Mercedes-Benz Suventure

Push it to the Limits!

To begin this SUVenture on exploring desert of Wahiba, we traveled to Sultanate of Oman in Muscat, which is well known in its rocky highland, wild valleys, drifting dunes and soaring mountains. With this idea that most families will be looking at weekend outings in their Mercedes-Benz 4x4 SUVs, we've broken each trip into areas with several sites that can easily be visited and explored over the course of our three days quest.

The Off-Limits Quest
I personally arrived to Muscat and was transferred to Almouj Golf Club. There the unveiling of the new GL took place. Frank Bernthaler, Director, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Middle East & Levant said: "The 2012 Year of the SUV strategy has been an overwhelming success, with three exciting launches achieving great success amongst customers. With the launch of the new 7-seater GL capping our unrivalled luxury off-road range, we now offer a stable of powerful, attractive, capable and intelligent SUVs that appeal to the tastes and sensibilities of a new generation of regional customers: Customers who question convention and seek only the very best for their families. All this has delivered a best ever year for Mercedes-Benz SUVs, with projected 2012 sales expected to record a 35% increase on 2011."

This first trail adventure started from the Golf Club. Our first stopover was somewhere in the middle of the desert with rocky nature turf. It was our last place to get food and beverages and to check our tires pressure before venturing off-road to Wahiba Sands for an overnight in the 1000 Nights Camp. So this is where we will stage and begin our off-road SUVenture. Our quest covered over 720 kms of driving and for the first time ever off-road driving during the night. Day two saw the convoy leave the dunes - known to be some of the highest in the Middle East - to cross the mountains and valleys and reach the Sifawy Boutique Hotel on the coast in evening, where we enjoyed the warm, friendly hospitality characteristic of the Omani people. The final leg of the journey took in stunning views overlooking the capital, before ending at the Almouj Golf Club.

The SUVenture included the Middle East launch of the new seven-seater GL, the highly dynamic all-purpose compact GLK, launch of the iconic new G 500, and first off-road driving experience for the spearhead of the Mercedes-Benz regional SUV strategy - the M-Class.

Viewed from outside any Mercedes 4x4, the trail looks to be easy and the obstacle appears to be drivable. But sitting behind the steering wheel it suddenly feels like 10 degrees above the limit. We learned to push it to the limits with Mercedes! It is outstanding to see how capable off road Mercedes-Benz vehicles can be. Where is the centre of gravity of my GL-Class right at this moment? I have seen all of this during our journey. Duncan, the off-road specialist we got used too made it one of the breathtaking quests we had on an off-road path!

Heavy and deep sand dunes, rocky paths, mud, and water are no motive for avoiding a quest with a 4x4 Mercedes. These weather conditions are where SUVs like the new Mercedes Benz GL-Class adore to tough it! Equipped with the most recent AWD technology, the all-new GL-Class has what it takes to engage in the roughest and toughest terrain - whatever the conditions. I surely bet my bottom penny that the GL-Class will impress. What lies at the heart of the GL-Class is an all-wheel-drive system that boasts an electronic traction control system. The outcome is notable contact with the surfaces below the big chassis and tyres, and controlled traction for making movement in the harshest conditions we had in Oman.

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