Mercedes-Benz is widely renowned for their line of luxury sedans. From the sporty A-Class to the opulence offered by the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz always has a vehicle for every lifestyle and personality. With its success in providing luxurious cars worldwide, that’s not to say that Mercedes-Benz has forgotten the increasingly popular SUV. Now with a full range of vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has various SUVs to go with whatever needs to get done – all built with the same class and quality you’d expect from the three pointed star.
It Started with the G
The Mercedes-Benz SUV roster traces its roots back to the legendary G-Class. Dubbed as the epitome of the Mercedes-Benz SUV segment, the G-Class demonstrates the sheer durability of Mercedes-Benz, a vehicle that withstands the test of time and lives on from generation to generation. From its conception 39 years ago, the G-Class preserved its iconic design but continues to be updated with innovative and technological features that improve driving comfort and convenience.
The longest-serving Mercedes-Benz model sports a powerful V8 engine with power output of 422 PS and 610 Nm of torque. The G-Class takes pride in its permanent all-wheel drive system and three 100% differential locks, making it the perfect partner for any driving terrain and off-road areas in the country.
Equipped with safety features such as anti-locking brakes, airbags and window bags for driver and front passengers, as well as brake assist, electronic stability program, and headlamp assist, the G-Class ensures that your adventures are as safe as they can get.
Slated to celebrate 40 strong years in 2019, the G-Class retains its identity as the stalwart Mercedes SUV around the globe.
Mercedes-Benz GLS: The S-Class among SUVs
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considered an ultra-premium vehicle with all the safety and technological features embedded in a luxurious vehicle. So when Mercedes-Benz introduced the GLS it was but natural to translate the S-Class experience into this SUV.
The exterior of the GLS manifests elegance that demonstrates sensuous clarity and detail while sporting its dominant stance. Its front section radiates a confident presence thanks to its powerdomes, while its striking silhouette clearly identifies the GLS as the premium SUV.
As a full-size SUV, the GLS can fit up to seven occupants with ample space and top-notch comfort. The seats are particularly versatile with the EASY-ENTRY System for ease of access to the third row seats. Its sizeable trunk space gives more room for any baggage needed for your adventures. The GLS interior can be customized with its soothing ambient lighting system with a three-color selection: Neutral (white), Polar (ice-blue), and Solar (amber). Stay connected with the GLS infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity that enables hands-free function and audio streaming using the Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound System.
The GLS sports cutting-edge safety features such as active brake assist, anti-lock braking system, acceleration skid control, attention assist, and magic vision control wherein a cleaning agent is sprayed directly in front of the wiper blades before it can impair the driver’s vision – ideal when cruising on dusty off-road surfaces. The GLS is also equipped with numerous airbags including driver and front passenger airbags as well as side airbags, knee airbag for the driver, and window airbags.
The GLS is powered by a V6 engine paired with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive. The full-size SUV is also equipped with ADS Plus, a system which controls the dampening force of each individual wheel according to road surface conditions. The GLS is also armed with Dynamic Select features to customize your driving experience depending on the weather, road, and off-road conditions.
The GLS represents the most luxurious offering among the Mercedes-Benz SUVs segment with its stylish, comfortable, spacious, and highly intelligent features.
The GLE: Cocoon of Intelligence and Safety
The Mercedes-Benz GLE is built to be one of the most intelligent and toughest SUVs ever made. Demonstrating Mercedes-Benz’s engineering and state-of-the art features at its finest, the GLE is meant to handle the toughest terrain – all while balancing your comfort and convenience in the cabin.
The GLE showcases a sporty yet elegant grill and a svelte bodyline that is sure to catch attention on the road. The muscular stance of the GLE is capped off by its 20” alloy wheels and with the LED Intelligent Light System shaped as a glowing arc that sweeps into its well-sculpted profile.
Inside, the cabin features an ambient light option, elegant air vents, a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with multimedia controls, and a 7” display infotainment system that can be operated through a touchpad. Surrounded by these features, a party of five as well as their luggage can be comfortably seated inside the GLE.
Powered by a V6 engine matched with Dynamic Select features, the GLE does not disappoint whether it is used on the busy streets in the metro or on muddy off-road terrain. Despite being powered by innovative engine technologies, the GLE seamlessly converts less fuel into more torque – thereby producing surprisingly lower emissions. The standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive facilitates monitoring of each wheel for initial signs of slippage and consequently sends torque to the wheel with the remaining best grip. Agility Control adjusts suspension at every wheel depending on road surface and driving style.
The GLE carries a host of various safety features such as collision prevention assist, blind spot assist, radar-based active brake assist with collision mitigation.
All told, the GLE distinguishes itself as the SUV that mixes intelligence with brawn in Mercedes’ lineup.
GLC: Setting the Benchmark for the Midsize SUV
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a mid-size SUV that acts as the jack-of-all-trades. Possessing everything that you look for in a luxury SUV – comfort, luxury, performance, cutting-edge technology, and design – it thus sets a new standard for the mid-size SUV segment.
Before you can even set foot in the GLC, its muscular profile and athletic line stand out and excite the senses. The GLC sports a modern off-road feel mixed with urban functionality. Its clear, smooth lines, and distinct contours give the GLC its sporty yet elegant aesthetic.
Aside from an expansive cargo space, the GLC’s interior has a host of other party tricks. The GLC is equipped with an infotainment system powered by a touchpad which gives you easier access to your multimedia files. It also empowers you to connect your mobile phone through Bluetooth and enables you to answer calls hands-free through the steering wheel control buttons. The interior also provides generous leg room in the rear seats which can be split folded to accommodate more cargo space if needed.
Under the hood, the GLC is powered by a 4-cylinder engine matched with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine has an output of 184PS and a torque of 300Nm. To further enhance the driving experience, the GLC is equipped with Dynamic Select which lets you to choose the driving mode that suits your driving style, the weather, and road conditions. This gives way to more comfortable body control of the driver over bumps and other driving conditions.
Just like any other Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the GLC is updated with the latest safety features and technology which include adaptive brake lights, attention assist, and airbag deployment including side bags and window bags for the driver and the passengers.
Should you want a mid-size SUV with versatility out of the box, the GLC ought to be the choice for you.
GLA: The Luxe Crossover
The local terrain and weather make it ideal to own a pickup or SUV but there’s also a need for the comfort of driving a sedan in the city streets, thereby resulting in the demand for crossovers.
Mercedes-Benz meets this need with the GLA 180, a compact SUV equipped with masculine SUV design elements yet retains the comfort and sophistication of a Mercedes-Benz. It is bold as it integrates the DNA of every Mercedes-Benz with the versatility of an authentic SUV.
From the exterior to the interior, the GLA 180 is maintains the quality and finish you’d expect from a Mercedes Benz. Front seats are as comfortable as lounge chairs, with trims and accents that give off a masculine vibe. The instrument cluster, aircon vents and the front panel take design inspiration from an airplane’s cockpit, adding to the overall feel of the entire cabin interior.
At the heart of the GLA 180 is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that spews out power of 122 PS and 200 Nm of torque.
With more than a century’s worth of expertise and innovations in the automotive industry worldwide, Mercedes-Benz continues to innovate and build vehicles that impact people’s lives around the globe. And considering the changing of times, its SUV line up serves as one of the most powerful, most intelligent, and safest rosters ever built.