2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class  -  $63,305


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $63,305
Base Invoice: $58,937
Destination Charge: $905
Options: $0
Trim: 4MATIC 4dr GL 350 BlueTEC
Doors: 4
Drive train: All Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 22 | City: 19 | Hwy: 26
Body Style: GL 350 BlueTEC SUV
Transmission: Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission
Engine: 3.0L DOHC 24-valve turbocharged V6 BlueTEC diesel engine

Pros

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


Model News

The full-size Mercedes-Benz GL-Class sport-utility vehicle gets a complete redesign for 2013, with new, more fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, additional advanced safety features and even more luxurious cabin appointments than before.

The new GL-Class is offered in GL 350 BlueTec, GL 450 and GL 550 models, with a top-performance GL 63 AMG model available in early calendar-year 2013.


Model Highlights

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is offered in three different models: the GL 350 BlueTec, the GL 450 and the GL 550. Engines are the key difference between the three; GL 350 BlueTec models come with a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 engine making 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, while GL 450 models include a 4.6L bi-turbo gasoline V8 making 362 hp and 406 lb-ft. GL 550 models include a higher-output version making 429 hp and 516 lb-ft.

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 GL 450 V8. Yet with EPA fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 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 solution called AdBlue into the exhaust flow, cleaning up emissions. V8 models are a bit smoother and higher revving and these stoutly constructed V8 engines have a thicker new piston-crown design to handle the extra power. Both have direct injection, refined variable valve timing and twin turbochargers for a wide torque curve and fuel economy that's more typical for large V8 SUVs (14/19 mpg for the GL 450, or 13/18 for the GL 550).

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.

Just as on the outside, where the redesigned GL models aren't quite as boxy and truck-like as last year--they're a little more sculpted instead--the GL has evolved to be more luxurious and carlike than ever inside. The front seats in the Mercedes-Benz GL 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 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's 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, while keeping under 7 mph. 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.

Later in the model year--though also as a 2013 model--a high-performance Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG model will join the lineup, including a twin-turbocharged, hand-built V8 engine making 550 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.


Value Writeup

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 is also stronger than most in this class, with some of the same advanced-tech items that wow in Mercedes' S-Class flagship.

It's also a standout simply for the fuel-efficient, clean-diesel GL 350 BlueTec, which gets up to 26 mpg yet with no serious penalty in performance.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.7

EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
26 MPG

Cruising Range - City
501.60 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
19 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
22 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
686.40 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Diesel V6

Displacement
3.0L/182

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 3600

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
455 @ 1600-2400

Trans Type
7

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.34

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73

Passenger Capacity
7

Passenger Volume
143.6 ft³

Front Head Room
41.2 in

Front Leg Room
40.3 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.5 in

Second Head Room
40.0 in

Second Leg Room
38.5 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.3 in

Third Head Room
38.9 in

Third Leg Room
35.0 in

Third Shoulder Room
50.5 in

Wheelbase
121.1 in

Length, Overall
201.6 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
84.3 in

Height, Overall
72.8 in

Track Width, Front
64.8 in

Track Width, Rear
65.5 in

Min Ground Clearance
8.5 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1
84.1 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2
52.4 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3
19.7 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
93.8 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
49.4 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 3
16.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
5467 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
5000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
500 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
7500 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
600 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Air Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Air Springs

Front Tire Size
P275/55R19

Rear Tire Size
P275/55R19

Front Wheel Size
20 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
20 x 8.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
40.7 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.8 x 1.3 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.6 x 0.9 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
26.4 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
4

Drivetrain Miles/km
50,000

Corrosion Years
4

Corrosion Miles/km
50,000

Roadside Assistance Years
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
Unlimited

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
13V166000

Mfg's Report Date
APR 29, 2013

Component
SEAT BELTS

Potential Number of Units Affected
256

Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (Mercedes) is recalling certain model year 2013 GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 4MATIC, GL550 4MATIC, and GL63 AMG vehicles manufactured May 15, 2012 through October 4, 2012. The second row seat belt anchor fitting bolts may not be properly torqued.

Consequence
If the bolts are not properly torqued, the seat belt anchor bolts may continue to loosen and in the the event of a crash, the belted occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury.

