2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Available in 3 styles:  2011 Mercedes-Benz GL450 4dr AWD 4MATIC shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

12–17 city / 17–21 hwy


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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4.1 8
$ 20,497-38,509
May 20, 2010
Vehicle Overview
The GL-Class lineup consists of the diesel GL350 Bluetec (formerly the GL320), available in all 50 states, and the gas GL450 and GL550. All GLs seat seven people in three rows of seats. The GL competes with the Acura MDX and BMW X5.

New for 2011
Changes include new head restraints for the second- and third-row seats that are designed to reduce whiplash potential and an inside mirror with an integrated compass. The GL550 has a restyled bumper, and a blind-spot detection system is available on all models. A new telematics system called "mbrace" is standard and offers new features such as using a smartphone to lock or unlock a vehicle remotely.

A raked hood imparts a sporty appearance that's augmented by 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.
  • GL450 has 19-inch wheels
  • GL350 Bluetec has 20-inch wheels
  • GL550 has 21-inch wheels

Seating for seven is standard, along with a multimedia system featuring Bluetooth hands-free connectivity plus audio, video and navigation functions.
  • Standard "mbrace" telematics system
  • Mercedes' Comand system controls entertainment, navigation and climate settings
  • Keyless start standard on GL550
  • Wood and leather materials
  • Seating for seven
  • Available rear DVD entertainment system
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats standard in GL550

Under the Hood
Three engine options are available, and a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.
  • GL350's 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. The Post-Safe system unlocks the doors and shuts down the engine and fuel system after an accident. 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, which tightens seat belts and closes windows prior to impact
  • Blind Spot Assist detection system (optional)

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