The GL also retains its four-spoke steering wheel, with the GLK sticking with its three-spoke design.
Also like its little brother, the new GL gets new powerplants to accompany its new look, with two versions of the company's twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8, and a more-powerful 3.0-liter Bluetec turbodiesel V-6.
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