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The NEW Mercedes-Benz GLS

Author: Sam Allibone


Mercedes-Benz have announced their updated GLS model, promising superior luxury and quality in the premium SUV segment.


The exterior design of Mercedes-Benz’s range-topping SUV is very similar to the new GLE, adding in new styling elements from the refreshed design language. The headlight and grill design from the new GLE have been carried over to the GLS, but a more aggressive lower grill has been used for added edge. The rear of the car uses a squared-off shape for added space and practicality, with the new-look LED taillights sitting proud across the back.

As expected, the GLS incorporates Mercedes’ MBUX media platform and plush interior. Like the A-Class and CLA, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sweeps across the dash, combined with the 12.3-inch centre infotainment screen. As an option, drivers can spec the Rear Comfort Package Plus, which adds a 7-inch Android tablet and docking station, giving passengers control of most MBUX features – however, they can be overridden by the driver. Adding the MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment System provides 11.6-inch rear touchscreens for passengers to enjoy movies or music, and even search the web or look at trip information.


Onboard systems like Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC allow the car to respond to situations further up the road based on live traffic information – if there’s traffic on a motorway, for example, the car will slow to 62mph as a precaution. As part of the Driving Assistance Package Plus, Active Stop-and-Go Assist will maintain the chosen distance between the car in front and will keep the SUV in lane. The car can slow to a stop, and then accelerate back to the previous speed within a minute after. If it reads a road sign with a new posted speed limit, the car will adhere to that. All the while the driver can enjoy a comfortable ride with the standard AIRMATIC suspension setup.

The GLS will come with a range of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol units come with six or eight cylinders and are paired to EQ Boost for added performance. In the diesel range, there’s a 330hp engine with 700Nm of torque (the 400d 4MATIC), and a less powerful 350d. Every engine is paired to an automatic nine-speed gearbox and an all-wheel drive configuration as standard.

NEW GLS Interior

If you’re constantly at the car wash, you’re in luck – the new SUV comes with a Carwash function, which raises the suspension, folds the mirrors, closes all windows and the sunroof, supresses the rain sensor information to prevent them turning on during the process, switches the climate control to air-recirculation mode and actives the 360 camera image to help with manoeuvring. It then turns off these settings when the car reaches 12.4mph or more.

Pricing will start from around £72,000 when it goes on sale at the end of April 2019.
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