We were recently alerted to spy photos of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class doing a bit of winter testing in snowy Sweden. Based on what we can see in the most revealing spy photos to date, the next-generation GL will be perfect for those that wanted to buy the redesigned M-Class SUV but needed more room.
Based on the updated M-Class, the 2013 GL-Class will have a more aggressive front fascia, LED-infused headlights, a ventilated hood and a two-bar grille. There’s also a tailgate-mounted spoiler, LED taillights and a dual exhaust system.
Though engines options have yet to be confirmed, they will likely come from the 2012 M-Class and include 3.5-liter V7 with over 300 hp in the GL350 and the 240 hp diesel in the BlueTec. Like the rest of the Mercedes lineup, there will be an AMG version with the new twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8, rated at 518 hp, mated to the usual seven-speed automatic.
Stay tuned for more photos and information, but for now enjoy the enlargeable photos below. Our thanks to Rick and Autoevolution for the photos.