The German manufacturer has a new way of naming their lineup. It is logic to align SUVs with their sedan lineup. So what was known as GL is now GLS, to stand shoulder to shoulder to the largest S-Class sedan. It’s not like it’s the S-Class of the SUV, but it is the closest you get. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is a three-row luxury SUV that is filled with gadgets and various features. Besides the change in letters on the back, it isn’t much more different than the current one.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Design
Nose is emphasized on the slightly wider grille and the headlights are pushed forward. With the large three-pointed star, it gives you that muscular look. Apart from added letter S to the rear badge, rear bumper is redesigned. In addition, you can also see new LED rear lights. And that’s all for 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS. As we said, not much. But biggest change comes to SUV’s mechanicals and we’ll get later to that.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Interior
The interior everything is made from high-quality materials, as would you expect from luxurious SUV. There is plenty of space for seven occupants in this three-row crossover. Seats are ventilated and have a heating option. And if you fold the rear seats you get 93.8 cubic feet of cargo space in 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS. On the dashboard only change visible is the position of the 8-inch infotainment screen. Now it stands on a top in the middle as you can see in any other model.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Safety
As for the safety, 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is packed with electronics and safety features. But when it comes to official rating there is just no information available even for the Gl model. Neither the IIHS, Euro NCAP or the NHTSA have completed crash tests. On the other hand, by the looks of its safety package, it would probably achieve a high rating.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS- Same Engines, New Transmission
When it comes to powertrains of 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS there also aren’t any differences. There are three Biturbo gasoline engines and one turbodiesel. Diesel is 3.0-liter V6 with 255 horsepower. Gasoline comes in 3.0-liter V6 with 362 horsepower. Other two are V8, one is 4.7-liter with 449 horsepower and the last one is AMG performance. This engine is 5.5-liter with 577 horsepower. All of those engines expect the AMG have one thing in common. Power will be sent to all four wheels with company’s 4Matic via nine-speed automatic transmission also called 9G-tronic. In other words, the AMG will remain to use seven-speed transmission. Speaking about EPA ratings, they are not yet available but diesel one will surely be the most economic while the AMG will be more thirsty.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Price
In other words pretty much everything that new 2017 Mercedes-Benz is having is its name. But it certainly will threaten its competitors like Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Acura MDX and others. As for the price we don’t expect to standard version go beyond $70.000 mark.