The 362-hp 4.6-liter V-8 combines twin turbos and numerous advances to deliver more torque from less fuel, with cleaner emissions. Rapid-multispark ignition can fire up to four times per millisecond, while high-pressure Direct Injection can fine-tune fuel spray in 0.1 millisecond, reducing emissions, fuel consumption and noise. A lightweight diecast-alloy block, widely variable valve timing, reduced friction, and clever "on-demand" ancillary components further boost efficiency.
The industry's first 7-speed automatic is smooth, responsive and efficient. A wide range of closely spaced ratios delivers the ideal response in virtually every driving situation, for relaxed cruising, quick acceleration, and thanks to two overdrive ratios, better highway fuel efficiency. Adaptive logic adjusts the shift points to match your driving style, while shift paddles on the steering wheel let you enjoy manual-style control anytime.
In any season, on any road, 4MATIC® all-wheel drive adds to your confidence and control. Always engaged and optimizing torque to every wheel, 4MATIC integrates with ESP®, our standard Electronic Stability Program, for maximum effectiveness in corners and slippery conditions. It also incorporates our 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS®), which monitors for the first sign of wheel slip and responds to ensure torque is sent to the wheels with the best grip, even if that's only one wheel. Disclaimer
For a balanced, comfortable ride, the AIRMATIC suspension employs electronically controlled air springs that provide an ideal balance of ride comfort and handling composure. At the push of a button, the vehicle's ride height can be raised for added ground clearance. The suspension also lowers automatically at higher speeds for improved aerodynamics, stability and fuel-efficiency. AIRMATIC also provides automatic 4-wheel level control, to help compensate for additional cargo or passengers.
A pair of paddles strategically positioned behind the upper steering-wheel spokes allows you to manually upshift and downshift the 7-speed automatic transmission with just a flick of your fingers.
From its bold grille to its muscular rear fenders and wraparound taillamps, the 2014 GL-Class combines rugged capability with refined elegance and unexpectedly sleek aerodynamics. Glistening chrome accents highlight the sculpted body, from the front skid plate to the trim surrounding the large side windows. It all comes together to give the GL-Class a presence that's undeniably confident and unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz.
A winglike span of hand-polished wood sweeps from its dash to all four doors. Crisp, brushed metal trim highlights the ergonomic precision and elegant logic of its controls. And refinement can be found in every detail, from the precise top-stitching of its seats and armrests, to the numerous storage areas, beverage holders and power outlets. In space and style, the GL delivers a first-class experience to all three of its seating rows.
Generous 19-inch alloy wheels feature five pairs of twin spokes and a gleaming silver finish. Substantial 275/55R19 all-season tires are designed for an excellent balance of cornering grip, wet-road confidence, and all-around comfort.
At the touch of a button, the tinted glass sunroof tilts up at the rear for ventilation, or slides open for a breezy view of the sky. An express feature fully opens or closes the roof with a single touch, and a manual sliding sunshade helps block out unwanted sunlight.
Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating front lights whenever the car is switched on. LED taillamps with a fiber-optic effect make an equally eye-catching impression as you accelerate away. With long life and low energy consumption, the light-emitting diode (LED) lamps offer both immediate and lasting safety benefits to match their impactful style statement.
Sleek and purposeful, the roof rails accommodate a variety of available accessory attachments for carrying bikes, surfboards, skis, snowboards and cargo carriers. They're crafted from elegant aluminum that adds modern style even when you're not using them.
The sporty 4-spoke steering wheel features thick padding and a Nappa leather-wrapped rim, putting the handling confidence of the GL-Class literally in the driver's hands. Convenient multifunction controls do likewise with the most frequently used vehicle functions, along with an illustrated color menu display in the gauge cluster.
Efficient, low-intensity LEDs help illuminate the center console, front footwells and interior door handles, to help make nighttime driving more convenient and passengers feel more secure.
Dark brown Eucalyptus wood trim adorns the dash and all four doors. Its linear grain and deep, hand-finished gloss bring a modern style and a warm aura to the cabin.
Deep-tinted windows for the second row, third row and liftgate afford added privacy and warm-weather comfort to rear-cabin passengers.
