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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (2006 - Current)
We say:
Instead of having a 7-seat option for the M-Class, Merc spun it off as the GL-Class (new US crash safety regulation among other reasons). Although designed and powered by Germans, the GL feels very American: huge and thirsty. V8 power is the only one available, but you can kit it as much or as little as you want since its on a by-order basis.

Building on the sublimely smooth and excellent M-Class
More American than German in concept.

Ownership GL 450 4MATICGL 350 CDI
Price By Order Basis7980000
Classification Ultra-Luxury SUVUltra-Luxury SUV
Warranty 2 years / unlimited mileage2 years / unlimited mileage
Under the Hood
Engine 4.7 DOHC 32V V83.0 DOHC 24V V6
Maximum Output (bhp @ rpm) 340 @ 6000224 @ 3800
Maximun Torque (Nm @ rpm) 460 @ 2700-5000510 @ 1600
Fuel Type / Recom. Octane Gasoline / 95~Diesel
Fuel System / Aspiration EFI / NACommon Rail / T
Fuel Mileage (km/L) 7.51 (mfg.)10.20 (mfg.)
Transmission 7-speed AT7-speed AT
Cruise Control NoNo
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 50885088
Width (mm) 19201920
Height (mm) 18501850
Wheelbase (mm) 30753075
Curb Weight (kg) 23552450
Body Type 5-door SUV5-door SUV
Engine / Drive F/AWD low locking F/AWD low locking
Seating 77
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, Double Wishbone AIRMATIC ADSIndependent, Double Wishbone AIRMATIC ADS
Rear Suspension Independent, Multi-Link AIRMATIC ADSIndependent, Multi-Link AIRMATIC ADS
Front Brakes Vented DiscVented Disc
Rear Brakes Vented DiscVented Disc
Tires 275/50 R 20 (f & r)275/50 R 20 (f & r)
Wheels Alloy 20 x 8.5 (f & r)Alloy 20 x 8.5 (f & r)
Safety Features
Airbags 88
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution); Brake Assist; DSR (Downhill Speed Regulator)Yes EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution); Brake Assist; DSR (Downhill Speed Regulator)
Traction / Stability Control Yes, ESP (Electronic Stability Program); 4ETS (4-Wheel Electronic Traction System)Yes, ESP (Electronic Stability Program); 4ETS (4-Wheel Electronic Traction System)
Other Safety Features GL 320 CDI + noneARCADE crash sensor with rollover protection; PRE-SAFE collision detection system; tire pressure mon
Exterior Features
Fog Lamps Front, rearFront, rear
Other Exterior Features GL 320 CDI + noneAutomatic HID headlamps (active); headlamp washers; rain-sensing wipers; roof rails; side mirror tur
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt/telescopic, electricTilt/telescopic, electric
Steering Wheel Material LeatherLeather
Seating Adjustment Electric (f)Electric (f)
Seating Surface LeatherLeather
Other Interior Features GL 320 CDI + noneWood accents; 60/40 split-fold 2nd row; 50/50 split-fold 3rd row; moon roof
Convenience Features
Power Amenities Steering, door locks, windows mirrors (dimming with fold) and tailgate; 3rd row seatsSteering, door locks, windows mirrors (dimming with fold) and tailgate; 3rd row seats
Climate Control Auto, 4-zoneAuto, 4-zone
Audio System Stereo/6-disc DVD/MP3/USB with 8 speakers (COMAND APS) rear entertainment systemStereo/6-disc DVD/MP3/USB with 8 speakers (COMAND APS) rear entertainment system; Harman/Kardon surr
No. of Speakers 88
Hands-Free Phone NoNo
On-Board Computer NoNo
Keyless Entry NoNo
Alarm and Immobilizer NoNo
Our Take
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