The all-new, third generation of this luxury SUV is about to come next year as 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS. It looks like German carmakers are working hard in the last few years in refreshing crossover lineups. As you probably know, BMW is currently working on new-generation X5 and all-new X7 models, while Audi is about to present a brand-new Q8.
On the other side, Mercedes-Benz is updating both mid-size and full-size segments, with GLE and GLS models completely redesigned. The later one is about to continue to represent this famous manufacturer in the segment o full-size SUVs. It will come with a lot of novelties, including a new platform, new engines, new styling and much more. The new model has been spotted on the road already and many expect to see it on the market pretty soon, probably already in the next year.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Redesign
This overhaul is about to bring a lot of novelties. The new generation is about to adopt the company’s new architecture that will bring benefits in terms of both size and weight. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will be slightly bigger, but the new platform will provide massive weight savings, probably around 200-300 pounds. This will have a highly positive effect on driving dynamics, so we count on even better driving experience this time. In terms of styling, we will see the brand’s newest design language.
The new model is already on the road, in a testing phase. Though completely camouflaged, we can notice that if features similar shape as the outgoing model. The overall contour may be similar, but there is a completely new front end to come, which will include a new pair of headlights, revised grille and many other new details.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Interior
Another aspect where we expect significant changes. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is about to get a completely new cabin layout. Compared to the current model, it will go upscale in many ways. First of all, the materials quality will be even better. Second, expect to see a completely new dashboard layout. Most likely, it will mimic the company’s flagship sedan S-Class. This would mean a far more elegant look, which will involve a much more elegant approach, with plenty of horizontal lines. The list of standard equipment will be expanded as well. We can’t say anything more specific, but we count on a similar trim level organization. However, it still depends on the engine choice.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Engines
The current generation comes with three engines in the offer. There is one V6 unit, with a displacement of 3.0 liters. It delivers around 360 horsepower. Also, there are two V8 units, with a max power of 450, and 577 hp for the AMG version. When it comes to the next-generation model, some of these engines will probably carry on. On other side, there is a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which will replace the old 5.5-liter unit from the AMG version. The new engine will be far more efficient, but it will also have more power, which will go over 600 horses. Outside North America, this full-size luxury SUV will be also available in diesel version. There is a familiar inline-six unit, which comes in two variants, with either 280 or 340 horsepower. All versions should feature the company’s new 9-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS AMG
Along with standard models, we are expecting a new hi-performance version by AMG department. As we’ve already mentioned, there is a new engine to come. It is a new 4.0-liter Bi-Turbo V8, which will replace the old 5.5-liter unit. In terms of efficiency, we will see significant improvement. The new engine will be both more powerful and more economic. Latest reports suggest a max output of more than 600 horsepower. Besides a new engine, we will see a lot of other upgrades. Of course, many of them will be mechanical and will involve things like new suspension, brakes etc. Also, expect to see numerous styling enhancements. We will see a lot of bodywork that will make this SUV look sportier. On the inside, expect to see plenty of AMG’s recognizable details, just like it is the case with other models from the famous manufacturer.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Release Date and Price
The arrival of the next-generation 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is pretty close. The new model will come sometime in the next year, maybe already in the first half. When it comes to the price, the current model goes between 70.000 and 125.000 dollars. The new generation shouldn’t be much different. When it comes to the competition, some of the key players in the class are models like Toyota Land Cruiser, Lincoln Navigator, Range Rover, Lexus LX etc.