Mercedes-Benz GLS: the S-Class of SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLS, GLS 350 on the move Like the GL before it, the new Mercedes-Benz GLS is setting standards in the world of the SUV as it confirms its position as the “S-Class among SUVs”. The only full-fledged seven-seater in the European premium SUV segment features ample spaciousness and combines luxury with impressive levels of comfort, agile dynamics and also best-in-class safety.

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 634Matic. With a peak output of 585 hp, discrete suspension and the revised AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission, it represents the pinnacle of the GLS 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 634Matic also shows strength of character with its updated design featuring the AMG brand look and high-quality interior.

A new dynamic exterior and a revised luxurious interior clearly underscore the impressive character of the GLS. With the model update, the designers have adapted the full-size luxury SUV to the current Mercedes-Benz design idiom. On the exterior, the focus has been placed on a redesign of the front end, while the rear has been modernized primarily in the area of the bumper and tail lights. New highlights in the interior include the newly designed instrument panel with semi-integrated Media Display, the new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, the modified center console with touchpad and also the new appointment colors and trim elements.

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.

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.

With its diverse adjustment options, the center 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 liters and as such clearly surpasses the amount of space offered by the vehicle’s European competitors. On top of this there is a maximum load compartment length of 2124 mm as well as a payload capacity of up to 815 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 color Media Display. Options available for the new GLS also include an ionization system for even better interior air quality.

State-of-the-art connectivity and infotainment are optionally provided by the latest generation of COMAND Online including a 20.3 cm (8-inch) color Media Display as well as the intuitive touchpad (65 x 45 mm). An extensive package of free Standard Services and Remote Online Services is available for the GLS as part of the “Mercedes me connect” service. Standard Services include automatic emergency call (eCall), Accident Recovery and also breakdown assistance and after-sales service. The Remote Online services (standard with COMAND online and usable free of charge for the first three years) allow access to vehicle information from anywhere at all times, including the status of windows and doors, mileage, tyre pressures and other diagnostic data.

Night-time vision is improved by the optionally available LED Intelligent Light System, while adverse weather conditions resulting in impaired visibility are defused by Magic Vision Control, the heated adaptive windscreen wiper system with purposeful, efficient water distribution.

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 455 hp, some 20 hp 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.

The V6 biturbo engine, also featuring direct injection, is used in the GLS 400 4Matic. This engine produces an output of 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm, makes do with 8.9 l/100 km (206 g CO2/km) according to the NEDC combined cycle, and like all models features an ECO start/stop function.

As the superior top-of-the-line model of the series, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 634Matic is now rated at 585 hp, up by more than 20 kW (28 hp) from its predecessor. The peak torque of 760 Nm is now already available from as low as 1750 rpm. 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 258 hp 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), as an optional in combination with a low-range gearbox and center differential lock.

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Edited: Mercedes-Benz

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