Awarded MotorTrend’s prestigious SUV of the Year, the GL X164 was the result of Mercedes $600M investment in new state-of-the-art production facilities. It presents a carefully balanced mix of great interior space and comforts, serious off-road capability and touring qualities. With the X164 remaining in production 2006-2012, the lighting technology used in this car is however more than 15 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H7/H7 halogen and D1S/H7 bi-xenon headlights, both manufactured by Hella.
The halogen version features a 3-inch H7 projector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
Bi-xenon setups also feature a 3-inch projector, this one designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer right to the point where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Mercedes GL X164 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H1 halogen or D1S bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Mercedes GL X164 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Mercedes GL X164 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.