Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 20, 2015 15:24
Mercedes-Benz GLS described as the S-Class among SUVs
Aside from the SL, Mercedes-Benz has debuted the GLS at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Designed to replace the Mercedes-Benz GL, the GLS is dubbed as the “S-Class among SUVs.”
Exterior-wise, the 2017 GLS is fitted with a large front bumper, a honeycomb-shaped grill and sharp-looking headlights. Turning at the side, the vehicle is characterized by sharp lines, roof rails, running boards and prominent wheel arches.
The rear of the 2017 GLS has LED taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler, a distinctive bumper and dual exhaust pipes.
Mercedes-Benz said that the brand offers the “Sport” exterior package on the GLS550. It features unique front and rear aprons, side running boards and 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.
In terms of dimensions, the GLS measures 5131mm long, 2141mm wide and 1849mm tall with a wheelbase of 3073mm.
The interior of the 2017 GLS features a three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel in Nappa leather, a refreshed instrument panel with an 8-inch display, as well as an intuitive touchpad placed on the center console.
The GLS can also be equipped with the “AMG Line” interior package which includes sports seats in Nappa leather, a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel, stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs and restyled instrument dials.
The 2017 GLS is available with the following engines:
(1) 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that delivers 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque
(2) 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 455 PS and 699 Nm of torque
(3) 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 585 PS and 760 Nm of torque
(4) 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine that is rated at 259 PS and 616 Nm of torque
The engines are mated to a nine-speed “9G-Tronic” automatic transmission.