Top Speed:155 mph (Est.)
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new and updated GLS. Now don’t get too surprised because this is the same GL-Class which is actually their flagship SUV. The GL received the new GLS name after the new Nomenclature that Mercedes has adopted for their high end Crossovers and SUV’s.
According to the premium German Auto manufacturer the new GLS combines the comfort of S-Class while it can provide you with all the comfort both on and offroad. The GLS is also a sever seater SUV which promises to combine the best of all the safety available on board. The flagship Mercedes SUV also promises to combine the best of everything and compared to its predecessor it also promises better fuel efficiency as well, while the AIRMATIC suspension with enhanced damping system ADS adds to the comfort. The drivetrain too promises more power as well, for those who are looking out for even more power can also opt for the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4matic.
The new GLS promises an impressive amount of space for those who are looking for spacious cabin and all the comfort of the S-Class in a SUV. Mercedes has also given the updated SUV a completely new face which is identical to what you will also find in the new generation C and the S Class and even on their other newly launched SUV’. The rest of the vehicle apart from the front face remained almost identical to the old GL.
As far as the drivetrains are concerned the GLS 500 gets the V8 bitturbo unit, while the GLS 400 4matic features a v6 Bitturbo unit. Apart from the Petrol units the GLS 350D 4matic features a V6 drivetrain. The more powerful Mercedes-AMG GLS63 4Matic now generates even more power while the peak torque is now available at just 1750 rpm.
Update 19.05.2016:- Mercedes launches the GLS in India. The new facelift SUV is made available only in the 320d variant only, the prices and details have also been updated
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Just like we mentioned above the Mercedes SUV’s not only gets a new name but a new but a new face as well. The front profile of the GLS gets a new headlamp design which is complete with integrated daytime running lamps as well. The front grille now looks even more robust and holds the three star pointed logo in the middle amongst the two slats. What else look new are the new front bumpers which gets bigger air vents as well. Although the front face of the GLS looks identical to the new generation Mercedes cars but some robust looking elements such the the duel slat grille and new bumper design has helped it not to lose its identity.
Move towards the side profile and you will start recognizing that there are no significant changes made to the side profile apart from wheel design. Take a second look and you will also realize that the roof rails, underguard, shoulder strips and even the luggage compartment handles are all finished in chrome. The rear profile of the GLS gets redesigned taillamps as well while the bumper too has been looks new.
Mercedes has also provided a sporty AMG line exterior as well with more external features.
This is a huge 7 seater SUV and according to Mercedes this new combines all the comfort features of the S Class in this SUV. The occupants seating in the third also does not have to compromise on space. The seats can also be adjusted and are flexible allowing more cargo space. The flexible seats helps to extend the cargo space from 680 Litres to a massive 2800 Litre.
Coming to the other new features the 3 spoke multifunctional steering wheel comes covered in Nappa leather while it also gets paddleshifters as well. The instrument cluster too has been redesigned and also gets semi integrated color media display. There is even an ionisation system which purifies the air inside the cabin.
There is also a state of art connectivity feature and infotainment system which has been equipped with the new generation COMAND online system. The infotainment is not complete without a 8 inch color media display which is complete with touchpad as well. The ‘Mercedes Connect Me’ service provides all the remote online service.
Apart from that the GLS also gets optional ambient lighting system, trim elements finished in black piano lacquer. There are also genuine leather finished in black, ginger beige / espresso brown, saddle brown / black, crystal grey / black or ginger beige / black.
The Mercedes GLS new drivetrain gets better performance and at the same time reduced consumption level as well. The Top end GLS 500 4MATIC variant is powerfed by a V8 biturbo engine which also comes with direct injection, this engine produces about 455 Hp of peak power which is almost 20 Hp more than its predecessor while the same unit produces about 700 Nm of torque.
The GLS 400 4MATIC variant on the other hand gets a V6 biturbo engine, which also features direct injection. This engine is capable of producing about 333 Hp of peak power and 480 Nm of torque already available from 1600 rpm. Now both these models gets ECO start/stop function as well.
While the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC which produces an impressive 585 Hp of peak power which is almost 28 Hp more than the earlier AMG while the 760 Nm of torque available as low as 1750 rpm. What is interesting is also the fact that performance although has increased but the consumption level has remained unchanged.
Apart from the petrol variant the GLS 350 d 4Matic diesel unit produces about 258 Hp of peak power and an impressive 620 Nm of torque. All the drivetrain are mated to a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard except the GLS 63 AMG.
The GLS gets DYNAMIC SELECT which provides six transmission modes, which includes settings such as COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT additionally there are two separate modes which includes INDIVIDUAL or the OFF-ROAD mode. This new low range gearbox gets centre differential lock which makes sure that enough power and torque is always available when required during demanding of road terrain. Furthermore the GLS also gets all the support needed from raised ground clearance (306 mm) and also water wading capability of 600 mm.
The AIRMATIC suspension setup and enhanced ADS makes sure the ride quality is always stable. Furthermore the GLS also gets optional active roll stabilisation ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM which helps the body from rolling over during high speed cornering.
The new Mercedes GLS has been provided with plenty of safety features and driver assistance system as well which includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. Other systems which are also available as standard includes PRE-SAFE, brake assist system and electronic all wheel drive system which comes with curve assist dynamics , cruise control with variable SPEEDTRONIC speed limiter and steering assist functions as well. There is even an adaptive two stage airbags for the driver and front passenger. While there are also kneebags and (combined thorax/pelvisbags) and window bags for all the three row seats.
Mercedes launched the GLS SUV priced at INR. 80.38 lakhs (ex showroom Pune).
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The Mercedes-Benz GLS has received a new lease of life, not only has it become more comfortable but it also has now received a powerful and updated engines which are equally well performer when it comes to fuel efficiency. The spaciousness and lavishness inside the cabin will definitely catch everyone’s attention for sure, while the updated suspension setup and safetry features makes this one of the safest SUV’s of its lot.
Top speed155 mph