2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Flagship SUV now on sale
The all-new Mercedes GLS SUV is now on sale, priced from £73,995 on the road.
Following its reveal at the New York Motor Show, the refreshed GLS will offer an updated look and a completely re-engineered platform.
Three trim lines are available – AMG Line Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus and AMG Line Premium Plus Executive – all featuring the 400d engine. This 2.9-litre turbodiesel produces 327hp and achieves an average of 37.2mpg and 201g/km of CO2.
GLS AMG Line Premium models feature a variety of kit as standard including MBUX Interior Assistant. Other features include heated front and rear seats; 22in multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels; and a variety of packages including Driving Assistance, Keyless-Go and a Parking package with 360 degree camera. Aluminium-look running boards and an automatic sliding panoramic roof also feature.
Going up the line, AMG Line Premium Plus adds Mercedes outstanding MBUX augmented reality satnav; climatised front seats with massage functions; and MBUX entertainment system for the rear seats. For additional comfort there’s also a temperature-controlled cup holder in the front and heated front and rear armrests.
At the top of the range, AMG Line Premium Plus Executive models feature all of the above equipment and add 23-inch five-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, heated nappa leather multifunction steering wheel; rear seats with massage functions; electric sunblinds in rear doors and heated seats for the third row.
An additional Off Road package can also be added for an extra £1,495.
The new GLS is noticeably larger than before. In fact, at more than 5,200mm long it’s one of the biggest cars currently available. The wheelbase has increased to 3,135, too.
For the main part, the styling isn’t actually too different to the outgoing GLS, although noticeable differences include a new twin-louvre grille and standard Multibeam LED headlights.
If you’ve been in an S-Class, the interior will be instantly recognisable. It gets the same cutting-edge tech, with the dashboard now dominated by two large screens – one of which is behind the steering wheel and makes up the driver display.
Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system is standard, as are rotary controllers and touch-sensitive pads to control it. Driver assistance packages are also standard, including Active Tailback Assist – a feature that can recognise traffic jams and reduce the car’s speed accordingly.
No interior dimensions have been revealed, but it’s safe to say the GLS is a seriously spacious car. It will be available with seven seats as standard, although Mercedes is introducing a new six-seat option too, for those that want to up the luxury experience further.
First deliveries of the refreshed GLS are expected to arrive in the autumn.