Mercedes-Benz has fully unveiled its flagship SUV offering – the GLS. Now the GLS is essentially an updated version of the GL that bears a new identity, thanks to Mercedes’ new nomenclature for their high-end SUV range.
The new GLS may retain the basic profile of the old GL but it makes use of Mercedes' latest design cues for bits like the headlights and the front bumper.
The headlight design is all-new and relatively soft flowing and the grille is now bigger too. The headlights, in fact, are reminiscent of quite a few of the latest Mercedes models.
The rear of the GLS, on the other hand, is nearly the same as the old GL except for the redesigned taillights and the bumper that help differentiate it from the old model.
The high-performance GLS63 AMG gets the familiar gaping front bumper design, massive alloys and AMG badging all around. This version produces 577bhp from its twin-turbo V8 motor.
The GLS63 AMG also gets a revised form of AMG’s 7-speed automatic gearbox and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system that focuses more on the road than off it.
Inside, Mercedes has included a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel and a newly designed instrument panel with colour display.
The GLS also gets the latest generation of Merc’s COMAND Online, including an 8-inch display as well as an intuitive touchpad.
Global deliveries for the new GLS will begin from late-March 2016. We can expect Mercedes-Benz India to launch this new model by late 2016.