Those who want to buy the ‘S-Class among SUVs’ – the new Mercedes-Benz GLS – can now place their orders for the seven-seater premium SUV. GLS features a starting price of £69,100 OTR, with initial deliveries in the United Kingdom set to commence in March 2016.
Those eyeing to buy one in the UK could choose from three available models, all of which feature luxurious comfort, excellent safety and superb power and agility. These models are the GLS 350d 4MATIC AMG Line, the GLS 350d 4MATIC designo Line and the new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC.
Featured as standard on all GLS models are AIRMATIC air suspension with adaptive damping, LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, and the latest generation of COMAND Online including an eight-inch screen and touchpad, as well as Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system. Moreover, the GLS is blessed with the panoramic electric sunroof, lane tracking package including Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, parking package with 360-degree camera, THERMOTRONIC climate control with three zones, and Keyless-GO comfort package.
Also provided are leather upholstery; memory front seats, three-color ambient lighting, and heated seats in the front two rows. If buyers opt for the designo Line, they would be treated to luxuries like designo nappa leather upholstery with diamond pattern quilting, a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats.
This model also comes with a four-zone climate control that includes the third row of seats as well as temperature-controlled cup holders and interior air ionization with filter. The GLS 350d 4MATIC designo Line is provided with the Active Curve System, which employs active suspension stabilizers to help mitigate the SUV’s rolling motion in mid- and high-speed bends while increasing axle articulation off-road.
Customers have the option to personalize their GLS with any of the five different leather upholstery colors (AMG Line) or any of the two luxurious designo Exclusive nappa leather (designo Line) – at no extra charge. An no extra charge, customers can choose from four available wood trim finishes -- brown open-pore ash, high-gloss brown burr walnut, high-gloss brown eucalyptus, black poplar -- or aluminum trim.
They may also opt, albeit with additional charges, trim finishes like black piano lacquer and AMG carbon-fibre with black piano lacquer (combined).
Serving as the core of the GLS 350d is a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that develops 258 hp of output and 620 Nm of torque while emitting just 199 g/km of carbon dioxide (down from 209 g/km).
This engine is mated to a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard for smoother shifts and with DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes. Moreover, customers may opt for an off-road package for the GLS 350d, which includes extra modes for the DYNAMIC SELECT system and a center differential lock, low-range gearbox.
The package also includes underbody protection panels and an off-road function for the headlights. Lastly, the package includes three additional heights for the suspension, thereby increasing ground clearance to 306 mm and wading depth of up to 600 mm.
On the other hand, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC is powered by a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that develops up to 585 hp of output (plus 28 hp) and 760 Nm of max torque available from 1,750 rpm.
This newest version of the GLS also boasts of higher level of equipment with standard elements like a revised AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-TRONIC transmission with AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes.
Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC also features a rear-biased AMG Performance all-wheel drive system. In terms of appearance, the new GLS dons the latest Mercedes-Benz styling. For instance, it features a new front end with unique power domes on the bonnet, as well as a rear donning more prominent tailpipes.
Inside, the vehicle is provided with a new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, a freshly designed instrument panel and a modified center console with touchpad. For customers who opted for the AMG Line, they will be treated to unique front and rear bumpers, 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and illuminated side running boards.
They may also opt for the available Night package that includes high-gloss black details like the louvres in the radiator grille, door mirrors and roof rails. In terms of interior space, the Mercedes GLS is generous, especially as it needs to seat up to seven passengers luxuriously and comfortably.
Boot space is also noteworthy as the GLS features a boot volume of 295 liters when all seats are in place. This volume hikes to 680 liters when the third-row seats are folded, or 2,300 liters when all rear seats are folded. The SUV features a load compartment with a length of 2,124 mm and a payload capacity of up to 815 kg.