2020 Mercedes GLS: New Photos Of Full-Size SUV Coming For BMW X7

The levy holding back the new Mercedes-Benz GLS seems to have cracked wide open, as new and higher-resolution pictures have surfaced since the weekend. Get a look at them in our updated gallery below. (Update 4/15/2019)

We had a pretty good idea of what the new Mercedes GLS will look like, thanks to some revealing shots of test cars spotted running around with minimal camo, but these images, courtesy of Almuraba and other sources, reveal the next big Benz in all of its production glory.

As expected, the new generation GLS looks like a pumped up version of the GLE, finally adopting the modern Mercedes design language. The company’s answer to the BMW X7 manages to mask its gargantuan footprint very well thanks to the company’s familiar clean curves and despite the squarer roof shape.

Compared to its more compact sibling, the new GLS features more healthy doses of chrome around the bodywork. The rear end adopts a similar but not the same treatment with the GLE as well, featuring slim LED tailights.

However, sharing stuff with the GLE isn’t over as the cabin of the GLS features the same dashboard design; this isn’t a bad thing necessarily, given how dated the interior of the previous model looked and how special the new design looks and feels, thanks to the twin-display setup and to the high-quality materials.

The interior will offer more space than ever, especially at the second row of seats. The wheelbase is now longer by 60mm (2.4 inches), at 3,137mm (123.5 inches), making it longer than the BMW X7’s 3,104mm (122.2 inches), according to Mercedes themselves.

Customers will be offered a wide range of powertrains to choose from, including the latest 48-volt mild-hybrid units and the straight-six engines found in the GLE. AMG versions will employ the familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. All models will feature a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes has also been working on an ultra-luxury Maybach version of the GLS. The most expensive member of the range will differentiate itself from lesser GLS models by featuring unique bumpers, wheels and front grille.

The new Mercedes GLS will be officially revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show on April 17, so stay tuned.

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  • Matthew Daraei

    Not bad, but X7 is better!

    • Aeromann

      Not really. 😉

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    the car will be cheaper than G-Class

  • Ary Wisesa

    Good looking. But I think BMW X7 looks fresher and more exciting.

    • salamOOn

      and more vulgar and chaotic.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Vulgar and chaotic in the M Sport guise yes, which caters to those who want that. The non-M Sport looks elegant and lux.

        • donald seymour

          You nailed it, you nailed it!

  • charlotteharry57

    The writer makes it sound like the GLS is a new model, which it isn’t. This actually looks more like a mid-cycle refresh than a new version.

    • driv3r

      Uh, really? First of all it is a completely new model on a new platform. Secondly its unmistakeably looking different to the current X166.

    • Finkployd

      New design, new interior, new engines, new platform, … sounds like a new model to me

    • Andrew

      It is an entirely new model.

    • salamOOn

      you clearly dont know how to use those terms…. for example 2020 volvo xc90 is a mid refresh, this is a completely new car.

  • dumblikeyou2

    It’s looks good, but then it doesn’t. Looks like the new interior design trend is over-sized vents flanking the instrument pod ala Mazda 3.

    • Bananarama

      Mercedes has been doing the stretched tablet speedo for years now. It’s not ripped from Mazda.

      • dumblikeyou2

        I said the vents, not the tablet and what Mazda has a stretched tablet?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Interior looks great

  • Elmediterraneo

    Expected line-up
    GLS 350d 4Matic : diesel 6 cylindrer 2.9 liter turbo 286 PS
    GLS 400d 4Matic : diesel 6 cylinder 2.9 liter twin-turbo 340 PS
    GLS 450 4Matic : mild-hybrid 6 cylinder 3.0 liter turbo 389 PS (367 + 22 from the ISG and 48V system)
    AMG GLS 53 4Matic+ : mild-hybrid 6 cylinder 3.0 liter turbo 457 PS (435 + 22 from the ISG and 48V system)
    Maybach GLS 600 4Matic : V8 4.0 liter twin-turbo 560 PS (type M176 series)
    AMG GLS 63 4Matic+ : V8 4.0 liter twin-turbo 612 PS with AMG sport exhaust system (type M177 series)
    Maybach GLS 680 4Matic : still not sure whether if its a hybrid version of the V8 type M176 or the very old V12
    AMG GLS 73 4Matic+ : a hybrid version of the AMG V8 type M177 with +700 PS at least of combined power

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Correct except the last two are pure fantasy. You lose credibility adding those silly “I’m a kid who wants more power” variants

    • Merc1

      GLS53 would be silly, it should just be the GLS500, just like the S500 is in Europe with the 429/435hp I6.

      M

  • Definitely better-looking than the X7! Although that’s a pretty low bar to clear.

  • TrvisXX

    that’s hot

  • salamOOn

    i like it more than x7 for sure, and even more than GLE. its simple (almost sculptural) form and shape is working even better here (than GLE).

    the only thing i dont like is that grille outside and those air vents inside.

