Mercedes-Benz GLS due 2016
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5th November, 2015
Like the GL before it, the new Mercedes-Benz GLS is setting standards in
the world of the SUV as it confirms its position as the "S-Class among SUVs."
The only full-fledged seven-seater in the European premium SUV segment boasts ample spaciousness and combines luxury
with impressive levels of comfort, agile dynamics and best-in-class safety. Whether put to everyday use or venturing off
the beaten track, the GLS meets all requirements effortlessly and comfortably. Compared with its predecessor, the new
generation features improved efficiency, additional DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, improved air suspension system
(AIRMATIC) with enhanced damping system (ADS), nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, state-of-the-art assistance
systems and the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz telematics which includes internet access and remote-start
More power, more dynamism and more equipment are also offered by the new Mercedes-AMG GLS63. With a peak output of 577
hp, independent suspension and the revised AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission, it represents the pinnacle of the
GLS model line. Standard features on the GLS63 include AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes which provide optimum
flexibility and a rear-biased AMG Performance all-wheel drive system. The GLS63 also shows strength of character with its
updated AMG design elements and high-quality interior.
A new, dynamic exterior and revised, luxurious interior clearly underscore the impressive character of the GLS. With
the 2017-model-year facelift, designers have adapted the full-size luxury SUV to the current Mercedes-Benz design idiom.
On the exterior, focus has been placed on a redesign of the front end, while the rear has been modernised around the
bumper and with full LED tail lamps. Eye-catching highlights in the interior include a newly designed instrument panel
with Media Display, new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, modified centre console with touchpad and new trim
Once again the dimensions of the GLS bear witness to its full-size format, and form the best possible basis for
providing its seven passengers with a generous amount of space:
||202 in. (GLS63 203.2 in)|
||84.3 in. w/ mirrors|
New exterior design and equipment lines
The new Mercedes-Benz GLS reflects harmony and modern luxury to impressive effect. Chrome details such as the roof
rails, underguard, shoulderline trim strips, luggage compartment handle and side skirt trim provide attractive
The Sport exterior, available on the GLS550, provides a 'muscular' appearance and consists of unique front and rear
aprons, side running boards, side flaps painted in the vehicle colour and 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. Even more
exclusivity is made with the Night package which is available in conjunction with this model's equipment line.
Additional individualisation options come courtesy of various standard and metallic paint finishes, including two
special editions in designo Diamond White and, new for the GLS, designo Cardinal Red. On top of this there
is a comprehensive range of new light-alloy wheels featuring a variety of designs.
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Accompanying the high-end exterior design quality is a revised interior which underscores the first-class standards of
the GLS. Furthermore, up to seven passengers are able to enjoy an outstanding level of spaciousness. Like its
predecessor, the new GLS boasts ample elbow and headroom in all three seat rows. With its diverse adjustment options, the
centre seat row enables a high degree of flexibility in the interior, including a cargo position for optimum use of the
Other interior highlights include a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather and a newly designed
instrument panel with colour Media Display. Options available for the new GLS also include an air ionisation system for
even better interior air quality.
Individual highlights can be provided in the GLS interior with the help of the wood/leather multifunction steering
wheel, ambient lighting featuring three colour shades or the wide range of generously proportioned trim elements on the
instrument panel and door panels with coordinated retractable cup holder covers.
State-of-the-art connectivity and infotainment are optionally provided by the latest generation of COMAND Online,
including an 8-inch colour Media Display as well as an intuitive touchpad. An extensive package of free Standard Services
and Remote Online Services is available for the GLS as part of the mbrace service. Standard Services include automatic
emergency call, Accident Recovery and breakdown assistance and after-sales service. The Remote Online services (standard
with COMAND and usable free of charge for the first five years) allow access to vehicle information from anywhere at all
times, including the status of windows and doors, mileage, tyre pressures and other diagnostic data.
Exclusive interior lines meet the most discerning of standards
In addition to ambient lighting and trim elements in black piano lacquer or a variety of woods, five attractive
interior colour concepts are also available exclusively in genuine leather: black, ginger beige/espresso brown, saddle
brown/black, crystal grey/black or ginger beige/black.