At speeds above 20 mph, radar-based technology alerts you if you're approaching a vehicle ahead at a speed and distance that suggest a collision is likely. Its Adaptive Brake Assist automatically provides the ideal level of braking as soon as the driver steps on the brake pedal, to help prevent a collision or reduce its severity. If deemed necessary, the system can also activate the features of PRE-SAFE®. Disclaimer
An advanced system of 7 air bags offers 11-way occupant protection. Dual two-stage front air bags, front side-impact air bags, a driver's knee air bag, and side curtain air bags for all three seating rows are standard. Disclaimer
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 different parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. Disclaimer
A Mercedes-Benz first, PRE-SAFE can detect instability during certain vehicle maneuvers that suggest a collision or rollover is imminent. It can then tighten the front seat belts, adjust the memory-equipped front passenger seat, and close the 1st- and 2nd-row windows and sunroof, all in an effort to better prepare the occupants and restraints in the moments before a collision. If no accident occurs, the seat-belt tensioners reverse, and you simply readjust your seat, open the sunroof and continue on your way. Disclaimer
A trailer in tow can adversely affect the driving dynamics of a vehicle. That's why the GL-Class is equipped standard with Trailer Stability Assist. The sensors for the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) monitor for trailer sway, or oscillations, caused by the trailer's movement. The system then intervenes by using the front brakes of your Mercedes to help stabilize the vehicle and trailer. Disclaimer
By monitoring the AIRMATIC suspension, adaptive brakes, electromechanical power steering and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), the GL can automatically compensate for the effects of strong side winds. When detected, the system gently applies the brakes on one side of the vehicle to help smoothly maintain the driver's course in straight-line travel and gentle curves. The system operates above approximately 50 mph, and is automatically deactivated by significant driver steering actions. Disclaimer
For added safety when backing up, the rear view camera shows a live view of the area behind your vehicle on the in-dash screen. Disclaimer
Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating front lights whenever the car is switched on. With long life and low energy consumption, the light-emitting diode (LED) lamps also add a distinctive high-tech styling touch.
Provided at all seven seats, 3-point seat belts are arguably our most important passive safety feature. If a collision exceeds a preset threshold, Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) instantly remove slack from the 1st- and 2nd-row outboard seat belts. Belt force limiters allow a slight amount of give in the ETD-equipped seat belts, to reduce the peak seat-belt forces on the occupant.
An advanced uni-body structure elevates the safety, comfort and performance of the GL-Class. The passenger cell features extensive use of high and ultra-high-strength steel, plus triple-layer roof pillars and multiple reinforcements. Advanced front and rear crumple zones progressively deform to help absorb impact forces before dissipating them over, under and around the cabin. A lightweight aluminum hood and front fenders plus acoustically optimized materials enhance handling and quiet comfort.
From your car, your computer or your compatible smartphone, mbrace2™ offers the industry's most comprehensive range of features for more connected, safe and productive drive time. From making your everyday life easier to helping out in an emergency, mbrace2 combines advanced cloud-based and GPS technology with 24-hour support from helpful experts. The mbrace hardware is standard, and a trial period for each of the three mbrace Packages is included. Disclaimer
Adaptive braking technology integrates a suite of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a brake HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
BAS® senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal, and immediately applies maximum available power boost. By eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough, Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance. Letting up on the brake pedal releases BAS. Disclaimer
The Antilock Braking System (ABS) senses impending wheel lockup under heavy braking, and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together up to 30 times per second. By preventing wheel lockup, ABS helps preserve the driver's steering ability during hard braking. Disclaimer
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP® can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control. Disclaimer
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can automatically detect a substantial loss of tire pressure in any wheel and alert the driver via a warning message in the multifunction display. The advanced TPMS can also display the numeric tire pressure for each mounted wheel.
The SmartKey remote control integrates remote door locks and liftgate opener, a removable valet key, and a remote panic alarm. Selective unlocking lets you unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or both doors plus the liftgate and fuel filler.
Program your Mercedes-Benz to illuminate its exterior lights when you unlock it in darkness, to help illuminate a path to your vehicle.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers automatically adjust the intermittent wiper frequency based on the amount of rainfall. The rear-window wiper automatically activates if the front wipers are switched on when the driver shifts to Reverse.
The exterior lights can be programmed to turn on for a preset interval when you remote-lock your vehicle in darkness, to help light a path for you as you leave.
