Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (2006–2013)
Huge, full 7-seater stretch of ML, 5,080mm long and 1,920mm wide. 224bhp 3.0V6 GL320CDI V6, 272bhp GL350 V6, 306bhp GL500 V8, 314bhp GL420CDI V8 (with 538lb ft torque), 510bhp GL63AMG. Prices from £45,000 (£10,000 more than ML280CDI).
Luggage compartment capacity is 1,240 litres. GL-Class can provide up to 2,300 litres of load capacity, with the load compartment measuring 2,128 mm in length.
Automatic climate control system fitted as standard in the GL 320 CDI provides consistent temperature for all seven seats. V8s such as the GL 420 CDI, GL 450 and GL 500 come with the standard-fit multi-zone luxury climate control system, which offers even more climatic comfort.
Other standard-fit convenience and comfort appointments include ARTICO man-made and leather upholstery combinations, electrically adjustable front seats and a fixed rear glass roof above the third row of seats. Unibody monocoque construction. Adaptive, two-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger. Sidebags in the front, and in the middle row of seats as an option. Windowbags across all three rows of seats from the A- to the D-pillar. NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints for driver and front passenger as standard. Three-point seatbelts on all seven seats.
Special off-road features such as Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR), hill-start assist and off-road ABS assist the GL-Class driver off road. The Off-Road Pro engineering package, standard on all European models, means the GL-Class can also handle the most extreme off-road terrain. This includes a two-speed transfer case with a low range ratio and 100 per cent differential locks for the transfer case and the rear axle. Modified AIRMATIC air suspension, designed specifically for more demanding conditions, increases ground clearance to a maximum of 307 mm where required, and raises fording depth to 600 mm.
Alongside the 165 kW/224 hp V6 engine in the GL 320 CDI, the range of diesel models includes the new-generation high-performance V8 diesel in the GL 420 CDI, which now has an output of 225 kW/ 306 hp and maximum torque of 700 Nm. Both diesel-powered versions undercut the EU4 limits. In addition to the newly developed 5.5-litre, 285 kW/388hp engine in the GL 500, launched earlier in the new S-Class, the second unit in this ultra-modern V8 family of engines is celebrating its world premiere in the GL-Class. In the GL 450 the 4.6-litre engine develops 250 kW/340 hp. Both engines also fulfil the stringent EU 4 limits (USA: LEV II standard).
All GL-Class engine variants come with the standard-fit 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT