As the rivalry between Volvo and Range Rover’s premium SUVs continue, Mercedes-Benz throws in the new GLS Grand Edition, a new trim option for its flagship three-row SUV model. The Grand Edition Euro-spec sport utility vehicle will be featuring brand new interior and exterior packages available for the GLS 350d, 400 and 500. The list consists of 20-inch alloys, several choices of colors for the body paint and a choice for leather lined interior.
To help draw the line between the standard GLS and this new level trim, Mercedes will be adding special GLS Grand Edition badges within the front end of the SUV. This will be placed next to the front wheel arches or on the side of the wings. The German marque will only make this available in Europe which will cost about $3,001 for the exterior and another $7,764 for the interior using the current exchange rates. In Germany, each package will be sold at €2,300 and € 5,950 respectively.
Nevertheless, the upgraded version will be offered with high end premium features such as the trim-exclusive porcelain and espresso brown cabin color motif and posh nappa leather seats with diamond quilt design and brown stitching. Its dashboard will likewise get the same leather material with light stripes and open-pore wood trims while the velour mats in espresso brown color are enhanced by the SUV’s special ambient light. On the outside, the 20-inch AMG-style black alloy wheels will be featuring ten-spoke design in high gloss finish.
As if the added comfort plus the exclusivity of the new Grand Edition aren’t enough to make one opt for an upgrade, all Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition variants with either V8 or six cylinder engines come with the standard 4-matic all-wheel drive. Its GLS 350d turbodiesel variant, packed with a 3.0-liter V6 is capable of making up to 258hp and 457lb-ft of torque. The gasoline-powered GLS 400 packs 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 with 333hp and 354 lb-ft. torque output. The range topping variant or the GLS 500 is backed by a 456hp and 516-lb ft 4.7-liter V8 engine while all three are married to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes will be bringing the new GLS Grand Edition to the European showrooms beginning February 2018 and has now started to take orders. With that said, the UK sale date is still waiting for its official confirmation. Nonetheless, be ready to pay an extra £2,060 and another £5,320 to avail its latest trim packages.
There sure are plenty of things to anticipate from the brand this 2018. Mercedes will also have their next generation GLS very soon, which will come equipped with S-Class engine units along with the sedan’s in-car technologies such as the range-topping GLS 63 with up to 612hp.