Feeling a bit generous, Mercedes-Benz has officially pulled the wraps of the 2017 GLS SUV ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Not to be confused as an all-new model, the GLS is none other than the current GL-Class but with a new moniker under the automaker’s new nomenclature. The big daddy or the S-Class of SUVs, the new GLS gets a revised styling over the outgoing model while the interiors have been spiced up even further with more luxurious appointments on offer.
As mighty as it gets, the 2017 Mercedes GLS is all about premium looks and comes with a comprehensively styled front fascia. The styling is in-line with the W222 S-Class and gets a wider imposing grille with twin slats and has the bold looking star crest grabbing attention in the centre. The headlight cluster looks a lot more premium with integrated LED daytime running lights. The bumper has been mildly tweaked with larger air intakes while the bonnet gets new muscular grooves for an imposing appeal.
The side profile does not get a bulk of changes but gets sharper character lines and new alloy wheels while the rear gets a tweaked bumper and revised LED tail lights sum up the list of changes. While the GLS looks a lot more modern now, the changes are still subtle and can go unnoticed especially at the rear. Moving inside the cabin, the full-blown luxury SUV continues to seat 7 and comes with a revised centre console. New on the GLS is a the floating 8-inch display, new touchpad and an updated three-spoke steering wheel covered in Nappa leather.
You can also opt for the air ionisation system which improvs the air quality inside the cabin. Pretty darn cool eh! Further, the Mercedes GLS comes with a tonne of safety goodies including Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, Brake Assist BAS, cruise control, ESP and electronic AWD traction system with 4ETS. The new GLS is also off-road friendly this time and comes with a six-mode Dynamic Select system and features an extra Off-road Plus mode in addition to the standard Comfort, Slippery, Sport, Individual and Off-Road modes. The new mode comes with a water wading depth of up to 600 mm.
Coming to the engine options, the Mercedes GLS is powered by two petrol engine options including a 3.0-litre V6 churning out 328 BHP while the top-end trim gets a 4.7-litre V8 churning out 449 BHP. The mind boggling GLS63 AMG gets a 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing a whopping 557 BHP and 760 Nm of torque. Diesel power comes from the 3.0-litre V6 motor making out 255 BHP and will be the popular version in India. All engines now come paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission save for the GLS63 AMG that will continue to get a 7-speed SpeedShift transmission. The new 9-speed unit will come with an optional low-range configuration and a centre differential lock.
Other upgrades on the 2017 Mercedes GLS include an upgraded Airmatic suspension for improved ride quality and hydraulically operated anti-roll bars. The GLS is all about providing luxury and performance in an overwhelming package and is for those who like to make a bold statement with the big star. Mercedes-Benz will be bringing the GLS to India only by next year and an 2016 Auto Expo display would be great.