2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Gets More Exclusive With New Grand Edition

Mercedes will reveal a new version of the GLS called the Grand Edition at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show next week, adding more exclusivity to its full-size SUV.

Following its debut in Europe, the new Grand Edition will feature a luxurious interior with exclusive components. This includes a Porcelain / Espresso Brown and designo Nappa leather seats with exclusive diamond quilting and special Budapest-design piping.

Other features include an open-pore brown ash trim with light stripes and a Nappa leather dashboard, as well as standard ambient lighting and Espresso Brown velour floor mats.

The exterior features a set of 20-inch two-tone wheels as well as Mercedes’ LED Intelligent lights on the GLS450, with the more expensive GLS550 getting a set of 21-inch wheels and active LED headlights.

The GLS450 models are powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 362hp and 369 lb-ft of torque while the GLS550 uses a 4.7-liter V8 with 449hp and 516lb-ft of torque.

The new Mercedes GLS Grand Edition will premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with sales to begin by mid-2018.


  • Sam

    for a hyper-luxurious model, they need to have the seats farther back for more legroom. I can imagine a nice reclining chair with suede inserts and stuff. but seriously, what matters the most would be the AMG model with a beautiful exhaust sound

  • Victor Ferreira

    These need an update desperately. Design-wise, it’s essentially still a facelifted GL from 2010. It’s hopelessly out of date when compared to a Q7. Same goes for the GLE.

    • NissLover

      This is why I don’t understand people harping on the QX80… Though I know it’s tech is behind the curve, but this the QX80 and the LX are all about the same age and have been refreshed multiple times each… This is just a slow moving class when it comes to complete redesigns… only the Escalade has stayed somewhat fresh.

      • Victor Ferreira

        I guess it has to do with sales not slowing. The new LX looks fantastic, but IIRC the underpinnings are still somewhat archaic if compared to the newest tech. The QX80 is on the same boat as this, as is the Armada… I’m honestly surprised that MB chose to update the G-Class *before* updating the GLE/GLS.

        • NissLover

          The LX/Land Cruiser actually has the QX/Patrol/Armada beat by 2 years. The Toyota twins were all new for the 2008MY. QX/Patrol were all new for the 2010MY. The GL… was new for the 2007MY! I just realized that thanks to Google. The refreshes for the GL and LX have admittedly been more extensive than the most recent one of the QX, but the majority of this class is riding on old bones…

      • Erzhik

        Those buyers don’t care about the looks, tech or car themselves. They return the lease, get a new one and out of the door in 10 minutes.

        • NissLover

          This is probably true.

      • Wayne Hughes

        Yah that neet handshaker column shifter is really with it.

  • Bash

    It’s the Same thing!

  • TheBelltower

    I like the GLS, but these “exclusive components” look like worthless trinkets.

  • BGM

    Has anyone in the history of humanity dialed a phone from the dashboard buttons? Why does MB insist in putting those buttons there, even in a brand new model?

  • SteersUright

    This thing doesn’t just look seriously outdated, it also doesn’t even look like a premium luxury offering worthy of an MB badge. Rather, its bland, generic, and could be anyone’s SUV if you took the 3-pointed star off of it.

  • Mergio Sarchionne

    a grand edition ? they are price-cutting very heavily arent they

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