2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Available in 3 styles:  2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450 4dr AWD 4MATIC shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

12–17 city / 17–21 hwy


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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 5.0 3
$ 24,467-45,035
June 14, 2011
Vehicle Overview

The GL-Class lineup consists of the diesel GL350 Bluetec, 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 Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

New for 2012
Minimal changes for 2012 include standard LED daytime running lights and minor interior tweaks.

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 car. Exterior features include:

  • GL450 has 19-inch wheels
  • GL350 Bluetec has 20-inch wheels
  • GL550 has 21-inch wheels

The GL's backup camera adds directional lines for 2012. Seating for seven is standard, along with a multimedia system featuring Bluetooth hands-free connectivity plus audio, video and navigation functions. Interior features include:

  • Standard "mbrace" communication system
  • Mercedes' Comand system controls entertainment and navigation settings
  • Keyless start standard on GL550
  • Wood and leather materials
  • Available rear DVD entertainment system
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats in GL550

Under the Hood
Three engines are available, and a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Mechanical features include:

  • GL350's diesel V-6 produces 210 horsepower and 400 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 features include:

  • 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
  • Optional Blind Spot Assist

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