2019 Mercedes GLS: Luxurious, High Tech And Big Enough For Seven

Judging by the fact that we don’t see a Panamericana grille, this prototype is most likely a regular version of Mercedes‘ upcoming GLS SUV, and not the flagship GLS 63.

Still, this being a Mercedes-Benz SUV and not an Escalade or a Land Cruiser, customers generally expect to be able to have their cake and eat it too, hence the Stuttgart-based carmaker taking it out on the Nurburgring in an attempt to get all the driving dynamics just right.

Besides, BMW is doing the same with their full-size X7, so the GLS can’t afford to fall behind in any way. So assuming the new GLS drives as well as can be expected, focusing on its styling, build-quality and performance should be what follows, quite possibly in that exact order.

What we mean is that future GLS customers will undoubtedly look at the car’s imposing size and appearance, before trying it out to see how comfortable and practical it is. This is where the flexible MHA platform comes in, which will also be used on the new GLE. As you can imagine, making the GLS lighter on its feet is definitely a good idea.

High Class, High Tech

Since the GLS is basically supposed to be the S-Class of SUVs, stepping behind the wheel of the all-new model should reveal exquisite materials throughout the cabin, as well as access to some of today’s most modern and sophisticated systems. Also, features such as a full length instrument panel with two 12.3-inch displays could very well be sure things. It will have seating for seven passengers in three tows of seats (2+3+2).

Powering the new-generation GLS should be a range of six and eight-cylinder units, joined later on by an electrified powertrain and, of course, something twin turbocharged from AMG as well.

As for when we can expect to see it in showrooms, probably not before 2019.

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  • Nordschleife

    I don’t know why but I really want this to look like the EnerG Force concept from a few years ago since they were to chicken to make the G class look like it.

    • Merc1

      They were Smart not to look like that.

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      • Nordschleife

        Well it goes with out saying that I disagree but I’ll say it anyway. I disagree.

    • PK

      eww no! why would mercedes go with that direction? they’re not stupid.

      • Nordschleife

        The same reason they created the truck. They liked the design and so do I. There was nothing wrong with the design of that truck. It was masculine and very rugged. Properly toned down for production it would been fine and while you feel that way the GLE hasn’t been shown yet so there is still a chance that aspects of that design may still show up in these models. Carmakers shouldn’t be afraid to push the envelope on iconic models because the same way they were iconic when first created is the same way a new generation of people may find something you don’t personally like become iconic to them.

  • TrevP

    I’m going to like this more than the X7 I think

    • PK

      i agree. especially the term of the new interior design. bmw x7 interior still looks like any other bimmer. too dull, boring and outdated.

      • Kingsley Mpofu

        Feel like they are holding back because of the Rolls Royce Truck

        • Ermal Morina

          Well if that’s the case,feel bad for them.

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