Mercedes-Benz GLS is a premier class sports utility vehicle

Like the GL before it, the new GLS is also setting standards in the world of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) as it confirms its position as the “S-Class among SUVs”.

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss – The only full-fledged seven-seater in the European premium SUV segment boasts ample spaciousness and combines luxury with impressive levels of comfort, agile dynamics and also best-in-class safety. Whether put to everyday use or venturing off the beaten track – the GLS meets all requirements effortlessly and comfortably. Compared with its predecessor, the new generation features improved efficiency, extended Dynamic Select transmission modes, the latest evolutionary stage of the air suspension system Airmatic with enhanced damping system ADS, the nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, state-of-the-art assistance systems and the latest telematics generation with internet access. More power, more dynamics and more equipment are also offered by the new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4Matic. With a peak output of 430 kW, discrete suspension and the revised AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission, it represents the pinnacle of the GLS model series. Features which come as standard include the AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes which provide optimum flexibility and the rear-biased AMG Performance all-wheel drive. The GLS 63 4Matic also shows strength of character with its updated design featuring the AMG brand look.

Mercedes Benz GLS:  first-class performance on and off the road. Picture: Quickpic
Mercedes Benz GLS: first-class performance on and off the road. Picture: Quickpic

The new GLS reflects harmony and modern luxury to impressive effect. Chrome-look details such as the roof rails, underbody protection, beltline trim strips, luggage compartment handle and side sill trim create attractive highlights.

Those after a sporty look can select the AMG Line Exterior, comprising specific front and rear bumpers, running boards, wheel arch flares painted in the vehicle colour and 53.3 cm (21-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels. Even more exclusivity is created with the Night Package which is available in conjunction with this design and equipment line.

Additional individualisation options come courtesy of various standard and metallic paint finishes, including two special editions in designo diamond white and – new for the GLS – designo hyacinth red. On top of this there is a comprehensive range of new light-alloy wheels featuring a variety of designs.

Accompanying the high exterior design quality is the revised interior which underscores the first-class claim of the GLS. The interior boasts what is an S-Class standard among SUVs. Furthermore, up to seven passengers are able to enjoy an outstanding level of spaciousness. Like its predecessor, the new GLS boasts ample elbow and headroom in all three seat rows. Classic comfort values such as the seat row spacing or shoulder room are among the traditional strengths of the model series. With its diverse adjustment options, the centre seat row enables a high degree of flexibility in the interior, including a cargo position for optimum use of the luggage compartment. This provides a volume of 680 to 2300 litres and as such clearly surpasses the amount of space offered by the vehicle’s an competitors. On top of this there is a maximum load compartment length of 2124 mm as well as a payload capacity of up to 795 kg.

Of particular note are a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather with steering wheel gearshift paddles and 12 function keys as well as an airbag cover in nappa leather, instruments with modified details and also a newly designed instrument panel with semi-integrated colour Media Display. Options available for the new GLS also include an ionisation system for even better interior air quality.

Individual highlights can be created in the GLS interior with the help of, for example, the wood/leather multifunction steering wheel, the ambient lighting featuring three shades of colours or the wide range of large trim elements on the instrument panel and door panels with corresponding roller shutters for the cup holders.

State-of-the-art connectivity and infotainment are standard provided by the latest generation of Comand Online

All engines of the new GLS provide better performance, with in part reduced fuel consumption. The powerful GLS 500 4Matic with V8 biturbo engine featuring direct injection now generates 335 kW, some 15 kW more than the preceding model, and with a peak torque of 700 Nm combines outstanding performance with the high level of refinement of these engines. All models feature an ECO start/stop function.

As the superior top-of-the-line model of the series, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4Matic is now rated at 430 kW, up by more than 20 kW from its predecessor. The peak torque of 760 Nm is now already available from as low as 1750 r/min. Despite a significant increase in performance, fuel consumption remains unchanged.

Alongside the petrol engines, in the GLS 350 d 4MATIC there is the choice of the proven V6 diesel engine rated at 190 kW and with ample torque of 620 Nm.

At the launch of the new GLS generation, all versions feature the nine-speed
9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard (except the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63), optionally in combination with a low-range gearbox and centre differential lock.

“With the new GLS, Mercedes-Benz now offers the newest and most comprehensive premium SUV range yet. The portfolio now ranges from the compact GLA and the new best-selling GLC to the successful GLE family, the GLE Coupé and GLS, and the flagship of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the G-Class,” says Max Vogt, Product Manager, Mercedes-Benz Cars.

“The GLS is available with our class-leading 6-year/100 000 km PremiumDrive maintenance plan,” concludes Vogt.

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