- The new-gen GLS is expected to arrive early next year.
- Based on a new platform, the GLS will take its cues from the S-Class.
Mercedes-Benz is busy revamping its SUV range. Right from the GLA to the GLS, each high-riding vehicle from the Three-Pointed Star’s line-up will enter into a new generation. The German carmaker was recently caught testing the flagship GLS in Death Valley in California and we got a sneak peek inside the cabin for the first time.
Being the SUV equivalent of the S-Class, we know the GLS will have the same level of opulence on the inside as the Luxo-barge. Based on the new MHA platform, the GLS looks to have retained its humongous dimensions, although we expect a boost in interior space as well. The new architecture will also help the SUV cut down its weight while the third-row passengers should get improved space at the back.
In the pictures, we can see a single-piece digital screen running across the dashboard. It will integrate the Mercedes’ MBUX system as well which is Mercedes’ standard inclusion these days. The multi-function steering wheel is present and there are no less than four aircon vents atop the centre console. Expect all the features and equipment expected from a full-size flagship SUV to be present inside the new-gen GLS-Class.
Under the heavy cladding, the test mule hides a new family design language. The revamped headlamps are expected to get three brows similar to the refreshed S-Class signifying it as the topmost model in the line-up. The silhouette will be somewhat similar to the outgoing model owing to its enormous dimensions.
The engine options will be similar to one seen under the hood of the S-Class. So expect the new range of inline-six motors with options of V8s propelling the SUV. More potent AMG spec will come with 4.0-litre V8 while a 53 model is also on the cards with a hybrid powertrain. A Maybach variant isn’t ruled out either.
The new-gen GLS is expected to be revealed later this year before hitting the streets in 2019. It will rival the Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB and the Bentley Bentayga apart from the upcoming BMW X7 and other full-size American SUVs.