Mercedes Benz GL Models and GL History

Conceived as a luxury crossover vehicle larger than the M-Class, the Mercedes-Benz GL first appeared in 2007. The 2007 GL-Class crossover utilized a stretched version of the M-Class platform consisting of a 6.4-inch longer wheelbase. This additional length afforded the Mercedes GL seven-passenger seating capacity. Featuring a 335-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 engine equipped GL450 and a GL320 CDI powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel, the 2007 consisted of two premium equipped, all-wheel drive crossover models. A 382-horsepower Mercedes-Benz GL550 propelled by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine was introduced in 2008 and the diesel model of the GL was upgraded to a 3.0-liter BlueTEC diesel powerplant for 2009. Styling for the Mercedes-Benz GL was updated in 2010 defined with new bumpers, chrome tailpipes as well as LED fog lights and taillights. For 2012, the Mercedes-Benz GL crossover received AMG treatment led by a 557-horsepower V-8 powerplant. Special sport seating, high-performance brakes and 21-inch wheels were also added to the GL63 AMG model. An updated version of the GL-Class appears for the 2017 and is rebranded as the GLS-Class.

New and Used GL Prices, Mercedes Benz GL Model Years and History

The large GL-Class returns, packed with features, a powerful engine and roomy seating for seven.
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The popular GL class is Mercedes-Benz’s behemoth SUV, with seating for seven, ample storage and towing capacity and a complete array of luxurious amenities to go with it.
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 5 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
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Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

A full-size SUV, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a seven passenger vehicle available in standard and diesel engines.
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 3 / 5
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 4 / 5
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Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 3.5
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

Completely redesigned for 2013, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a full size seven passenger luxury SUV available in GL350 BlueTEC, GL450, and GL550 trim levels.
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 3 / 5
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 4 / 5
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A full-size luxury SUV, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offers a diesel variant and seating for seven.
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 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
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Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

A full size SUV, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offers seven passenger seating and a diesel model, making it an attractive luxury package.
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 4 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

A luxury SUV with seating for up to seven passengers, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has subtly updated styling for the new year.
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 4 / 5
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 4 / 5
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Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

With extra length and capacity behind the rear seats, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class large luxury SUV is smooth on the road, while roomy and comfortable inside for up to seven passengers.
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 3 / 5
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A large luxury SUV with seating for up to seven passengers, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has added the GL550 to the lineup which already includes the GL320 CDI and the GL450.
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 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
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 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

A brand new seven-passenger, full-size luxury SUV, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz comes standard with AWD on both trims.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 2.3
Interior Comfort
 4.3
Acceleration
 4.3
Dependability
 2.7
Handling
 3.7
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 2.7

J.D. Power Rating Legend
Among the Best
5 / 5
Better than Most
4 / 5
About Average
3 / 5
The Rest
2 / 5

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