Significantly revised GLS Class is now on the market & it promises unmatched refinement on the move.

Mercedes-Benz has quietly introduced a significantly revised GLS class onto the market. Featuring bolder styling, enhanced luxury and seamless driver integration, the newcomer also gets updated drivetrain technology for unmatched refinement on the move.

Hot on the heels of the recent GLE facelift, Benz tells us that its flagship SUV now boasts a design to better befit its premier status. Big brother’s nip and tuck emphasises the formidable car’s presence even further, both on and off the road. Promising next level enhanced GLS comfort, connectivity, and ambience, as well as an enhanced engine line-up, the flagship Benz SUV aims to fully satisfy the more distinguished buyer.


A Revised Engine Line-up Under that GLS bonnet

Our local range includes the effortless 360 HP 553 lb.-ft 2989 cc straight-six turbodiesel Benz GLS 450 d and the 510 HP 538 lb.-ft 3982 cc biturbo petrol V8 GLS 580 4Matics. Both get a 20 HP 147 lb.-ft mild hybrid electric boost and boast. The 450 d has a 6 second 0-60 mph acceleration claim at 28 mpg. The 580 will do 60 in 4.8 seconds and glug a gallon of premium gas every 14 miles.

Topping the range is the monster luxury $174,350 Rolls-Royce Cullinan rivalling 550 HP 538 lb.-ft 3982 cc biturbo petrol Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600. It’s good for 4.9 seconds to 60, and 18 mpg. Other markets including the US do not get the 450 d, but rather the $87,000 375 HP 369 lb.-ft 5.8 second 0-60, and 22 mpg turbo gasoline inline-six turbo petrol GLS 450 alongside the $112,000 580.


All GLS Models Get a 20 HP 147 lb.-ft Electric Boost

The hand crafted biturbo 4-litre V8 AMG GLS 63 is already available in the US. At $145, the 850 603 HP 627 lb.-ft monster is good for 4.1 second s0-60 16 mpg. All GLS models come with that same 20 HP 147 lb.-ft electric boost from the Integrated Starter Generator nestling in the nose of their AMG Speedshift TCT 9-speed automatic transmissions. They also all get Benz 4Matic all-wheel drive and are governed to 155 mph maximum speed.

Straight up, you will tell the new GLS apart by their bolder and even more striking grilles, more prominent bumpers with integrated inlet grilles and larger faux under guards. Latest generation intelligent headlamps bring a now look via Triple-block LED DRLs, which theme is repeated at the rear. The now look is rounded off by a selection of new look light-alloy wheel designs and new Manufaktur paint finishes. A revised Off-Road Engineering package adds an underride guard and 30 mm more ground clearance.


All Variants Now Get the Previous Maybach Trim

Step aboard the GLS to find new silver shadow galvanised air vents in the giant seven-seater cabin. It opens upo to a large van-like cargo capacity. That flowing glossy piano black Manufaktur trim that was only previously found in the Maybach flagship.

Latest generation ‘Hey Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment brings individual displays in traditional classic, red sporty, and essentials-only discreet styles. Add navi, assist, service, and an off-road mode. That adds gradient, inclination, compass and steering visuals and transparent bonnet and 360‑degree cameras.


Maybach GLS Redefines Opulence Inside

The AMG GLS 63 gets those expected brute looks, wheels, and quad tailpipes. The meticulously crafted Maybach GLS 600 is meanwhile identified by chrome grilles. Add lettered ‘Maybach’ branding and sexy optional forged 23‑inch wheels. Maybach cabin highlights include opulent state-of-the-art luxury diamond quilt style first class seats and animated projection ambient lighting. Mirrored rear cabin MBUX adds multi-seat entertainment system.

As noted, the nipped and tucked Mercedes-Benz GLS range has sneaked into a Mercedes-Benz dealership near you. Depending on the market there are myriad maintenance, service, and finance deals to see the flagship Mercedes SUV on your driveway. For far less than you’d ever imagine, every month. Sounds like a fabulous idea!

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