2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

GL350 BlueTEC 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Originally destined to replace the G series, the GL is too civilized to replace the aging G series when it comes to off road prowess. The GL joins the ranks of Mercedes produces that are built in the USA. Specifically, the Alabama plant that also produces the M and R classes. The mass produced, unibody for the GL is shared with those other two models, though on the road, the vehicles have a distinctively different feel which keeps the models separate at least for the person behind the wheel.

The engine choices for the GL are a 4.7 liter V-8 for the GL 450. A 3.0 liter turbo diesel powers the GL 350 Blue TEC. The top of the line GL 550 gets its motivation from. A 5.5 liter 382 HP V-8. All engines send their power through a seven speed automatic transmission. All models come with adjustable air bag suspension and all-wheel drive, regardless of the engine that is chosen.

While a fairly pricey entry into this segment, the GL accommodates with its luxury appointments, spacious cabin, and more carlike ride than some of the competitor's.
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A series of violent storms and tornadoes that tore through the southern U.S. on Wednesday has halted production at a Toyota and a Mercedes-Benz factory in Alabama. The storms knocked out power lines to the factories and shut down some roads, causing an interruption of supply deliveries, according to Automotive News.
2009 Mercedes Benz CL550 4MATIC Front Three Quarter
Mercedes is always looking at new and better powertrain options for their comprehensive line of luxury vehicles. With a history of gasoline, diesel, hybrid and now even full electric vehicles, the German technological powerhouse is making an effort to use a different kind of Kinetic Energy Recovery System to harness all the countless hours of energy people expend on the internet.
2011 Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec Hp
The big Mercedes SUV is such an indulgence: yards and yards of beautiful black leather, substantial headrests, rich chrome trim, bountiful and sumptuous room for seven. With the GL350's turbocharged diesel V-6 engine, the EPA says the GL will eke out 21 mpg on the freeway, which is perhaps one way to justify the use of such a massive and heavy vehicle as a people carrier, when for most owners a minivan, perhaps even Mercedes-Benz's own R-class, would suffice. If it seems like I have mixed feelings about the GL-class, I do: I can't help but admire its looks and its capabilities, but I also can't ignore its wastefulness. [Admittedly, I have the same feelings when I get into a Range Rover.] That said, the Bluetec diesel at least attempts to address that issue, and it's a damn fine powertrain.
2011 Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec Side
Twenty-three miles per gallon out of a monster like this is pretty darn impressive, but that's the trip computer's indicated mileage over the last 700-some journalist-driven miles. Granted, the EPA's rating for this vehicle is a more modest 17 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined, but even those numbers are very good for a 5400-pound, seven-passenger vehicle.
2011 Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec Front
As we've heard from several luxury automakers recently, the full-size SUV market isn't dead. There will always be customers with the means to purchase the biggest and most luxurious SUVs on the market. The total number of big SUV sales will never be as high as it was during the SUV binge of the 1990s, but these vehicles represent too much potential profit for automakers to abandon the segment. There are a few ways to continue offering big SUVs once the more aggressive CAFE regulations take effect. One would be simply to continue selling heavy gas guzzlers and just pay the required fines. Another way is to use diesel engines, hybrid systems, and lighter weight materials.
2011 Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec Badge 3
I wish this beast were staying through the weekend. I have a 500-mile trip coming up, and short of an S-class, I can think of no finer Mercedes-Benz product to use for such a long-distance interstate haul -- especially if more than five people are involved.
2011 Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec Key Fob
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec
2011 Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec Side

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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class Specifications

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3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
21 MPG
210 hp @ 3400rpm
400 ft lb of torque @ 1600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 999 months
IIHS Roof Strength
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
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IIHS Rear Crash

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