The last time we saw a 2019 Mercedes GLS prototype, it was wearing heavy protective cladding over its front fascia, as well an improvised set of taillights to mask the production-ready ones.
Now, we’re happy to show you what the new GLS looks like without anything stuck on top of its natural form factor. At the same time, this marks the first occasion in which we get to see the cutouts of the new model’s headlights and taillights.
Hard to miss exterior design elements include the massive grille, LED headlights, curvaceous styling and pronounced fenders. The taillights look somewhat different than the ones on the all-new GLE, these ones possibly having a more rectangular design with rounded off edges.
Also, some of these prototypes appear to be wearing an AMG styling package, with one of them even rocking a set of massive black AMG wheels. Overall, the all-new GLS will likely be larger than its predecessor, yet also lighter, thanks to the German automaker’s MHA architecture.
The S-Class of SUVs
If you were to take a seat inside a well spec’d all-new GLS, it will probably feel as though you’re in an S-Class, at least when it comes to quality. Mercedes reportedly intends for the GLS to step up its “luxury game” and also be among the most technologically-advanced full-size SUVs in its segment.
With that in mind, expect it to come with two 12.3-inch displays, a new steering wheel (probably the same one as on the new G-Class), ambient lighting, the new MBUX infotainment system, plus a wide array of driver assistance systems that will keep you safe and even take driving responsibilities away from you, under certain circumstances.
Engine options should include both six and eight-cylinder units, with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant also likely. The flagship AMG model will probably feature a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, instead of the current model’s 5.5-liter engine, which means power output could grow from 585 PS (577 HP) to 612 PS (603 HP).
The all-new 2019 Mercedes GLS is likely to arrive in dealerships sometime next year, with the BMW X7 and the Range Rover in its sight.