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners and dealers will check, and tighten the bolts of the seat belt anchor fittings, as necessary, free of charge. The recall campaign began on May 24, 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

3.0L DOHC 24-valve turbocharged V6 BlueTEC diesel engine

Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission -inc: Direct Select

4MATIC all-wheel drive

Independent double wishbone front suspension

Independent 4-arm multi-link rear suspension

AIRMATIC air suspension -inc: crosswind stabilization

Front/rear stabilizer bar

Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

4-wheel pwr ventilated disc brakes

Dual chrome exhaust tips

19" twin 5-spoke aluminum wheels

P275/55R19 all-season tires

Pwr tilt/slide sunroof w/sunshade -inc: 1-touch open/close

Black roof rails

Rear bumper load sill

Automatic headlamps -inc: twilight sensor & programmable locator lighting

Exterior pwr mirrors

Privacy glass

Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers

Intermittent rear wiper w/washer

AM/FM stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer -inc: MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input, in-dash SD memory card reader, Bluetooth hands-free communication system

COMAND cockpit management & data system

MB-Tex seat trim

10-way pwr front bucket seats -inc: 4-way pwr driver lumbar, active head restraints

Heated front seats

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

Front/rear velour floor mats

Tilt/telescoping steering column

Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel w/shift paddles

Electronic instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer

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

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System

1st & 2nd row pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down

Pwr rear quarter windows

SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking

SmartKey infrared remote -inc: tailgate open, windows open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, door lock/unlock

mbrace in-vehicle services -inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification, (6) months Hughes Telematics service

Integrated (3) button garage door opener

Cruise control

Anti-theft alarm w/engine immobilizer

Dual-zone automatic climate control -inc: dust filter

Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff

(6) cup & (2) bottle holders

12-volt pwr outlets -inc: ashtray, rear center console, cargo area

Eucalyptus wood trim

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Dual visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors

Ambient lighting

Carpeted cargo area floor mounted tie-down hooks

Retractable cargo cover

Anti-lock braking system w/brake assist system (BAS)

Electronic stability program (ESP) w/trailer stabilization system

LED daytime driving lamps

PRE-SAFE brake

POST-SAFE accident response -inc: auto door unlock, engine/fuel cutoff

Steel-reinforced cabin -inc: front & rear crumple zones

Front dual-stage airbags -inc: occupant classification system

1st & 2nd row side-impact airbags

Driver knee airbag

1st, 2nd, & 3rd row window curtain airbags

Rear view camera

Active front seat belts w/automatic height adjustable shoulder belts

Front & rear outboard seatbelts -inc: pre-tensioners & force limiters

Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system -inc: rear-seat ISOFIX anchor system

Child safety rear door locks

Tire pressure monitoring system

 
BLACK
$0

 
ARCTIC WHITE
$0

 
OBSIDIAN BLACK METALLIC
$720

 
CINNABAR RED METALLIC
$720

 
DAKOTA BROWN METALLIC
$720

 
PEARL BEIGE METALLIC
$720

 
STEEL GREY METALLIC
$720

 
IRIDIUM SILVER METALLIC
$720

 
LUNAR BLUE METALLIC
$720

 
DIAMOND WHITE METALLIC
$1,515

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
BLACK, MB-TEX SEAT TRIM
$0

 
ALMOND BEIGE, MB-TEX SEAT TRIM
$0

 
GREY, MB-TEX SEAT TRIM
$0

 
BLACK, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$1,620

 
ALMOND BEIGE, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$1,620

 
GREY, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$1,620

 
BLACK, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$4,800

 
AUBURN BROWN, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$4,800

 
PORCELAIN, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$4,800

 
PREMIUM 1 PKG
$3,500

 
PREMIUM 2 PKG
$5,850

 
LIGHTING PKG
$1,290

 
ON/OFF-ROAD PKG
$2,850

 
DRIVER ASSISTANCE PKG
$2,800

 
LANE TRACKING PKG
$850

 
PARKING ASSIST PKG
$1,290

 
CLASS IV TRAILER HITCH
$550

 
ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM
$3,950

 
20" TWIN 5-SPOKE ALUMINUM WHEELS
$750

 
PWR TILT/SLIDE PANORAMA SUNROOF W/SUNSHADE
$1,090

 
ILLUMINATED RUNNING BOARDS
$670

 
REAR SEAT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
$1,950

 
REAR SEAT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM PREP
$170

 
10-WAY PWR FRONT MULTICONTOUR BUCKET SEATS W/MASSAGE
$1,100

 
HEATED & ACTIVE VENTILATED FRONT SEATS
$570

 
PWR EASY-ENTRY 2ND ROW SEATS
$400

 
HEATED REAR SEATS
$620

 
WOOD & LEATHER-WRAPPED MULTI-FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL
$590

 
HEATED MULTI-FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL
$225

 
DESIGNO WOOD/LEATHER STEERING WHEEL
$1,050

 
3-ZONE AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL
$1,450

 
BURL WALNUT WOOD TRIM
$0

 
BLACK PIANO DESIGNO LACQUER WOOD TRIM
$1,600

 
CARGO TRAY W/BOX
$160

 
PARKTRONIC W/PARKING ASSIST
$970


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