The Mercedes-Benz GL 400 has been introduced in Malaysia with a price tag of RM842,888 on-the-road without insurance. The luxurious GL is a big seven-seater SUV that plays in a size class above the usual BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML – think of it as a star-badged Range Rover competitor.

The GL 400 basically replaces the big 4.6 litre twin turbo V8 in the GL 500 introduced last year with a smaller, more road tax-friendly 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 engine. The ‘400’ engine has a similiar tune to the one found in the E 400 – it does 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque, compared to the GL 500’s 430 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 7G-Tronic gearbox.

The equipment list is vast – it’s got an AMG bodykit and 21 inch AMG wheels, Intelligent Light System headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, a surround view camera system, Active Parking Assist, Distronic Plus active cruise control, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, electric folding for the third row of seats, soft-closing doors, a rear seat entertainment system and four-zone air conditioning.

There are some changes compared to the GL 500 though, which came in at RM912,888. Aside from the smaller engine, you have to trade the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system for a lower-end Harman Kardon Logic7 system, and the wood steering has been swapped for a sport steering.

Thanks to reader KF Yeoh for the tip.


GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz GL 500