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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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
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.
Mercedes-Benz introduced its BlueTec diesel system to the GL-Class at the 2006 North American International Auto Show as the GL 320 Bluetec. This system uses urea to clean diesel emissions, making the GL 320 50-state legal in the United States. It went on sale in July 2006, but models with urea injection will only be introduced in 2008.


  • 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 GL320 CDI and GL450 include air conditioning w/ dual-zone climate controls, interior air filter, tilt/telescopic 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.

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.
Optional for all trims include a DVD entertainment system, heated steering wheel, iPod adapter, tri-zone climate controls, and keyless start. Over the last year, people have complained about the GL-Class's limited standard features compared to more upscale competitors such as the Cadillac Escalade and Range Rover Sport.


  • 2007 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year - GL 450