Like most other luxury carmakers, German giant Mercedes-Benz is focusing on revamp of its crossover/SUV portfolio. The company is now testing a lineup of vehicles including the popular GLA and GLE Class. The latest reports indicate the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS class is also being tested before launch.
This is going to be the 2nd generation of GLS Class. This model will be more stronger with high-end materials and it will be equipt with latest tech and safety.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Exterior Specs and Styling
The test model of upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class was recently spied a number of times and photos are now available on the web. The prototype model was undergoing testing on the public road. Despite moderate level of camouflage, the design styling was clear.
It is based on the company’s new MHA architecture. Owing to this, the new vehicle is larger and the cabin is more spacious. It is expected to look less boxy than the existing version.
You can expect the vehicle to be laden with LED headlamps, larger outside rearview mirror and alloy wheels with new styling. The new car is expected to be more lightweight than the previous edition.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Interior Features
The cabin is also going to be spacious and there will be enough space to accommodate 7 adults. The company also showcased a special GLS Grand Edition at the recent Detroit auto show. A Maybach version of the model may also be produced later.
Safety and Amenities
Like most of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz lineup, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLS class will get a number of advanced safety features. Amenities will be class-leading too. So, you can expect some form of autonomous driving tech embedded, taken from the E Class.
The newest version of Mercedes’s COMAND infotainment setup will be there too. Facilities like ambient lighting, Bluetooth, HD radio, multi-zone automated climate control and voice control will there.
The GLS Class Grand edition comes in two trims- GLS550 4Matic and GLS450 4Matic. They get features like Espresso Brown interior theme, Nappa leather seating, leather-trimmed dashboard, Ambient lighting, advanced LED lighting, 20-inch two-tone wheels.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Engine Details
The exact powertrain that will be in upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLS Class is still unknown. However, a range of six and 4 cylinder gasoline engines will be definitively under the hood.
There is a rumor that will get the same engine as the current one 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6. This engine can deliver 362 horsepower. It is available in model GLS 450. The other one that powers GLS 550 is the mighty 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8.
This one is capable to make 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. However, we will definitely see better numbers in the new model.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Hybrid model
The latest industry buzz is that the car will also be offered with a hybrid engine setup. An AMG model with a beefy engine may also be on the cards. All engines will get better mileage and fuel economy.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Price and Date of Arrival
The expected base trim price of 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS is approx $70.000 while top trim price may cross $10.000 with customizations. However, the priciest model is the GLS 550 with the price of around $97.000. It will debut in late 2018, as per the latest reports.
Summing it up
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS is an exciting mid-range luxury SUV. It gets several enhancements for 2019. From new exterior styling to beefed-up engines and autonomous driving tech, it ticks the right boxes.
Upon release, it will lock horns with BMW X7, Lincoln Navigator, Volvo XC90 and Range Rover. There is the grand edition that is aimed at buyers with huge wallets who want a truly lavish performance SUV.