When Size Matters
If you’re in the market for a luxury people mover, you might want to pay attention here.
While we think of Mercedes-Benz mainly for its sleek, powerful sedans, the German marque has also dominated the burgeoning luxury SUV market before the likes of Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce even put pen to paper in the ideas room.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLS, hitting the market later this year, is the largest and most luxurious SUV from Mercedes-Benz.
The front section of the new GLS exudes a powerful presence: this is ensured by the upright radiator grille in an octagonal SUV interpretation, the prominent, chrome-plated under guard in the front bumper with the bone-shaped air inlet grille, and the hood with two power domes. This striking appearance is emphasized day and night by the distinctive headlamp design; the GLS is equipped with MULTIBEAM LED headlamps as standard, with a total of 112 LEDs per headlamp producing the maximum light intensity permitted by law.
The GLS cuts an imposing figure from the rear, too. This is particularly ensured by the powerful shoulder muscle extending from the rear doors to the tail lamps, which enables the GLS to strike an imperious pose on the road. The two-piece tail lamps are based on LED technology, and their high-caliber, three- dimensional look conveys depth and solidity. The reflectors are relocated lower down, giving the tail lamps a flatter appearance. They are crowned by a slender, continuous chrome trim strip. The rear is strikingly rounded off with the chrome-plated under guard.
The interior of the new GLS is all about luxuriously elegant aesthetics, as evidenced immediately by the interior appointments that combine the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan with the robustly progressive detailing of an SUV. The central element in the dashboard's design is an impressively sized screen unit embedded in a distinctive dashboard support. The dashboard support flows into the door panels, and the integral trim element extends to meet the doors.
One of the benefits of the 2.4-inch (60 mm) longer wheelbase is interior spaciousness, especially in the second row. The three fully electrically adjustable seat rows offer all passengers a generous amount of space and outstanding seating comfort, with the seats in the third row able to be lowered into the floor to increase the trunk space, while the seats in the second-row fold flat (although if you’re really going for comfort, you might prefer the (six-seater variant with its two luxurious individual rear Captain's Chairs seats). Those rear seats also have their own tablet for controlling the car’s environment and entertainment systems, as well as separate USB charging points.
All the chic bulk of the GLS 580 4MATIC is powered down the highway with the new electrified V8 engine, which features EQ Boost - a 48-volt onboard electrical system with an integrated starter generator. The GLS 450 4MATIC, in turn, will feature a 3.0-liter inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost.
You’ll also be able to navigate like a star thanks to the sophisticated E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension which, paired with the 48-volt technology, offers outstanding suspension comfort, agile handling and a high degree of off-road capability. Like the GLE, the GLS features the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driver assistance systems giving cooperative support to the driver while the new variable 4MATIC system ensures great agility on the road and strong performance off the beaten track.
And if you’re a tech geek, you’ll love the Carwash function, which enables the car to be prepared for entry into a carwash with a single press of a button.