Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new flagship GLS at the New York motor show.


Dimensionally, the new SUV measures in at 5207mm long and 1956mm long, with a 3135mm wheelbase – that’s 77mm longer and 22mm wider than the outgoing model. That means additional room for all three rows of passengers, and up to 2400 litres of boot capacity.

Visually, the GLS borrows many design cues from the smaller GLE. Up front there’s a large grille and a set of LED headlights, while at the rear it adopts a maxi-GLE look with a chrome strip separating two thin LED taillights.


Inside, Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system features, consisting of two 12.3-inch side-by-side touchscreens with in-built navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Passengers sit on plush leather seats, which are heated, cooled and sport a massaging function. Other interior features include wireless charging, LED ambient lighting, head-up display, and optional heated and cooled cupholders.

Four powertrains will be available. Petrol choices consist of the GLS450, powered by a 270kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six, while the GLS580 is powered by a 360kW/700Nm 4.0-litre AMG-sourced twin-turbo V8 – both are aided by a 16kW/250Nm EQ Boost mild-hybrid system, which kicks in under heavy load.


On the other hand, diesel powertrains range from the 210kW/600Nm 350d to the 243kW/700Nm GLS400d.

Safety technology is aplenty too, with all GLS models set to be shipped standard with autonomous emergency braking, 360-degree camera and automatic parking assist. Look to the options list, and you can add adaptive cruise control with stop&go functionality, lane-keep assist, evasive steering assist, speed limit assist and augmented navigation.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS lands in Australia later this year.


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