Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (X166)

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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (X166)
Mercedes-Benz GL 500 4MATIC (X 166) – Frontansicht, 13. Juni 2014, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMercedes-Benz
Also calledMercedes-Benz GLS-Class
ProductionJune 2012 – present
Model years2013–present
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, four-wheel-drive (4matic)
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission7-speed 7G-Tronic automatic
9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,075 mm (121.1 in)
Length
  • 5,120 mm (201.6 in)
  • 5,130 mm (202.0 in) (facelift)
Width1,934 mm (76.1 in)
Height1,850 mm (72.8 in)
Kerb weight2,380–2,505 kg (5,247–5,523 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorMercedes-Benz GL-Class (X164)

The X166 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a full-size luxury SUV produced since 2012. It is the second and current generation model in the GL-Class range, and has been renamed to GLS-Class as of the 2016 facelift.[3]

Development and launch[edit]

The X166 GL-Class debuted at the 2012 New York International Auto Show and later went on sale on September 2012.[4] Compared to its predecessor, the GL-Class is 10 mm (0.4 in) taller, 14 mm (0.6 in) wider, 21 mm (0.8 in) longer,[5] and up to 100 kg (220 lb) lighter.[6]

Equipment[edit]

Standard equipment includes the COMAND system with a 5.8-inch display, LED headlights,[7] and an adaptive air suspension for up to 285 mm (11.2 in) of ground clearance.[8] Options include soft close doors, rear-seat infotainment displays, 20 and 21-inch wheel options, and an off-road package that adds an increased ride height, a skid plate, and a low-range gearbox.[9] The GL-Class is also available with driver assistance systems such as active cruise control, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring systems.[10]

Models[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h
GL400 2014– M276 E30
3.0 L V6 twin-turbo
245 kW (329 hp)
@ 5,250–6,000 rpm
480 N⋅m (354 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–4,000 rpm
6.7 s
GL450 2013–2014 M278 DE46
4.7 L V8 twin-turbo
270 kW (362 hp)
@ 5,000–6,000 rpm
550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,500–4,000 rpm
6.6 s
2015– M276 E30
3.0 L V6 twin-turbo
270 kW (362 hp)
@ 5,500–6,000 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,800–4,500 rpm
6.9 s
GL500 2012–2015 M278 DE46
4.7 L V8 twin-turbo
320 kW (429 hp)
@ 5,250 rpm
700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,800–3,500 rpm
5.4 s
2016– 335 kW (449 hp)
@ 5,250–5,500 rpm
700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,800–4,000 rpm
5.3 s
GL63
AMG
2013–2015 M157 DE55
5.5 L V8 twin-turbo
410 kW (550 hp)
@ 5,500 rpm
700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,000–4,500 rpm
4.9 s
2016– 430 kW (577 hp)
@ 5,500 rpm
760 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,750–5,250 rpm
4.6 s

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h
GL350
BlueTEC
2012– OM642 LS DE30
3.0 L V6 turbo
190 kW (255 hp)
@ 3,600 rpm
620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–2,400 rpm
7.9 s

GL63 AMG version[edit]

2017 GLS63 AMG (facelift)

The GL63 AMG was introduced at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.[11] It features a hand-built twin-turbocharged 5.5 L V8 that produces 410 kW (550 hp) and 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft). It is mated to a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS semi-automatic transmission, with Efficiency, Sport, and Manual modes.[12] Additional features include upgraded brakes, a sports exhaust, AMG exterior and interior styling, 21-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, and an air suspension system that automatically lowers the car at higher speeds.[13] The engine was updated in 2016 and now produces 430 kW (577 hp) and 760 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft).[14]

2016 facelift[edit]

The facelift was unveiled in November 2015 with production beginning from January 2016.[15]

The GL-Class model range was renamed to GLS to correspond with the new Mercedes naming scheme.[16] The exterior now featured full LED tail-lights and a revised front fascia with updated LED headlights, grille, and bumpers.[17] New exterior paint colours and alloy-wheel designs were also introduced.

Interior changes include a revised instrument panel and new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel,[18] as well as an upgraded free-standing 8-inch COMAND system display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.[19]

GL500 and GL63 AMG models received performance improvements, and the 7-speed automatic was replaced by the 9-speed 9G-Tronic transmission.[20]

Sales figures[edit]

The following are the sales figures for the X166 GL-Class:[21][22]

Note: 2012 sales figures include the previous generation model.

Year EU sales US sales
2012 1,573 26,042
2013 4,829 29,912
2014 4,187 26,597
2015 3,753 27,707
2016 5,361 30,442
2017 4,537 32,248
Total: 24,240 172,948

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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