Stuttgart. The S‑Class amongst SUVs is now also available a few sizes smaller: in co-operation with Norev, Mercedes‑Benz is now offering the new GL‑Class as a true-to-original miniature. The miniatures designed using the original CAD data and assembled by hand are available in two scales and five original paint colours.
Norev assembles over 120 individual parts to build the GL to a scale of 1:18. The model measures around 28.5 centimetres and is made of die-cast zinc. Beneath the front bumper is a large underride guard in chrome-look and the tailpipes of the exhaust system are integrated into the rear bumper. The doors, bonnet and tailgate can be opened. The backrests of the seats in the second and third rows of seats can be folded forward. The interior and boot floor are flocked.
Even according to Mercedes standards, the accuracy of detail in the interior reaches a new dimension: 1:18 scale models usually have around 150 decorations – a term which model car enthusiasts understand to mean the application of details by means of stamping, pattern painting, hot-foil stamping, stickers and chrome-plating of parts. The miniature GL-Class sets new standards here with up to 253 decorations (depending on the equipment colour). The colour combinations also correspond exactly to the original, thus the paint colour diamond white can be combined with the interior colour black tobacco brown marron, whilst the trim elements used are in brown ash.
The equipment includes the panoramic roof, xenon headlamps with the Intelligent Light System (ILS) and LED daytime running lamps, a third-row rear bench seat and light-alloy wheels in a 10-twin-spoke design. The model car is available in diamond white, obsidian black and iridium silver for 69.90 Euros  . A glove is included to protect the glazing and painted body work against fingerprints. The screwdriver included in the pack can be used to easily remove the model from the designer packaging.
The second miniature of the off-roader is in a scale of 1:43 and measures almost twelve centimetres. This die-cast zinc model is also constructed by Norev and comprises more than 55 individual parts. Diamond white, cavansite blue and citrine brown are the choice of genuine paint colours available. These can be combined with authentic interior colours and the corresponding trim elements. The equipment details include the front bumper with large underride guard, rear bumper with visible yet fully integrated tailpipes, panoramic roof, xenon headlamps with the Intelligent Light System (ILS) and LED daytime running lamps, a third-row rear bench seat and light-alloy wheels in a 10-spoke design. The model is delivered in a presentation display case on a printed base plate and costs 29.90 Euros.
The model cars are available online at https://shop.mercedes-benz.de and from Mercedes‑Benz sales partners.