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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class returns with Crosswind Stabilization

Posted: August 6, 2012 - 10:16PM
Author: Don Bain
The refreshed 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class will debut at the 94th PGA Championship, to be held later this week on The Ocean Course of Kiawah Island. This is the perfect place to show off its new Crosswind Stabilization on the premiere coastal golf course with 10 ocean side holes and frequent water-borne winds.


According to the pros, very few courses anywhere in the world get as much wind as The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, so while Mercedes-Benz is showcasing several new vehicles at the tournament (like the new SL550 Roadster), it's the all-new seven-passenger 2013 GL-Class that can really strut its stuff on the course.

The golf course is located on the east end of the island featuring more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere – the other eight run parallel to the waterside 10. It is said from one round to the next, a player may notice an 8-club difference, depending upon the direction and strength of the wind on a particular morning or afternoon.

Those piloting the new GL-Class need not fear wind gusts as the new control systems compensate for airborne assaults keeping the luxurious SUV comfortably on track. The systems apply efficacious brake pressure to wheels in order to thwart the wild wind’s apparent intention to blow you off the road.

This invisible intervention is handled by an Adaptive Braking system that measures the need to ameliorate wind pressure by assisting through brake application on the front and rear wheels of the upwind side, resulting in a reduced steering effect from the crosswind. The system filters out minor crosswinds and only becomes operational when wind velocity is sufficient to impact tracking.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class also features 4MATIC permanent four-wheel drive system, Downhill Speed Regulation and special features for offroad driving. The On & Offroad package has six drive settings to improve vehicle performance and safety across a wide array of driving conditions.

Mercedes-Benz is a Patron sponsor providing the Official Vehicles to The PGA of America. A number of fan experiences for both golf and premium auto enthusiasts will be staged by the brand. In fact, a putt and swing analysis offering will help golfers improve their game when the Mercedes-Benz Performance Center arrives at Baker Motor Company August 6 to 8 to jump start pre-tournament excitement.

The Official PGA Performance Center presented by Mercedes-Benz will provide fans entering the PGA Championship with intimate views of new vehicles including the Concept Style Coupe, interactive driving experiences as well as the golf swing analysis that utilizes GolfTEC video and biomechanical gauging from PGA teaching professionals.

Mercedes-Benz Global Brand Ambassador, Adam Scott, will meet fans at the Performance Center tomorrow, Aug. 7, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. While there, fans can create a digital photo flipbook preserving their tournament experiences to share online and with friends.
Mercedes-Benz owners at the event gain the privilege of a dedicated parking area and shuttle service to and from the course.

The 94th PGA Championship will be carried on TNT and CBS this coming weekend. Watch for it on TV and catch the new Mercedes-Benz models at a showroom near you soon.