2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Overview
Mercedes-Benz's seven-passenger GL-Class was redesigned for 2013 with all-new styling inside and out. It wasn’t just a new face; interior room and standard features were increased, plus two new turbocharged V-8 engines and a re-engineered diesel V-6 were available under the hood.
With three rows of seats standard, the GL-Class competes with flagship SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, the Infiniti QX56 and the Lexus LX 570.
The 2014 GL-Class features air suspension and available active stabilizer bars to mitigate body lean, standard 19-inch alloy wheels; 20-inch and 21-inch wheels available, and aluminum running boards.
The GL-Class has available leather upholstery, and a standard faux leather stitched dashboard. Technology features include a standard 4.5-inch screen between the main gauges and a knob-based Command system. The second and third row seats feature power-folding and power-tumbling to allow easy access for its passengers.
Under the Hood
The GL350 BlueTec 4Matic has 240-horsepower, turbodiesel V-6 engine that makes 455 pounds-feet of torque, while the GL450 4Matic uses a 362-hp, twin-turbo V-8 with direct injection that produces 406 pounds-feet of torque, lastly the GL550 4Matic employs a 429-hp, twin-turbo V-8 with direct injection that makes 516 pounds-feet of torque. Available off-road package includes skid plates, a two-stage transfer case, a locking center differential and air-suspension adjustments to render up to 12 inches of ground clearance. Mercedes says the GL-Class can ford nearly 2 feet of water when equipped with off-road package.
The GL-Class features many standard safety features including electronic stability system, antilock brakes, and crosswind stabilization that keeps the GL in its lane during high winds. The interior is fitted with side-impact airbags front and rear, side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. Additional options include sensors and cameras that help with accident prevention such as blind spot warning system, lane departure warning system, surround-view camera, PreSafe system augments collision mitigation with automatic braking, collision warning and mitigation system, and Attention Assist to alert sleepy drivers.
*Overview Courtesy of Cars.com