Spacious interior, excellent technology, handsome design and great performance… These are the words which best describe the Mercedes-Benz GLS model, previously known as GL-Class. This model has been introduced last year, which was basically an improved and refreshed version of the GL-Class. Therefore, we can only assume that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS might not undergo some major changes. For a complete redesign of this luxury crossover, we will have to wait a few more years, precisely the 2020.
However, in order to keep it fresh, German automaker will probably give it a few adjustments. So we can expect several upgrades considering tech features, a few more exterior colors and updated styling. As well, it might appear with improved fuel efficiency. The new Mercedes will be once again available in three trim levels. Those are: GLS450, GLS550 and GLS63. Main competition of the GLS model will be Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS types of engines and performances
Depending on a trim level, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS will be powered with three types of engines. So, the base model will be equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 turbocharged engine. This unit will be capable of making 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The GLS550 model will get a 4.6-liter V-8 turbocharged powertrain. This one will have the output of 449 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque.
The last one will be the most powerful and will be placed in top GLS63 model. It is a 5.5-liter V-8 engine. This powertrain will be able to generate 577 horses and the torque of 561 pound-feet. The first two engines will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The GLS63 trim will be paired with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive configuration will be standard on all the models.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior look, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS will retain its classic SUV design. It is handsome, large and very attractive. The last year`s model has received a full redesign of the front fascia. This included new and wider grille, revised headlamps and a bumper. On the rear, we could notice new taillights and new bumper. The wheels have gotten a new design too. So, this time, we believe that it might get slimmer headlamps and slightly revised grille.
Inside, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS will continue with its luxurious design. The cabin is quite spacious and able to comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers. The third row of seats will be power-folding if you need an extra cargo space. The costumers will have a wide choice between top quality materials and colors for the upholstery. Furthermore, the cabin is very quiet even at high speeds.
As for the equipment, the new GLS will be available with heated and ventilated seats, Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen sound systems, leather upholstery, ambient lighting, a sunroof and so on. Moreover, speaking of the safety, it will come with traction control, anti-lock brakes, attention assist system, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control etc.
Release date and price
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS should appear on the market this summer. When it comes to pricing, the base model should start at $70,000. The top trims will go up to $125,000.