The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
(code name X164
) is a full-size crossover SUV
built by the German carmaker Mercedes-Benz
since 2006. The GL-Class debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show
. The car was designed for the American market, which is shown by its large size, making it the only similarly-sized rival up against Audi's Q7
by that time. It is the 7-passenger counterpart of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class
. Although the car was designed for the US market, it is also sold in Europe, albeit in far fewer numbers.
It lacks the typical SUV boxy styling and body-on-frame
construction of the G-Class
in favor of a modified version of the M-Class's unibody
architecture. Many motorists consider it the "Elongated and Wider" version of the recently redesigned M-Class. It is a three-row, 7-passenger SUV
with much more luxurious equipment than previous civilian G-Class vehicles. All GL-Class vehicles are assembled at Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc., Tuscaloosa County, Alabama and Mercedes-Benz Mexico
, Santiago Tianguistenco
. The GL class was originally intended to replace the 25-year old G-Class model, however due to public and fan outcries, Mercedes Benz had decided to keep the G-Class in production for the foreseeable future and decided to update it for 2006.
- GL 350 CDI BlueTec: 3.0 L V6 (diesel),
- GL 420 CDI: 4.0 L V8 (diesel), This motor has been revised three times over the subsequential years. It was offered in GL420......