In Europe, fans of gasoline engines in the massive luxury SUV are only met by the GL 500 and the GL 63 AMG, both of which are powered by twin-turbocharged V8 engines with 4.7 and 5.5-liters of displacement, respectively.
The United States market is actually getting a wider engine range on the GL-Class, with the 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 being available in two stages of tune, one for the GL 550 (GL 500 in Europe) and one for the GL 450, but that will be soon replaced by a twin-turbocharged three-liter V6 with the same horsepower and torque figures as the V8.
Not to leave Europe behind, it seems that the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class will also get a twin-turbocharged three-liter V6 that runs on gasoline as well, with the GL 400 to become the base gasoline engine from MY 2015 models onwards.
In essence, the new Mercedes-Benz GL 400 uses the same engine as the upcoming and US-only GL 450, but in a lower state of tune.
In other words, the internally-codenamed M276 DELA 30 on the EU-only GL 400 is to offer 333 hp and 480 Nm (354 lb ft) of torque, some 34 hp and 70 Nm (52 lb ft) of torque less than the US-only GL 450.
Available to order from tomorrow but reaching the dealerships in September, the Mercedes-Benz GL 400 4Matic will apparently use just 9.2 liters per 100 km (25.6 mpg) and have a starting price of EUR 76160 in Germany, including VAT.
Story via MB Passion