There's no denying that the S-Class is the pinnacle of luxury sedans from Mercedes-Benz. After all, world leaders seem to have a liking for the big luxury sedan. But what if you want something even bigger, taller, and more commanding? There's always the Toyota Land Cruiser, but Mercedes-Benz will soon offer something that will fight it.
Introducing the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS, and quite literally, it is the S-Class of SUVs. With it out, the 2020 GLS has its sights aimed squarely at Munich; the BMW X7 to be precise. It will also square off against other high-end SUVs, such as the Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and the Lexus LX570.
Longer, taller, and wider than before, the all-new GLS is the biggest SUV to come out of the Mercedes-Benz range, out-sizing even the iconic G-Class. In terms of design, it is more on the evolutionary side with cues from smaller models present. The headlights, for instance, are a squarer interpretation of the ones found in the GLC. There's also a huge grill with thick slats to give it a more imposing presence in the rear-view mirror.
The sides, on the other hand, has minimal detailing without much in the way of character lines. Windows, on the other hand, is tall, which should give the cabin an airy feeling. As for the rear, it again resembles that of the GLC with its slim, wraparound design. The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS uses the Modular High Architecture (MHA), which is the same one found in the mid-size GLE, and is said to be lighter than the model it replaces.
Inside, the 'living large' theme continues. For starters, there are two large screens on the dash, one serving as the instrument cluster, and the other, as the infotainment system. And just to give you an idea of just how wide the all-new GLS is, there are four air-conditioning vents on the center stack. A variety of interior combinations will be available, from leather to different kinds of trimmings. There's even an option to add wood cappings on the steering wheel, as seen here. This being a top-spec Mercedes-Benz, there's a load of tech inside as well.
As for the engines, the full range has yet to be announced. What is certain are six and eight-cylinder options, along with turbocharged gas and diesel variants. Down the line, mild-hybrid powertrains are likely to join the range as well.
All in all, it's imposing, commanding, packed with luxury and technology, and has a three-pointed star. The question now is this: Would you rather get this or a BMW X7?