Images of the new Mercedes GLS have appeared online ahead of a likely unveiling at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November. The new model replaces the old GL SUV and, when it goes on sale, it’ll compete with rivals such as the Range Rover and Volvo XC90.
The GLS is the fourth and final SUV in the Mercedes range to receive a new look and refreshed name-plate following the compact GLA, mid-range GLC, and the larger GLE. The GLS will be the largest of them all and, while it’ll be sold in Europe, it’s mainly designed for an American market.
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New Mercedes GLS styling
We can see the new GLS shares the same basic vehicle architecture as the outgoing GL. A new front bumper smooths out some of the angular intakes of the old model in favour of a simpler, smoother design that matches the rest of the Mercedes range.
The headlights are much more rounded and the refreshed bonnet sports two new creases. The roofline and greenhouse appear unchanged but the rear bodywork now features a flash of chrome above two large, square exhausts. Simplified taillights sit beside an apparently unchanged boot-lid.
New Mercedes GLS interior
Many buyers will be encouraged to hear that the practical seven-seat layout remains the same as the GL. It’s also likely that recent equipment upgrades fitted to the GLE will appear in the GLS. Re-designed interior trim and a new infotainment system with a large dashboard mounted display are things to look out for.
New Mercedes GLS engines
The recently upgraded engine line-up for the GL will likely be carried over into the GLS. This means buyers will be able to choose from a selection of petrol and diesel V6s and an AMG turbocharged V8 petrol with 577hp. All diesel options should come equipped with a new nine-speed automatic gearbox.
It is possible that Mercedes will choose to fit a four-cylinder diesel for some markets but it remains to be seen if such an engine will reach the UK.
It’s likely a plug-in hybrid version will also be developed using the same drivetrain as the hybrid GLE. The combination of a combustion engine and an electric motor should mean the GLS’s CO2 emissions fall below 85g/km and its all-electric range is up to 18 miles.
New Mercedes GLS price and release date
Because the changes made over the old GL are minimal, we expect the GLS’s price to vary only very slightly when it goes on sale in 2016. This would mean an entry-level price of approximately £60,000, with a top-of-the-range GLS costing close to £100,000.