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The second-generation Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has been officially launched in Malaysia – the X166 arrives in a single variant form, the GL 500 BlueEfficiency. The three-row, seven-seater was introduced earlier today alongside the A 45 AMG at the ongoing media preview drive of the W212 E-Class facelift taking place on the East Coast.

The big 4MATIC-equipped SUV – which is a size-up from the likes of the ML 350 and BMW’s X5 – was sighted last month at JPJ Putrajaya undergoing type approval testing, so we already had an intimation that it was coming.

The 2,455 kg US-built offering – which debuted in August last year – is powered by the M 278 DE 46 AL, a 4.6 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 430 hp at 5,000 to 5,750 rpm and a chunky 700 Nm of twist from 1,800 rpm up to 3,550 rpm. The eight-pot is mated to an 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed gearbox.

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The GL 500 for Malaysia comes pretty much fully-loaded, replete with an AMG Sport package that dresses it up, with front/rear AMG bumpers, new wheel arch flarings and illuminated aluminium running boards among the items. Also on are five twin-spoke 21-inch AMG wheels.

Hafriz reports that all assist programs/systems available have been included for the GL 500 sold here, including Crosswind Assist and distance control Distronic Plus, with only the On&Offroad package left out; this removes the driving-off assistant, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) and off-road driving programs from the equation.

Elsewhere, there’s the usual ESP, ASR, ABS and Pre-Safe as well as Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist heading the safety kit list, with nine airbags to be found. There’s also Steer Control, which helps reduce driver strain. Finally, pricing, and as expected, the GL 500 BlueEfficiency does indeed cost a pretty penny, rolling in at RM912,888.