First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

It's only four years young, but it's apparently time for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-class to receive a facelift.

While the GL550's wild front fascia remains untouched, both the GL320 and GL450 models receive a few mild tweaks up front. The bumper has been revised to resemble that of the GLK, and sports new LED fog lamps in place of the round projector units previously used.

Other exterior tweaks include new 19- and 20-inch aluminum wheels, a brushed aluminum finish on the beltline trim, and chromed roof rails. The GL450 is also available with an appearance package, which adds the 20-inch rolling stock and stainless steel running boards.

All three models, however, receive some welcome modifications inside. The GL receives both a new instrument panel and new seats, which have reportedly been inspired by those in the S-class. A full-leather seating package trims all three rows in sumptuous hides, and also adds ambient lighting like that in the CL- and S-classes.

Production of GL should begin shortly in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as Mercedes-Benz anticipates the SUVs to arrive in dealers this summer.

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