Mercedes-Benz just added a new member to the GL-Class for 2008, the full-size GL550. The GL550, joining the GL450 and the diesel-powered GL320 CDI, is designed to represent the best the GL line can offer; nearly all previous options are now standard equipment on the new GL550. On the outside, the styling is distinct. 21″ AMG wheels fitted with low profile tires, fender flares, chrome trim, blue-tinted glass, and a larger Mercedes-Benz star on the front grille give the GL550 a distinguished look.
The interior offerings of the Mercedes-Benz GL550 are superb, as they should be in a vehicle with a price tag of $77,750. Heated leather seats with memory settings for the driver and co-pilot, a navigation system, satellite radio, and dual moonroofs are just a few of the features that give the GL550 its luxurious feel. The non-touchscreen navigation system leaves much to be desired in terms of easy use, but most controls, including the height-adjustable Airmatic suspension and sport/comfort settings for the shocks, are easily within an arm’s reach. The GL550 is well-equipped for road trips with passengers thanks to the independent climate control and DVD screens for those in the back seats. But, if you are only carrying three passengers, the third row seats can be stowed with a push of a button, lying flat to give you maximum cargo space.
Mated to the 7-speed automatic transmission found in several other high-end Mercedes, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL550 is powered by a 5.5L all-aluminum V8, the same engine that’s in the S550 sedan, producing 382 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque at 2,800-4,800 rpm. Unfortunately for the wallet, the GL550 takes premium fuel, burning through it at an estimated average of 13 city/17 highway.
If you’re in the market to buy one of the new GL550s, watch our 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Car Review Video for more on the GL-Class’ newest member:
You can also watch the 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Video on YouTube.
I would be curious as to the success of this vehicle and how it negatively will impact the boxy G Class.
Sales of the the G-class won’t be affected at all, I’d think, Tom. You’re either in the market for a G or you aren’t, and the GL won’t sway you either way.
Currently leasing a GL450, premiere edition, and I must say this is an exceptional SUV from the get go. Any complaints I have had about this SUV have been minor.I will definitely pursue the GL 550 once my lease is up this year. Mercedes finally got it right this time for the first time with a new model.