Test drive: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Land Rover Range Rover Part I

January 31, 2015 at 15:48

The new Range Rover stands out so strongly among the rest of the SUVs that it has just one competitor, in fact, the Mercedes-Benz GL. At the first opportunity we have made its test drive.
Range Rover under the hood has a 5-liter supercharged V8 engine with capacity of 510 hp, while the GL 500 has 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 435 hp.
From the model predecessor the new British SUV is distinguished primarily by strong lightweight body made of aluminum, and its all-aluminum frame. Depending on the modification of the car “lost” about 350-420 Kg. Accordingly, dynamics were significantly improved and efficiency was increased.

Land Rover Range Rover pics

Land Rover Range Rover picture

SUV has got active anti-roll bars, new 8-band “automatic” and electric power steering. Fording depth is increased from 700 to 900 mm, and the course of its 597 mm suspension is a record among competitors. Terrain Response system of the second generation learned how to adapt to the types of coverage and driving modes. That is, off-road ground clearance is increased automatically, and in contact with, for example, sand system itself changes the sharpness of the accelerator pedal and the algorithm of the car.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class pics

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class picture

But Mercedes-Benz GL, on the contrary, off-road ability of a new generation is less sensitive, as they mostly remained unclaimed In addition to asphalt version there is an option with the package On & OFF-road, which has a lower gear and lock the “center”, but in the rear differential lock is gone – its work is done by electronics. However, even in this case, off-road abilities of the owner should be enough with a vengeance.

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