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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mercedes-Benz GL (North America)
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Parent company DaimlerChrysler (2007)
Daimler AG (2008-present)
Production 2006–present
Assembly Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Class Full-size luxury crossover SUV[1]
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine , four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 3.0 L V6 (diesel)
4.0 L V8 (diesel)
4.7 L V8
5.5 L V8
Transmission(s) 7-speed 7G-Tronic automatic
Wheelbase 3,075 mm (121.1 in)
Length 5,085 mm (200.2 in)
Width 1,920 mm (75.6 in)
Height 1,840 mm (72.4 in)

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (code name X164) is a full-size crossover SUV built by the German carmaker Mercedes-Benz since 2006. The GL-Class debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. The car was designed for the American market, which is shown by its large size, making it the only similarly-sized rival up against Audi's Q7, along with the redesigned BMW X5, as well as a facelifted Volvo XC90 by that time. It is the seven-passenger counterpart of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Although the car was designed for the US market, it is also sold in Europe, albeit in far fewer numbers. It competes with the Cadillac Escalade, Range Rover Sport,Range Rover,Infiniti QX56, Hummer H2, Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus LX 570, and Lincoln Navigator.

It lacks the typical SUV boxy styling and body-on-frame construction of the G-Class in favor of a modified version of the M-Class's unibody architecture. Many motorists consider it the "Elongated and Wider" version of the recently redesigned M-Class. It is a three-row, seven-passenger SUV with much more luxurious equipment than previous civilian G-Class vehicles. All GL-Class vehicles are assembled at Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc., Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. 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.



  • GL 320 CDI BlueTec: 3.0 L V6 (diesel), 160 kW (215 hp)
  • GL 420 CDI: 4.0 L V8 (diesel), 225 kW (302 hp)
  • GL 450: 4.7 L V8, 250 kW (335 hp)
  • GL 550 (GL 500 in Europe): 5.5 L V8, 285 kW (382 hp)


Standard features

Standard on the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BLUETEC and GL450 include air conditioning w/ dual-zone climate controls, interior air filter, tilt/telescopic premium leather-wrapped steering wheel w/ 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 GL's also incorporate new DRL's 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 3rd row seats.

The GL350 BLUETEC is the world's cleanest diesel and reduces NOx emissions by 80%. It features a 3.0L 210 hp 400 lb feet torque, turbocharged V-6. The starting MSRP for this car is one thousand dollars less than the GL450. The GL450 4MATIC has a 335 hp, V-8. The GL550 has a 382, 5.5L V8.

Optional features

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.

Packages and Options for the 2010 GL Class:

Premium 1 Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $3,950 - GL550: Standard Auto Dimming Mirrors COMAND with Hard-Drive Navigation Voice Control Gracenote Media Database HD Digital Radio iPod/MP3 Media Interface Memory Driver Seat Power Folding Mirrors Power Tailgate Power Steering Column Rear View Camera Sirius and Sirius Traffic 115V AC Power Outlet 4GB Hard-drive for Music Register

Premium 2 Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $5,950, GL550: Standard All of Premium 1 Harman/Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound Keyless-Go

Full Leather Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $1,900 - GL550: Standard Ambient Lighting Confort Headrests Premium Interior Lighting Leather Upholstery

Lighting Package: GL350 BlueTEC/GL450: $970 - GL550: N/A Bi-Xenon Headlamps with active curve illumination Headlamp Washing System LED daytime running lamps

GL Appearance Package: $1410 GL450, GL350 BlueTEC/GL550: N/A Brushed aluminum running boards with rubber studs 20" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels with all-season run flats

Stand alone options: Parktronic - $790 Wood Steering Wheel - $580 Heated and Ventilated Front Seats - $560 Heated Steering Wheel - $220 Trailer Hitch (7500 lbs) - $540 3-Zone Climate Control - $1430 Crossbars in Chrome - $310 Running Boards - $660 Rear Seat Entertainment System - $1880 Heated Rear Seats - $610



US Calendar Year Sales
2005[2] n/a
2006 18,776
2007[3] 26,396
2008 23,328

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