Orders books for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS have been opened in Europe where, initially, the “S-Class among SUVs” will be offered in diesel form only.
Sitting at the base of the range will be the Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 d 4MATIC, powered by a 2.9-liter inline-six turbo diesel with 282 hp and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. It requires 7-seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph), runs through to a top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph) and consumes between 7.6- and 7.9-liters of fuel per 100 km, while combined CO2 emissions sit between 200 and 208 grams/km. Prices for the GLS 350 d 4MATIC start at 85,923 euros ($96,412).
As for the second model in the range, it is the GLS 400 d 4MATIC. It uses the same 2.9-liter inline-six as the 350 d, but with 325 hp and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. Fuel consumption is identical to the GLS 350d 4MATIC, but the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 6.3 seconds and max speed is 238 km/h (148 mph) top speed. The range-topping, for now, GLS starts at 90,386 euros ($101,421).
All 2020 GLS models sold in Europe come as standard in a seven-seat configuration with a bench seat in the middle row and two additional seats at the rear. Customers have the option of making the GLS a six-seater by ditching the middle bench in favor of two large individual seats.
To ensure passengers remain comfortable at all times, the new full-size luxury SUV can be optioned with the 2,118 euro ($2,376) Rear Comfort Package Plus that consists of an extended center console with cup holders, luxury head restraints, adjustable side bolsters, and a luxury armrest for the second seat row.
Other interior options aimed at improving comfort include rear multi-contour seats with massage functions, seat heating for the second and third row, seat climate control in the second row and temperature-controlled cup holders. Additionally, there is the MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment package, which adds two 11.6-inch touchscreen displays to the second row and costs 2,796 euros ($3,136).
The options list doesn’t stop there. For example, the GLS can be equipped with the 4,742 euro ($,5320) Energizing Package Plus which adds multi-contour seats for the driver and front passenger with massage functions. Additionally, the package includes air balancing to fragrance, ionize, and purify air in the cabin. Further options include the Acoustic Comfort package, Off-Road Engineering package, E-Active Body Control, and Driving Assistance Package Plus.
As for the exterior, the new GLS can be outfitted with the 4,284 euro ($4,806) AMG Line pack that adds a new front apron, rear apron, fender flares and twin-spoke alloy wheels.
Deliveries of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will commence before the end of the year.