The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class has been officially unveiled, serving as a seven-seater flagship SUV for the German automaker.
Replacing the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the GLS continues the company’s new nomenclature acting as the “S-Class among SUVs.” It will also be the only full-fledged seven-seater offered in the European premium SUV segment measuring 202 inches in length and 84.3 inches wide. The GLS-Class will ride on a 121-inch wheelbase and sit 72.8 inches tall, offering plenty of space while combining luxury with impressive levels of comfort, agile dynamics and best-in-class safety.
At launch, the GLS550 4MATIC will feature a V8 biturbo engine churning 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, 20 hp more than the outgoing model. The “base” GLS450 4MATIC will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine with 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range will be a GLS63 packing 577 hp, 27 hp more than its predecessor with peak torque of 561 lb-ft available from just 1,750 rpm. Mercedes will also offer a diesel model, the GLS350d 4MATIC sporting a V6 diesel powerplant with 255 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.
All versions except for the AMG GLS63 will come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The range-topping GLS63 gets a revised AMG Speedshift Plus seven-speed unit.
Compared to the GL-Class it replaces, the GLS has received a significant update with the front end getting a bolder appearance, flowing in line with the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s recent styling updates across its entire lineup. In the rear are full LED tail lights while highlights in the interior include a newly designed instrument panel with Media Display, new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, modified center console with touchpad and new trim options.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS will be available to order starting from December 2015 and deliveries will begin in the U.S. market late-March 2016.
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