Powerful, spacious, and solidly built, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is among the best three-row crossover SUVs in the market. And strong brakes, fuel-sipping diesel V6, spacious room for seven people, serene and classy interior, and an authoritative power add the icing to the cake. Its date of release is rumored to be in July 2017.
The underlying factors that propel any vehicle to the top of the league lie in the special details it pays close attention to. For a very long time now, Mercedes has been steadfast in offering these distinct tidbits, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is the absolute proof. For starters, the GL-Class is the company’s largest and most versatile SUV.
Ever since this vehicle got a redesign a while back, its competitors have been scrambling to keep up by constantly updating and refreshing their vehicles, but nothing seems to shake the authoritative GL-Class. Although it is quite obvious the class has affordable vehicles than the GL-Class, the vehicle is undoubtedly a monopoly when it comes to almost all features that constitute utility, performance, and luxury.
To start off, the GL-Class offers a standard all-wheel-drive system and plenty of ground clearance. These two features alone offer adventurous savvy buyers no other choice. Interior wise, the vehicle comes with class-topping safety and technology features. After all folks, this is a Mercedes luxury vehicle we are talking about. Throw in muscular and fuel-efficient V6 and V8 engines and you’ve got yourself a head-turner. Very few vehicles can offer this much functionality and luxury in a single package.
Available Trims – Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class will be available in four trims: GL350 Bluetec, GL450, GL550, and the performance behemoth – GL63 ALG.
Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Both the GL350 Bluetec and the GL450 trims come fitted with a sunroof, automatic climate control power rear quarter-windows, automatic headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED running headlights and taillights, automatic climate control, a self-leveling air suspension system, rear privacy glass, and a power liftgate.
Interior wise, you get “MB-Tex” premium vinyl control, a power-folding third-row seat, genuine wood trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated eight-way power front seats, automatic climate control, genuine wood trim, a rear cargo area cover, and a steering leather-wrapped wheel.
Electronic features include Mercedes mbrace2 emergency communications, a 7-inch central display, an auxiliary audio jack, a 115-V household style power outlet, a rearview camera, knob-based COMAND interface, an SD card reader, CD/DVD player, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a USB port.
The optional Premium package available for the two trims include a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, power-folding exterior mirrors, multi-color ambient lighting, power front head restraints, satellite and HD radio, 10GB digital music interface, a navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated and cooled cupholders, passenger and driver memory settings, keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio, voice controls, real-time traffic, and lighted door sills.
The GL550 offers everything above plus different wood trim, 21” alloy wheels, unique dashboard stitching, exterior styling cues, adaptive suspension dampers, and soft-close doors.
At the pinnacle of the trim ladder is the GL63 AMG trim which starts with most of the items above and adds an adaptive stabilizer bar, exclusive 21” alloy wheels, enhanced bolstering, a sport-tuned suspension system, a more powerful V8 engine, upgraded “designo” leather upholstery, a sport exhaust, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Engine Specs
Starting off the engine lineup is a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine rated at 240 horsepower and 455 lbs. ft. of torque. The AWD system is standard across the entire trim lineup, as is the seven-speed automatic transmission system. Its fuel economy ratings stand at 19/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Opting for the GL450 SUV brings with it a 3.0L gasoline-fueled turbocharged V6 good for 362 hp and 369 lbs. ft. of torque. According to Mercedes, it will only take 6.6 seconds for the GL450 to reach 60 mph.
Next up is the GL550 4Matic SUV which offers a turbocharged 4.6L V8 rated at 429 horsepower ad 516 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA estimates its fuel economy ratings to be 13/18/15 mpg.
Finally, the GL63 AMG comes equipped with a fuel-thirsty but powerful 5.5L twin turbocharged V8 good for 550 hp and 560 lbs. ft. of torque. 4.8 seconds is the time you need to saunter from 0-60 mph with this model.
When fully loaded, all models here can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.
Price & 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Release Date
Its date of release is rumored to be in July 2017. As for its price, the GL-Class SUV will cost you an MSRP starting from $63,600, the GL-Class GL63 AMG -$119,450, and $63,600 for the GL-Class Diesel model. In this PDF file you can find a lot of interesting details about the car.