Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | September 04, 2017 17:59
Mercedes-Benz spotted testing heavily camouflaged 2019 GLS
Mercedes-Benz is indeed busy testing their new line of crossovers and SUVs. Aside from the all-new G-Class, the German automaker was also spotted road testing the 2019 GLS. It is set to take on BMW's X7 and other full-size seven seater luxury SUVs. Upon first glance, it appears the all-new GLS will have a sleeker design than before along with what appear to be a vastly reworked front fascia.
Looking beyond the camouflage, the 2019 GLS appears to have redesigned headlights along with what looks to be a more prominent front grill. Behind the large alloy wheels are equally huge disc brakes which could indicate the prototype seen here has a high-output motor.
Around the back, false panels hide the final design of the 2019 GLS. However, we do get to see that the all-new model appears to have longer rear quarter panels and third-row windows. This could mean the GLS will have better cabin space overall, especially for the ones seated at the third row.
It is expected that the 2019 GLS will be underpinned by the MHA platform. Compared to the current model, the all-new GLS will be significantly lighter. An array of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines could be available and can be specified in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The U.S. market could get six-cylinder gasoline and diesel-powered engines along with a hybrid version and an AMG-powered 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8.
Expect the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS to make its world debut sometime in 2019.