Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a full-size luxury SUV manufactured by DaimlerChrysler from 2006 to 2007 followed by Daimler AG from 2007 to present coming in a 5 door and 7-seater SUV body style along with front-engine, four-wheel drive (4matic) layout. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz SUV line produced above the GLE-Class sharing similar unibody style. It was formerly known as the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class but from 2016 to present, it is known as the GLS-Class. Mercedes-Benz comes in three generations; the X164, X166, and X167. This article concentrates on the first and second generation of the GL-Class highlighting the model’s performance capability, comfortability, and safety features.
The First Generation: X164
The first generation of the GL-Class was in production between 2006 and 2012 as a full-size luxury SUV coming in a 5-door body style related to the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class. This generation joined the market with a total of three engine options including the 3.0 L V6 and 4.0 L V8 turbo-diesel engines as well as the 4.7-5.5 L V8 petrol engine supported by a 7-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.
This generation of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comes in two petrol engine options namely GL450 and GL500 whereby the former comes in a 335 hp with a torque of 2,700-5000 rpm while the latter comes in a 382 hp with a torque of 2,800-4,800. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comes in five diesel engines namely the GL320 CDI equipped by a 3.0 L V6 turbo engine powered by a 221 hp and a torque of 1,600-2,800 rpm, the GL350 CDI coming in a 3.0 L V6 engine powered by a 181 or 261 hp and a torque of 1,600-2,800 rpm or 1,750-2000 rpm, the GL350 CDI Bluetec coming in a 3.0 L V6 turbo engine powered by 208 hp along with a torque of 1,600-2,400 rpm, and lastly, the GL420 CDI and GL450 CDI both coming with a 4.0 L V8 twin-turbo engine powered by a 302 hp and a torque of 2,000-2,600 rpm.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comes with an amazing interior with enough room to accommodate up to 7 people in a luxury yet comfortable sitting arrangement. It is designed with 8-way power-adjustable front seats with driver seat memory and a roomy cabin coming with flexible seats that can be folded to create more room to load in cargo. To give you a more executive feel while onboard, Mercedes equipped the GL-Class with a fixed-glass rear sunroof that blocks the sun and lets you enjoy the outside scenery.
On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz lets you have an exclusive technological experience while on the road as it comes with multifunctional buttons on the steering wheel that allows you to access multiple features with just a shift of your fingertips. If you are a music lover, Mercedes-Benz is ready to fulfill all your musical demands with its in-dash 6-DVD/CD changer and a memory card reader, HD Radio stations with over 130 channels of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, iPod integration, and a 4GB music Register.
Safety & Security
This generation of Mercedes-Benz comes with essential safety and security features that are meant to keep both the driver and the passengers safe. It is designed with Bi-Xenon headlamps that shine with close perception to natural daylight along with LED Daytime Running Lamps and taillamps, Blind Spot Assist that alerts the driver about unforeseen vehicles, a PRE-SAFE system that detects vehicle instability, an Emergency-sensing system; a dua system that comes with an Electronic Stability Program and a Brake Assist, Nine standard airbags offering 13 total ways of protection which are the most offered by any SUV and finally a Post-collision response.
The Second Generation: X166
Mercedes-Benz took an interesting advancement with its second generation of the GL-Class which entered the market between 2013 and 2019 in a 5-door SUV coming in a range of 4 different engine options powered by either a 7-speed 7G-Tronic or 9-speed 9G Tronic automatic transmission.
Similar to the first generation, this generation comes with both petrol and diesel engines. Petrol engines are designed in four different models including the GL350 equipped by a 3.0 L V6 twin-turbo engine powered by a 329 hp and a torque of 1,600-4,000 rpm, the GL450 coming in either a 4.7 L V8 or 3.0 L V6 twin-turbo engine powered by a 362 hp and a torque between 1,500/1,800 – 4,000/4,500 rpm, the GL550 coming in either a 429 or 449 hp with a torque of 1,800 – 3,500/4,000 rpm and finally the GL63 coming in either a 550 or 577 hp and a torque ranging between 2,000-4500 rpm and 1,750-5,250 rpm.
The second generation comes with a much better experience of the GL-Class as it is equipped with a spacious luxury interior which you can enter with just a click of a button thanks to the EASY-ENTRY feature. One can simply create more room by either reclining or folding the 2nd and 3rd row to accommodate up to five people in total or two people and nearly 50 cu ft of cargo while maintaining an elegant luxury experience. Mercedes-Benz designed this generation’s models with the Rear Seat Entertainment system with dual inputs, wireless remotes, and wireless headsets that allows the passengers to play games or watch together.
For parking accuracy or simply the trailer attachment, the G-Class comes with a Surrounding View System designed for cameras into a birds-eye view.
Safety and Security
Mercedes equipped the GL-Class with safety and security features to not only ensure the road safety of the driver and the passengers while on the road but also to assist the driver for a better experience. This generation is only getting better than the previous one as it comes with Radar-based cruise control; the Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake that allows you to slowly accelerate to the flow of traffic, the PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist system which allows you to park the GL virtually, a Crosswind Assist that helps detect strong wind and maximizes the vehicle’s stability, Trailer Stability Assist that monitors the trailer oscillations that may occur while towing, Collision Prevention Assist that alerts the driver once it senses a close approach with another vehicle, and an Attention Assist with visual and audible alert.
If you are looking to join the Mercedes-Benz family, the GL-Class is a perfect choice for many as it offers an exclusive SUV experience with enough room and maximum engine capability that can give you an unforgettable on and off-road experience. To make a quick purchase, Visit BE FORWARD.