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.
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.
- Sporty appearance
- GL550 has a different front grille, fender flares and 21-inch wheels
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
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
- Antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system
- Pre-Safe collision-mitigation system