Mercedes has unveiled the all-new GLS, which is the carmaker’s largest SUV providing and sits proper on the high of its SUV vary. The brand new GLS relies on Mercedes' Modular Excessive Structure (MHA) platform, identical to its smaller sibling – the GLE. The brand new platform has contributed to the elevated dimensions that now stand at 5,207mm in size and 1,956mm in width, making the brand new GLS 77mm longer and 22mm wider than its predecessor. Its wheelbase has additionally elevated by 60mm, to three,135mm.
The brand new GLS has acquired a serious replace by way of design and it now resembles extra carefully to the remainder of the SUV vary that features the GLC and GLE SUVs. It will get a sleeker and extra rounded off look, whereas nonetheless carrying over its predecessor’s upright stance however omitting its outstanding sharp traces. In keeping with Mercedes, the brand new design and aerodynamic refinements have lowered the GLS’ drag coefficient to Zero.32Cd, this may assist in lowering wind noise at excessive speeds.
Coming to the interiors, the brand new GLS has been fully overhauled, and it will get Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system with a 12.Three-inch display screen above the centre console, a 12.Three-inch digital instrument show, a brand new steering wheel with touchpads on the higher spokes and a touchpad on the centre console instead of the outdated rotary controller. The MBUX system additionally helps touchscreen management in addition to voice instructions. Because of the elevated wheelbase, the second and third-row passengers get extra room than earlier than. All seven seats are electronically adjustable, and the rearmost pair folds away to go away a flat prolonged boot flooring. The rear seat passengers additionally get two 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreens.
On the mechanical aspect, the brand new GLS can be provided with each diesel and petrol engines. For worldwide markets, the two.9-litre, in-line, six-cylinder, turbocharged OM 656 diesel motor can be tuned to make both 330hp and 700Nm of torque within the GLS 400d 4Matic variant or 285hp and 600Nm of torque within the GLS 350d 4Matic variant.
The petrol engines, however, will each be 48V mild-hybrid engines, with the top-of-the-line GLS 580 4Matic getting a four.Zero-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 with hybrid help, making a complete of 489hp and 700Nm of torque. The GLS 450 4MATIC will include a Three.Zero-litre, in-line, six-cylinder turbocharged engine with hybrid help, which can produce 367hp and 500Nm of torque. Each the engines will have the ability to produces an additional 22hp and 250Nm of torque through EQ Increase over brief durations. The GLS 450 will solely be out there in markets exterior the EU.
All of the engines on provide can be paired to a 9-speed torque converter computerized gearbox with Mercedes' newest 4Matic four-wheel-drive system. The automobile can be fitted with air suspension as commonplace throughout all fashions. Mercedes will even provide a brand new Energetic Cease-and-Go Help characteristic on the brand new GLS, which can enable the automobile to take care of its lane and the protection distance, as much as speeds of 60kph, with a purpose to negotiate site visitors jams with extra ease.
Mercedes will observe the GLS with an ultra-luxurious Maybach model of the SUV that may goal to compete with the Bentley Bentayga. Two AMG efficiency variations of the brand new GLS are additionally within the works and can arrive in 2020, with the GLS 53 utilizing a gentle hybrid petrol engine and the GLS 63 a twin-turbocharged four.Zero-litre petrol V8. Mercedes can be getting ready an up to date model of the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain utilized by the S560e, with a considerably higher electric-only driving vary.
At this level Mercedes has made no announcement about its plans or timeframe of bringing the brand new GLS to the Indian market. The model has, nevertheless, lately introduced a Summer Care camp service programme for India that may happen at authorised service shops between April 15 and Might 15, 2019.