In the case of the designo Exclusive nappa leather package, the overall impression of refinement is further
heightened by heated comfort seats in the front with upholstery in designo nappa leather as well as characteristic
diamond quilting. A distinctively sporty note comes courtesy of the AMG Line interior. It is comprised of, for the first
time for the GLS, sports seats in Exclusive nappa leather, a 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in a black
Exclusive nappa leather finish, graduated instrument dials in a Checkered flag look and brushed stainless steel sports
pedals with rubber studs.
Maximum safety for seven passengers
The equipment level of the new GLS in the area of active safety underscores Mercedes-Benz's high standards when it
comes to taking the strain off the driver. Standard driver assistance systems include COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS,
Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. Other systems available as standard on the GLS include: PRE-SAFE® system, Brake
Assist BAS, electronic all- wheel drive traction system 4ETS, ESP®, and cruise control.
The optional Driver Assistance Package further reduces the driver's workload while enhancing safety for the passengers,
with systems including DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with
Cross- Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist.
Optimum protection potential is provided by passive occupant protection systems together with "electronic crumple
zones" of the assistance systems and intelligent body design. Adaptive, two-stage airbags for driver and front passenger,
knee airbag for the driver and front passenger (combined thorax/pelvis airbags) and window airbags above all three seat
rows are available.
Night-time vision is improved by the optionally available LED Intelligent Light System, new to the GLS, while adverse
weather conditions resulting in impaired visibility are defused by MAGIC VISION CONTROL, the heated adaptive windscreen
wiper system which provides optimum water distribution.
Efficient performance: the engine line-up in the GLS
All of the engines available on the new GLS provide better performance across the model line. The powerful GLS550
4MATIC with V8 biturbo engine featuring direct injection now generates 449 hp, some 20 hp more than the preceding model,
and at a maximum torque of 516 lb-ft combines outstanding performance with the high level of motoring comfort of these
engines. The 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine, also featuring direct injection, is used in the GLS450 4MATIC. This engine
produces 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 rpm, and like all GLS models has an ECO start/stop function.
As the effortlessly superior top-of-the-range model in the series, the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 now has 577 horsepower,
over 27 horsepower more than its predecessor. The peak torque of 561 lb-ft is now available from just 1,750 rpm.
Alongside the petrol engine offerings, in the GLS350d 4MATIC offers a proven V6 diesel engine rated at 255 hp and with
ample torque of 455 lb-ft.
At the launch of the new GLS generation, all versions will feature the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as
standard (except the Mercedes-AMG GLS63), optionally in combination with low-range gearbox and centre differential lock.
Comprehensive stability: DYNAMIC SELECT, AIRMATIC with enhanced ADS and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM
With DYNAMIC SELECT, the new GLS provides up to six transmission modes. In addition to the settings COMFORT, SLIPPERY
and SPORT, with the DYNAMIC SELECT Controller in the centre console, the driver can additionally choose INDIVIDUAL or an
OFF-ROAD mode. If the GLS model is equipped with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, OFF-ROAD+ mode is also
available. With this, the low-range gearbox and centre differential lock intervene if necessary in order to ensure a high
degree of drivability in demanding off-road terrain. This is further boosted by the extended functions of the AIRMATIC
air suspension with raised ride heights for a ground clearance of up to 12.5 inches (306 mm) and a fording depth of up to
23.6 inches (600 mm).
On the GLS63, the DYNAMIC SELECT system receives the AMG treatment with the inclusion of a SPORT+ mode in place of the
OFF-ROAD mode available on other models.
In addition to several ground-breaking powertrain configurations, the retuned AIRMATIC air suspension with enhanced ADS
damping characteristics guarantees extremely stable driving, altering dampening depending on the current DYNAMIC SELECT
mode. SPORT focuses on the greatest possible lateral dynamics with the best possible ride quality. Conversely, COMFORT
mode enables maximum ride quality with the best possible dynamics.
The optional active roll stabilisation ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM uses active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle and
reduces the roll angle of the body during cornering. Better driving comfort when cornering and driving off-road are also
part of the advantages of the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM.
Completely modernised SUV family from Mercedes-Benz
With the new GLS, Mercedes-Benz is now offering the latest and most comprehensive premium SUV range ever. The portfolio
now ranges from the compact GLA, to the new GLC, the successful GLE family, the GLE Coupe and GLS, right through to the
mainstay of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the G-Class.
With its wide range of engine options, the GLS is an impressive prospect for North American buyers in particular: it
has been a market leader in its segment for many years.
The GLS will be available in Australia from May 2016.