Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4×4 Full Size Luxury Crossover SUV available at Thailand, United Kingdom, Australia, Dubai, US Top Mercedes-Benz Dealer Exporter
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class full-size luxury crossover SUV has been available since 2006. A a three-row, 7-passenger vehicle, it slots above the Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV in the lineup and shares the same unibody architecture. The vast majority of GL-Class vehicles are assembled at Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc., in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama except for a small number of early production 2007 model vehicles which were manufactured in Germany.
First generation (X164; 2007-2012)
The GL-Class (codename X164) debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. It was released along the same time as the similarly sized Audi Q7, being the first German three-row, 7-passenger crossover SUVs on the market at the time; later joined by the second-generation BMW X5 that has an optional third-row seat increasing capacity up to 7. Except for the Acura MDX, most three row luxury SUVs at the time were body-on-frame vehicles such as the Lexus LX and Lincoln Navigator.
The GL lacks the typical SUV boxy styling and body-on-frame construction of the G-Class in favor of an elongated and widened version of the M-Class’s unibody architecture. The GL has much more luxurious equipment and better road manners than previous civilian G-Class vehicles. The GL class was originally intended to replace the 25-year-old G-Class model, however due to public and fan outcries, Mercedes Benz had decided to keep the G-Class in production for the foreseeable future and decided to update it for 2006. Although the GL-Class is designed for the US market, it is also sold in Europe, albeit in far smaller numbers.
Standard features on the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec and GL450 include air conditioning with dual-zone climate controls, interior air filter, tilt/telescopic premium leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, cruise control, heated 8-way power front seats, 6-disc CD changer, outside-temperature indicator, and universal garage door opener. On the facelifted 2010 model, the GLs also incorporate new daytime running lights as well as LED tail lamps for improved visibility. 19″ 5-spoke wheels come standard with all-season tires and new chrome beltline, window trim, and roof rails also now come standard. A chrome loadsill and front and rear chrome looking skid plates come standard. The GL also comes with Airmatic suspension, a 3D instrument cluster, and 7-way seating with power 50/50 folding third row seats.
The GL350 BlueTec features a 3.0L 210 hp (157 kW) 400 lb·ft (542 N·m) turbocharged V6, with a reduction in NOx emissions of 80%. The starting MSRP is $1,000 less than the GL450. The GL450 4Matic has a 335 hp (250 kW) V8. The GL550 has a 382 hp (285 kW) 5.5L V8.
Standard on the Mercedes GL550 but optional for the lower trims include a power tilt/telescopic wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls (replacing tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls), leather upholstery, memory system, power liftgate, premium sound system, navigation system w/voice recognition, rear radio controls, rearview camera, and heated rear seats.
2007 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year – GL 450
2013 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year – GL 450
Second generation (X166; 2012-)
Daimler AG introduced the new GL (X166) at the New York autoshow in 2012. New model is bigger, more luxurious and full of tech gadgets. Even though it is bigger, MB managed to make the new GL-class 100 kg lighter. Daimler assures that the new generation is also more efficient thanks to BlueEFFICIENCY package (start/stop system, intelligent alternator management, electric steering etc.) and redesigned petrol and diesel engines. Petrol versions GL 450 and GL500 (550 in the USA) are now turbocharged. The GL (X166) goes to sale in September 2012 in the United States.
Equipment and technical innovations
The standard equipment has improved over the X166’s predecessor. It now offers these technical appointments: ATTENTION ASSIST, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Crosswind Assist and pedestrian protection incl. Active Bonnet, self-leveling AIRMATIC suspension, electric EASY-PACK tailgate. The GL500 (550 in the USA) adds Active Parking Assist, Intelligent Light System, KEYLESS-GO access system and front multicontour seats with memory function. The standard multimedia system is Audio 20 CD with USB and Bluetooth interface. The new COMAND Online multimedia system is also available as an option. It features 3D menu and internet access. COMAND Online can be combined with Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround system.
Non-AMG versions are paired with the 7G-Tronic Plus gearbox, the 557 hp V8 AMG model has an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC gearbox.
Selected standard features
10-spoke 18-inch wheels
AIRMATIC suspension system
Audio 20 CD
ARTICO interior upholstery
COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST
CROSSWIND ASSIST with pedestrian function and active bonnet
EASY-PACK (electrically operated tailgate)
Selected optional features
Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Speed Limit Assist
AMG Sport package
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround system
designo Exclusive package (designo nappa leather, extensive stitching and diamond quilting)
COMAND Online multimedia system
Intelligent Light System (ILS)
AMG Sport package
For the first time, an AMG sport package is available for the new X166. It adds:
19-inch ventilated and perforated brake discs
Front and rear AMG package bumpers
AMG wheel arch flarings
Illuminated aluminium running boards
GL 63 AMG
The GL 63 AMG is powered by AMG hand-built M157 engine, which has same output as an ML 63 with optional Performance package. Thanks to 557 hp V8, it manages the 0–100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds and the top speed is 250 km/h.
It features ECO start-stop system and 557 hp are transmitted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC gearbox. It has three modes: “Controlled Efficiency” (start-stop system is active and in this mode it accelerates in 2nd gear), “Sport” and “Manual”. The AMG model is equipped with AMG RIDE CONTROL, combined with AIRMATIC and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM. You can choose between “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus” modes. The air suspension is active and it lowers the car at higher speeds.
The GL 63 comes with 5-spoke 21-inch wheels (295/40 tires), perforated brakes, ARTICO leather adjustable sport seats, AMG floor mats, electronic assistants etc.
|GL450 BlueEFFICIENCY||2012-||4,663 cc (285 cu in) 32V V8 biturbo (Mercedes-Benz M 278 DE 46 AL red. engine)||312 PS (229 kW; 308 hp)@5000-6000, 550 N·m (406 lb·ft)@1500-4000|
|GL500 BlueEFFICIENCY||2012-||4,663 cc (285 cu in) 32V V8 biturbo (Mercedes-Benz M 278 DE 46 AL red. engine)||408 PS (300 kW; 402 hp)@5000-5750, 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@1600-4750|
|GL550 BlueEFFICIENCY (within Europe)||2012-||4,663 cc (285 cu in) 32V V8 biturbo (Mercedes-Benz M 278 DE 46 AL engine)||435 PS (320 kW; 429 hp)@5250, 700 N·m (516 lb·ft)@1800–3500|
|GL 63 AMG||2012-||5,461 cc (333 cu in) 32V V8 biturbo (Mercedes-Benz M 157 DE 55 AL engine)||557 PS (410 kW; 549 hp)@5750, 760 N·m (561 lb·ft)@2000-5000|
|GL350 BlueTEC||2012-||2,987 cc (182 cu in) 24V V6 turbo Mercedes-Benz OM 642 LS DE 30 LA engine)||260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp)@3600, 620 N·m (457 lb·ft)@1600–2400|
|GL 350 BlueTEC||2012-||7-speed automatic 7G-Tronic Plus|
|GL 450 BlueEFFICIENCY||2012-||7-speed automatic 7G-Tronic Plus|
|GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY||2012-||7-speed automatic 7G-Tronic Plus|
|GL 63 AMG||2012-||7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT|