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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4MATIC 4dr GL550

4MATIC 4dr GL550

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Price with options: $84,450

MSRP: $84,450

Base Invoice: $78,539

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Sport Utility

MPG

City: 12 - Hwy: 17

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Pros

The big change for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is in the GL450's engine compartment, where a new turbocharged 3.0L V6 replaces the previous 4.6L V8. The new engine produces 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, right on par with the engine it replaces but also more fuel efficient, with stop-start technology that helps it achieve 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Model Highlights

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is offered in four different models: the GL350 BlueTec, the GL450, the GL550 and the GL63 AMG. Engines are the key difference between the four: GL350 BlueTec models come with a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 engine that makes 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, while GL450 models include a new 3.0 turbocharged gasoline V6 making 362 hp and 369 lb-ft. GL550 models include a 4.6L V8 rated at 429 hp and 516 lb-ft, while the GL63 AMG gets a 5.5L bi-turbo V8 making 550 hp.

The BlueTec diesel engine is one of the stars of the lineup, as it manages more low-rpm torque -- what matters for towing and full loads -- than the GL450 V6. Yet with EPA fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city and 26 highway, this 7-passenger SUV is just as efficient as some much smaller crossovers. It's also 50-state certified, thanks to a system that injects a urea solution Mercedes-Benz calls "AdBlue" into the exhaust flow. The new V6 delivers the same power as the 4.6L V8 it replaces while also improving fuel economy. And the big V8 is smooth and high revving, with a thick piston-crown design to handle the extra power. In addition, both the V6 and V8 gasoline engines now feature stop-start technology to aid overall economy.

Throughout the lineup, the GL-Class has a 7-speed automatic transmission that teams with 4MATIC 4-wheel drive and has been optimized for better mileage and durability plus responsiveness and refinement. In each case, it makes the most of engine power for passing or strong acceleration, yet it's smooth and unobtrusive during relaxed driving.

The GL-Class is Mercedes-Benz's own alternative to the truck-like G-Class and it therefore offers a more car-like driving and ownership experience. The front seats in the GL-Class can be equipped with heating, ventilation and multi-contour functions that not only massage you but give you added support in corners. The GL-Class has second-row seats that are adult-sized and have a power-operated access feature to make it easier to reach the third row, which is split 50/50 and can be flipped forward -- as can the second row.

A height-adjustable AIRMATIC suspension system is included in all GL models, and it helps soak up road shocks while keeping the body level. Electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering with speed-dependent power assist brings a confident feel both at high speeds and trail speeds. Meanwhile, the GL-Class retains its truck-caliber abilities, with excellent towing capability as well as off-road chops--when you check the right option boxes. With the On & Offroad Package, the GL-Class gets additional underfloor paneling, a dual-range transmission, and underrun protection for the engine, as well as a version of the AIRMATIC suspension that allows more ground clearance -- up to 12 inches, with a water-fording depth of 23.6 inches.

The latest version of Mercedes-Benz' COMAND screen-based interface is part of the instrument panel of every new GL-Class. COMAND manages entertainment and includes HD Radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio streaming, while an iPod interface, satellite radio and enhanced voice control are available. A hard-drive navigation system is optional and it can incorporate real-time Sirius traffic information and Zagat restaurant ratings. A rear-seat entertainment system is also optional and includes two 8-inch screens plus wireless headphones and a DVD player, while the top entertainment possibility is a Harman/Kardon Logic7 surround-sound system with 830 watts and 14 speakers.

The GL-Class is also loaded with active-safety features. Attention Assist looks for signs that the driver may be drowsy, while Collision Prevention Assist warns the driver of a possible collision and primes the brakes. Active Parking Assist is also available and helps automatically steer the vehicle into a spot while the driver controls acceleration and braking. Other optional active-safety features include Active Lane Keeping Assist, an Active Curve System and a 360-degree Surround View camera system. A Panorama Roof is also available. Many of these options are grouped in packages and two Premium Packages add hard-drive navigation, memory front seats, interior ambient lighting, illuminated door sills and audio upgrades. Three-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and stylish real woodgrain trims are also on the options list.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Model News

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a step larger and roomier than most other luxury crossovers as it has three rows of usable seating, but it does compete directly with a set of vehicles that includes the Audi Q7 and INFINITI QX56, as well as the Cadillac Escalade. Among these, the GL-Class stands out for being less truck-like in look and feel, with a more refined ride. The set of luxury features on offer in the GL-Class is also stronger than most in this class, with some of the same advanced-tech items that wow in Mercedes-Benz' S-Class flagship.

The fuel-efficient, clean-diesel GL350 BlueTec is a major highlight. It manages to get up to 26 mpg yet with no serious penalty in performance.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Value Writeup

Tough, yet luxurious styling; brawny engines; fuel-efficient BlueTec diesel; smooth ride; three rows of seating; leading-edge safety-tech features

Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake Type Pwr
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )  
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.7 x 1.3
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 0.9
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)  
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180
Engine
Displacement 5.5L/333
Engine Order Code  
Engine Type Gas V8
Fuel System SMPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 382 @ 6000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 391 @ 2800 - 4800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 12
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A) 14
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Control arm w/stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Airmatic
Suspension Type - Rear Four-link w/wtabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Airmatic
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)  
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.70
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92
Trans Description Cont. Automatic
Trans Description Cont. Again  
Trans Order Code  
Trans Type 7
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD -
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5545
ENTERTAINMENT
AM/FM stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer & HDD navigation -inc: auxiliary audio input, in-dash SD memory card reader, Bluetooth interface w/hands-free communication system, 40-GB hard-drive navigation system, 4GB music register, enhanced voice control, Harman Kardon LOGIC7 sound system w/Dolby Digital 5.1, SIRIUS satellite radio w/real-time traffic, iPod/MP3 media interface in glovebox w/cable, HD Radio, rear audio/video controls, (11) speakers
Ambient lighting
COMAND cockpit management & data system
EXTERIOR
21" x 10" 5-spoke AMG aluminum wheels
3rd row fixed panorama sunroof w/sunshade
Automatic headlamps -inc: twilight sensor & programmable locator lighting
Brushed aluminum rubber-studded running boards
Chrome roof rails
Chrome trim -inc: window beltline, rear bumper load sill
Corner-illuminating front foglamps w/chrome trim
Exterior heated pwr mirrors w/memory & auto-dimming driver side mirror
Fender flares
Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
P295/40R21 all-season performance tires
Pwr tilt/slide sunroof w/sunshade -inc: 1-touch open/close
Rain-sensing windshield wipers w/heated washer system
Rear privacy glass
Single red rear foglamp
Temporary spare tire w/steel wheel
INTERIOR
(6) cup & (2) bottle holders
10-way pwr front bucket seats -inc: memory, 4-way pwr driver lumbar, active head restraints
12-volt pwr outlets -inc: ashtray, rear center console, cargo area
1st & 2nd row pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down
2nd row pwr 60/40- split flat-folding seats w/adjustable head restraints
3rd row pwr 50/50-split flat-folding seats w/adjustable head restraints
Anti-theft alarm w/remote panic feature
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Bi-Xenon headlamps -inc: headlamp cleaning system & active curve illumination
Burl walnut wood trim
Carpeted cargo area floor mounted tie-down hooks
Cruise control
Dual visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual-zone automatic climate control -inc: dust filter
Electronic instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, gear/mode selection
Front/rear floor mats
Heated & active ventilated front seats
Integrated (3) button garage door opener
Keyless Go
Leather seat trim
Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System
Mercedes-benz mbrace
Multi-function display -inc: trip meter, outside temp, maintenance system, oil-level check, audio features, vehicle reminder & message indicator, programmable settings, trip computer, mobile phone book
Parktronic system w/rear view camera
Premium interior lighting
Pwr liftgate -inc: 1-touch open/close/lock, close assist
Pwr rear quarter windows
Pwr tilt/telescopic steering column w/memory
Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
Retractable cargo cover
SmartKey infrared remote -inc: tailgate open, windows open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, door lock/unlock
SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking
Wood & leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel
MECHANICAL
4-wheel pwr ventilated disc brakes
4MATIC all-wheel drive
5.5L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
7-speed automatic transmission -inc: Direct Select, driver-adaptive shift logic
AIRMATIC self-leveling air suspension w/adjustable height
Driver-activated off-road driving program
Dual chrome exhaust tips
Front/rear stabilizer bar
Independent 4-arm multi-link rear suspension
Independent double wishbone front suspension
Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
Stainless steel front/rear skid plates
SAFETY
1st & 2nd row side-impact airbags
1st, 2nd, & 3rd row window curtain airbags
Active front seat belts w/automatic height adjustable shoulder belts
Anti-lock braking system w/brake assist
Child safety rear door locks
Driver knee airbag
Electronic stability program
Front & rear outboard seatbelts -inc: pre-tensioners & force limiters
Front dual-stage airbags -inc: occupant classification system
LED daytime running lamps
POST-SAFE accident response -inc: auto door unlock, engine/fuel cutoff
PRE-SAFE predictive occupant-protection system -inc: NECK-PRO head restraints
Steel-reinforced cabin -inc: front & rear crumple zones
Tire pressure monitoring system
Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system