At a glance
Combining the versatility of seven full-sized seats, a luxuriously appointed cabin and all-wheel-drive capability, underpinned by class-leading levels of safety and driver-assistance technology, the GL-Class is the last word go-anywhere versatility. The standard-bearer of the Mercedes-Benz SUV line-up that includes the GLA, G and M Classes,the GL-Class range comprises the GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport and the GL 63 AMG.
Muscular BlueTEC six-cylinder diesel power
Beneath the ML 350 BlueTEC’s bonnet is a powerful 2,987cc V6 diesel that generates 258 hp at 3,600 rpm and 620 Nm of torque at 1,600-2,400 rpm, which powers the ML 350 BlueTEC to 62 mph in just 7.9 seconds and onto a 137 mph top speed, while returning combined economy and CO2 emission figures of 36.2 mpg and 209 g/km. It drives both axles through 4MATIC intelligent electronic all-wheel drive and seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, complete with ECO start/stop.
The BlueTEC system injects AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution, into the exhaust gas stream. This chemical reaction releases ammonia, which converts up to 80 per cent of the harmful nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gases into harmless nitrogen and water.
Generous Standard Equipment
Sumptuous levels of standard specification include 21-inch AMG five-spoke alloy wheels; 19-inch sports brakes with perforated front discs and brake calliper covers with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering; Easy-Pack powered tailgate; AirMATIC air suspension; AMG bodystyling; aluminium finish running boards with rubber studs and LED illumination; electric glass sunroof; Intelligent Light System; Parktronic with Active Park Assist; COMAND Online with Media Interface; automatic climate control; Electrically folding and raising third row rear seats, and Audio 20 radio/CD with Becker® Map Pilot navigation system
The GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport is fitted with an intelligent electronic four-wheel-drive 4MATIC system, backed up by ESP®, 4ETS Four-Wheel Electronic Traction System and ASR control systems. The 4MATIC system features a 45:55 torque split between the front and rear axles and a multi-disc limited-slip centre differential, which can shift torque 70:30 between the axles as road conditions dictate. The vehicles off-road ability is enhanced by its Downhill Speed Regulation system that operates up to 11 mph. A button-activated off-road function modifies the mapping of the engine, transmission and safety systems for more demanding off-road work.
The GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport features seven full-sized seats in a 2-3-2 arrangement. Both second and third row seats fold into the loadbay floor; the second row is split one-third-two-thirds, while the third row is split in half for excellent load-carrying versatility. There’s a maximum load length of 2.0-meters, while luggage capacity varies from 295 litres with all seats in place, to 2,300 litres will all rear seats folded flat.
Dimensions and weights
The GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport has a length x width x height of 5,141 x 2,141 x 1,850 mm, with a wheelbase of 3,075 mm. It weighs 2,455 kg, and can pull a 3,250 kg braked trailer, or a trailer of 750 kg unbraked.