Mercedes-Benz GLS Officially Unveiled as Flagship SUV

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu
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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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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