Scoop: A New Mercedes-Benz GLS Is Coming To Rival The BMW X7

The next-generation Mercedes GLS has been spied undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden.

Dressed in heavy camouflage, the redesigned crossover doesn’t reveal much but the photos show the GLS will have a massive grille and LED headlights. Additional styling details are hard to make out but it appears the model will have more curvaceous bodywork and pronounced fender flares.

The model’s relatively flat roof carries over but this isn’t a bad thing as it should provide plenty of headroom, especially for third-row passengers.

Speaking of the interior, we can expect major changes as the GLS will undoubtedly adopt higher quality materials and modern technology. Nothing is official but we wouldn’t be surprised if the crossover can be equipped with two 12.3-inch displays and an assortment of advanced driver assistance features.

Little else is known about the model but it will reportedly ride on the MHA platform which will also be used on the new GLE. The platform should enable the GLS to be significantly lighter than its predecessor and this is a good thing as the GLS 450 has a curb weight of 5,335 lbs (2,419 kg).

Engine options remain unconfirmed but the GLS will likely be offered with six- and eight-cylinder options. A plug-in hybrid variant is also likely and we can expect to see a high-performance AMG model with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.

The redesigned Mercedes GLS is expected to debut in 2019 and it will have some pretty big shoes to fill as Carsalesbase data shows the current model recently celebrated its fourth consecutive year of growing sales. However, it could be challenging to keep that momentum going as the crossover will face stiff competition from the all-new BMW X7.

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  • Elmediterraneo

    GLS 350d : Inline 3.0 liter Turbo Diesel 286 hp
    GLS 400d : Inline 3.0 liter Biturbo Diesel 340 hp
    GLS 450 : Inline 6 3.0 liter Biturbo Petrol 367 hp
    GLS 500 : Inline 6 3.0 liter Biturbo Petrol 435 hp
    GLS 560 : V8 4.0 liter Biturbo Petrol 476 hp
    Maybach GLS 560 : V8 4.0 liter Biturbo Petrol 476 hp
    AMG GLS 63 : V8 4.0 liter Biturbo Petrol 612 hp

    • Merc1

      Where are you getting that from? The U.S. market won’t get that many models of course.

      I would bet money on GLS650 Maybach with a V12 also. I wish the U.S. market would get the GLS400d too. I see the GLS450 and GLS560 for us and then the GLS650 and GLS63.


      • ScubaScuba

        It’d be called the GLS680 Maybach

  • It will look like a larger GLC…

    • no25

      no, the GLE will look like a larger GLC, and the GLS will look like a larger GLE. lol smh all mercedes models look TOO much the same nowadays.

      • All the same.. the GLC debuted the new body style which is why I said that…

        • no25

          you obviously didn’t understand what I meant, so never mind. Learn how to use an ellipse properly.

          • It was used correctly…since you will be the grammar [email protected], I will point out that your analogy is incorrect…we do not know what the new GLE will look like, the spy shot model is too heavily camouflaged to determine that…my analogy is grammatically and factually correct because it’s based on what we know…then there’s that…cheers…

  • no25

    Size looks wrong to me. Looks like the GLE. *BUT* I did look the GLE spy shots up, and this is definitely not it, so yes, I am wrong. I still feel it’s shrinking a little, though.

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