Mercedes-Benz GLS (2019–)
- April 2019: 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS revealed
- May 2019: Mercedes-Benz GLS now on sale
- November 2019: Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 revealed
- November 2019: Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 announced
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS revealed
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS is Mercedes-Benz's largest and most luxurious SUV. It's 77mm longer and 22mm wider than its predecessor, with a 60mm longer wheelbase for a roomier cabin. The seats in the third row can be lowered into the floor to increase the boot space (up to 2400 litres), while the seats in the second row fold flat. Furthermore, a six-seater variant with two luxury individual rear seats in the second seat row is available for the first time.
Like the GLE, the GLS features the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems giving cooperative support to the driver. The new 4MATIC ensures great agility on the road and strong performance off the beaten track, says Mercedes-Benz.
As the S-Class of SUVs, the new GLS indulges its passengers, especially those in the rear. The key comfort features at a glance:
- MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment System: Two 11.6-inch touchscreens for movie, music and internet enjoyment
- Rear Comfort package Plus: Separate tablet for controlling all of the MBUX comfort and entertainment functions from the rear seats
- Electrically adjustable seats throughout as standard, as is the Easy-Entry function, which makes it easy to get into and out of the third seat row
- Simple folding-down of all rear seats at the push of a button
- Two fully fledged seats in the third row (for people up to 1.94 m tall)
- Heated seats and separate USB charging ports for the third row, too
- Five-zone automatic climate control (standard in the UK).
The 2019 GLS has a considerably longer wheelbase than its predecessor (3135mm, an increase of 60mm). This creates more space, especially in the second seat row, which can furthermore be adjusted fore and aft. Legroom here is increased by 87mm when the seats are in their rearmost position, which also makes it easier to get into the vehicle.
As standard for the European market, the second row has a 60:40-split folding rear bench seat with adjustable 40:20:40-split backrests.
All seats are electrically adjustable as standard. The same applies to the EASY-ENTRY function, which makes it easy to get into and out of the two individual seats in the third row. For this, the seats in the second row move a long way forwards and fold forwards.
The seats in the third row are fully fledged seats that are suitable for people up to 1.94 m tall and are heated for the first time. There are also separate USB charging ports here.
Equipped with the standard five-zone automatic climate control, the third row has its own zone with climate control vents in the roof. This zone is supplied by its own, electrically powered heater and air conditioner.
A push of a button is all that is required to stow away the comfortable seats and make full use of the 2400-litre boot space in the GLS. The switches on the left and right of the load compartment and on the front of the wheel arches on the front-passenger side in the C-pillar area allow the seats in the rear rows to be folded completely flat. It is also possible to fold down all the seats simultaneously by pressing the "ALL" button. The carpet-trimmed backs of the backrests form part of a flat, practical load area. Another push of a button lowers the boot sill by approx. 50 mm to make it easier to load heavy items.
Only the 400d diesel engine is expected to be offered in the UK. This six-cylinder turbodiesel unit produces 330PS and 700Nm of torque.
Mercedes-Benz GLS now on sale
The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is available to order, with prices starting from £73,995 OTR for the GLS 400 d AMG Line Premium.
The GLS 400 d features a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 330 hp and 700 Nm of torque. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 148 mph. It can achieve up to 35.8 mpg (NEDC2) on the combined cycle and emits 208 g/km of CO2 (NEDC2).
GLS AMG Line Premium models come as standard with MBUX Interior Assistant; AIRMATIC Air Suspension with Active Damping; heated front and rear seats; Driving Assistance package; Burmester surround sound system; 22-inch multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels; Parking package with 360o camera; head-up display; ENERGIZING package; Magic Vision Control; Keyless-Go Comfort package; Aluminium-look running boards; and automatic sliding panoramic roof.
AMG Line Premium Plus trim adds MBUX augmented reality for navigation; Driving Assistance Plus package; ENERGIZING Package Plus; climatised, multi-contour front seats with massage functions; MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment System; temperature-controlled cup holder in the front; and heated front and rear armrests.
AMG Line Premium Plus Executive models feature all of the above equipment and add heated nappa leather multifunction steering wheel; climatised, multi-contour rear seats with massage functions; electric sunblinds in rear doors;
23-inch five-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels; MBUX rear tablet; and heated seats for the third row.
The Off Road package can be added for £1,495 and includes fully-variable all-wheel drive and low-range transmission; torque-on-demand (double speed) for traction and dynamic control; inter-axle locking via a torque-on-demand clutch; low-range off-road gearing; Downhill Speed Regulation; off-road ABS with specific optimisation for rough surfaces; and DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes including Offroad, Offroad+, Comfort and Sport.
The GLS comes with the enhanced AIRMATIC air suspension system with Adaptive Damping System Plus fitted as standard. This setup uses sensor systems and algorithms to adapt the damping characteristics to the road condition and driving situation in real time.
Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 revealed
Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 mild hybrid, the GLS 63 produces 612PS and can reach 62mph in 4.2 seconds. UK prices and specifications will be confirmed ahead of the GLS 63 going on sale in 2020.
Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 announced
A rival to the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Mercedes-Maybach 600 will start at around £180,000 when it goes on sale next year.
Power comes from the same 4.0-litre V8 biturbo petrol engine as the AMG GLS 63, with 558PS and 730Nm of torque.
Highlights include two outer rear seats which can be electrically converted into reclining seats, as well as climatised massage seats and a panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof with an opaque roller blind fitted as standard. Folding tables can be fitted in the rear as well as a fridge with space for champagne bottles.