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By Cars.com Staff
June 20, 2008
Vehicle Overview The GL-Class lineup consists of the diesel GL320 and the gas GL450 and GL550. The GL-series seats seven people with a third row seat. The GL competes with the Acura MDX and BMW X5.
What's new for 2009 The new Bluetec turbo-diesel V-6 is replacing the CDI diesel engine from the previous year. Also Mercedes' Pre-Safe collision-mitigation system is now standard equipment on all GL-Class models.
Exterior A raked hood imparts a sporty appearance that's augmented by the muscular flared wheel arches. Twin power domes running the length of the hood recall similar cues in the company's classic 300SL Gullwing sports cars.
GL550 has a different front grille, fender flares and 21-inch wheels
Interior Seating for seven is standard, along with a new multimedia head unit featuring Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and advanced audio, video and navigation functions.
Command electronic system for entertainment, navigation and climate control
Keyless-Go standard on GL550
Wood and leather appointed interior
Seating for seven
Available rear DVD entertainment system
Under the Hood Three engine options are available, depending on the model chosen. A seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.
New Bluetec turbo-diesel V-6 produces 210 horsepower and 398 pounds-feet of torque
GL450's 335-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 produces 339 pounds-feet of torque
GL550's 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 produces 391 pounds-feet of torque
Safety The GL-Class uses a combination of cheaper-to-replace bolt-on steel crash boxes and lightweight aluminum sections to minimize weight and repair expenses while maximizing crash safety. Other standard safety equipment includes:
Side curtain airbags for all three rows
Side-impact airbags for first and second rows
Electronic stability system
Pre-Safe collision-mitigation system
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