The standard antitheft alarm system is armed automatically when you lock your Mercedes from the outside. It sounds the horn and flashes the exterior lights if a door, the liftgate or the hood is opened without first unlocking the vehicle. You can also sound the alarm by pressing the red "panic" button on your SmartKey remote when you're within range of your vehicle.
For added convenience in the rain or with an armful of packages, you can fully open and close the liftgate via a switch on the driver's interior door panel or a button on the SmartKey remote. Press a button on the driver's door or the underside of the liftgate and it powers itself closed. A sensor automatically stops the liftgate if it detects an obstruction, and you can set the system to limit the opening height, useful under low ceilings.
Separate left and right temperature controls allow the driver and front passenger to enjoy personalized comfort. In addition to fully automatic or manual control of blower speed and airflow distribution, the system includes a dust and pollen filter that helps keep particles as small as 0.0002-inch from entering the cabin.
MB-Tex upholstery offers a rich appearance and supple leather-like feel, even in cold weather. It also offers legendary durability and easy care.
Both front seats power-adjust for reach, height, tilt and recline. Convenient, intuitive controls on each front door make it easy to find your ideal driving position. For long-term comfort and lower-back support, the driver seat features a 4-way power-adjustable lumbar support.
Electrically heated front seats quickly take the chill out of even the coldest day. Three levels of warming automatically step down after several minutes to the lowest setting.
With more than 38 inches of legroom, the spacious 2nd-row seating offers generous space for three passengers. The seats recline to 10 positions or fold flat in seconds in a 60/40-split, for flexible cargo space as well. An EASY-ENTRY feature on both sides eases 3rd-row access from either the right or left rear door. Disclaimer
The 50/50-split 3rd-row seats in the GL-Class can be individually folded flat in less than five seconds at the touch of a button. When used in combination with the folding 2nd-row seats, this standard appointment gives you easy access to nearly 94 cu ft of cargo space. Disclaimer
The GL-Class accommodates up to 94 cu ft of cargo with the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats folded to create a truly flat, fully carpeted cargo floor. Floor-mounted tie-downs, side parcel nets, a grocery bag hook, and a 12-volt power outlet add convenience. A retractable and removable cargo cover enhances security. Disclaimer
Controlled via the multifunction steering wheel, this sharp color display in the instrument cluster lets you scroll through various screens, including a trip computer, numerous programmable vehicle settings, as well as the audio system status and more.
Conveniently located in the rear seating area, a household-style 115V outlet lets you charge your laptop or camera, plug in a gaming system, or use other electronic devices, up to a maximum of 150 watts, without a special adapter.
Three buttons on the rear view mirror can be programmed to operate many types of garage door openers, security gates and other HomeLink™-compatible features. Disclaimer
You can close all open windows and the sunroof from outside the vehicle, simply by holding down the "lock" button on the SmartKey remote while aiming it at the infrared sensor in the driver's door handle. On models with KEYLESS-GO®, you can perform the function by Keeping a finger on the sensor pad in any door.
Whether you're stuck in traffic or stopped on a hill, the HOLD feature lets you keep the brakes applied without your foot on the brake pedal. After bringing the vehicle to a stop, an additional press of the brake pedal activates the feature and illuminates a "HOLD" icon in the instrument cluster, letting you know you can relax your foot. The brake lamps stay illuminated while the car remains braked. When you´re ready to move, just press the accelerator to release the feature and go. Disclaimer
Featuring a high-resolution 7-inch color display and a central controller on the console, the Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND®) system gives you convenient control of audio, video, hands-free calling and optional navigation functions. Many features can also be accessed via the integrated steering-wheel controls. Disclaimer
TuneIn world radio lets you stream live programming from 70,000 live radio stations around the globe in your GL-Class, thanks to the in-car WiFi and Internet access of Mercedes-Benz mbrace2™. It's easy to search for programming by artist, song or even a sports team, or browse categories by music genre, sports, talk or even location. And you can save your favorite stations for easy tune-in anytime. Disclaimer
Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system.
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A USB connector allows plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other USB-compatible digital music player.
Delivering remarkably crisp, clear audio quality for both AM and FM radio, HD Radio technology can increase the number of stations available to you with no subscription or fee. Disclaimer
Bluetooth audio streaming makes it even easier to enjoy your digital music player. It allows you to connect your Bluetooth-equipped iPod® or other MP3 player wirelessly to your vehicle's audio system for convenient, cable-free playback. Disclaimer