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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door 7-passenger
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door 7-passenger 14 20 $55,525 $60,000
2WD 4-Door 8-passenger 14 20 $55,525 $60,000
4WD 4-Door 7-passenger 14 20 $58,389 $63,100
4WD 4-Door 8-passenger 14 20 $58,389 $63,100
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door GL450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,525
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$60,000
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1000 / month
$1026 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Infiniti's civilized the full-sized SUV about as well as Land Rover has--but does the world still need big utes like this one? With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 14 mpg 17 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 59.2 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in) 60.5 50.5
Second Leg Room (in) 41.0 39.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 40.1
Passenger Capacity 7 7
Second Hip Room (in) 58.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 63.8 58.3
Third Leg Room (in) 28.3 34.2
Second Head Room (in) 40.0 40.6
Third Hip Room (in) 48.8 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 63.5 58.9
Front Leg Room (in) 39.6 40.3
Third Head Room (in) 36.4 38.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 143.0
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 75.8 72.4
Liftover Height (in) 34.9 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.9 65.1
Wheelbase (in) 121.1 121.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 79.9 78.3
Track Width, Front (in) 67.5 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 9.2 7.9
Length, Overall (in) 208.3 200.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 16.6 14.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 40.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 49.1 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 49.6 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 33.7 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 86.2 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 95.1 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) 20.2 18.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.8 x 0.8 13.0 x 0.9
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.8 x 1.2 14.7 x 1.3
Brake Type Power Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.0 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 19.7 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 41.6 39.7
Steering Type - TBD - Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 43.3 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 18.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.6
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - TBD - -
Rear Tire Size P275/60R20 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - -
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - -
Front Tire Size P275/60R20 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - TBD - -
Spare Tire Size P275/60R20 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 850 600
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 8500 7500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) 8500 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 4495 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2765 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 7300 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3615 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2825 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 14300 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 5512
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 20 x 8.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 20 x 8.0 20 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 20 x 8.0 20 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 15.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts NA -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System DI Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 413 @ 4000 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code VK56VD NA
Displacement 5.6L/339 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 400 @ 5800 210 @ 3400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 17
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA - TBD -
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.17 2.86
Trans Order Code NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA -
Trans Power Take Off NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.89 4.38
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.73
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.03 1.92
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Type 7 7
Trans PTO Access NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.45
Summary
Body Code 121.1" WB -
Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Infiniti QX56 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear Self-Leveling Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - TBD - -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - TBD - -
Axle Type - Front - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - NA
Frame
Frame Type Ladder -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 1 2
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.6 11.3
 
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