    • donald seymour

      That’s what I like about the GLS. I but I believe that it will show a lot better in the flesh.

  • Nordschleife

    While it looks as expected the X7 conveys something a little more special imo. I am excited to see what changes the Maybach version will get.

    • lagunas3ca

      Swarovski crystals embedded into the headlights, big deal.

  • Rocket

    Easily the nicest of the German offerings.

  • no25

    Looks really good…but the rear end. Just doesn’t work for the GLS. Mercedes really isn’t trying to differentiate any of their models, are they?

  • BlackPegasus

    I prefer the X7 personally. The Mercedes interior is already looking dated imo. Those hvac vents look incredibly out of place.

    • Aelwyn

      My thoughts exactly. I was actually rooting for the GLS to be amazing, but this is sort of… a letdown. The exterior’s “fine,” but you’re right about the interior already looking dated.

  • Rahul Mandala

    We’ll have to see what Cadillac has in store for the Escalade. However, a voice inside is telling me that it’ll be nothing but another lackadaisical effort full of cost-cutting by GM as always. I say the Germans have a great grip in this segment and dare I even say, the Navigator and pretty much anything from Lincoln is more brilliant than anything Cadillac is putting out.

  • Ermal Morina

    It manages to be very elegant even though it’s a very big SUV, and the absence of sharp lines makes the design so effortless. The interior, can’t go wrong with that one too. Hyped to see what will they do with the Maybach and AMG versions. They’ve done it again, well done Merc.

  • C Noi

    Nicely done

  • An Existing Person

    Everything looks great inside and out, but my only gripe is with the tailights. Who at Mercedes allows that design to pass, not only on this but on the CLS as well. They look out of place.

  • Maykel

    Yep. Just a stretched GLE, inside and out. They are even trying.

    • Hitchens2

      That’s always what the GL/GLS has been. X7 is the exact same, a stretched X5

      • Maykel

        Right. Their Russian doll design theme. My bad, I thought they could add a little bit of creativity here and there.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Looks good, a clear competitor to the X7. BUT…that interior is not it. No third row sunroof ro climate controls – X7 has 6 Zone climate.

    Either way the real worry is for the Navigator and upcoming Escalade.

    • Chris Ako

      the x7 has 5 zone climate control plus looking at cadillac recent designs i dont think it will be better than the navigator, gls, or x7

  • Kagan

    Thought it would not be as bad as x7 but maybe it is!

  • StrangerGP

    Awful taillights, even the BMW inspired ones from the previous generation were better.

  • Bash

    I see what you saying man, I guess different people make different choices . I just love that new dash of the GLS.

  • ZYGIUS

    Big disappointment… Where that promised S class of SUV? Its not in the same level off current S class with that GLE interior and bold exterior, not mentioning new S flagship is coming…

    • Aeromann

      You should wait for the Maybach SUV

  • DJ

    Another unreliable planet assault vehicle from Mercedes. Perfect for blonde skinny trophy wives to drive to hot yoga in. Lots of comments about looks, nothing about how it will break down at 40,000 miles like all of the previous versions did. Sad they couldn’t bother building an electric version that I would think about buying. Here’s to continuing to buy oil to fund Middle East terror for another 10 years.

    • Matt

      Mercedes aren’t building EV variants of their standard range, that’s what the EQ brand is for.

      • Jason Panamera

        Next gen of S class will be fist one if I am not wrong. I mean It won’t be exactly the same but will share a lot.

        • Matt

          Well technically all EQ vehicles initially will be ‘based’ off their ICE counterparts, as far as platform and structure. However they will all get unique sheet metal and interiors.

  • E G

    What an abomination! Gigantic HVAC interior vents that look like just fillers, weirdly proportioned tail lights, identical quad vents that are ugly and occupy the most accessible center dashboard space, and most of all a 70+ grand SUV that looks like stretched out cheap GLE. Clearly GLS had a cosmetic surgery gone wrong, really wrong…

    • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

      your opinion is vile.

      • E G

        Your opinion of “Both looks good” not only lacks substance but is actually grammatically incorrect.

        • lagunas3ca

          +1

        • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

          Says the moron that got butthurt over a comment. LOL

          • E G

            Let’s keep the discussion civil and not resort to name calling like a little kid. Try to stay on topic instead of trolling on discussion boards. In case you haven’t noticed, nobody responded to anything you wrote because nobody is interested in your trolls. I will stop responding to you as well now, but I do hope you take my advice because it will help make you a better person.

          • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

            Looks like someone is hurt. LOL you need to put on your boxers for once and be a man, not a woman.

    • Maykel

      They aren’t even trying. Just another Russian doll from. Mercedes.

  • Looks brutish and rough. The X7 is the new King of the Hill.

    • Jason Panamera

      Sales of both models will tell us which will be the new King of the Hill.

      • The GLS will sell well with the Russian Mafia.

  • getoffme

    The X7 looks a lot better than this junk. LOL

    • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

      Both looks good.

      • Kagan

        Both looks garbage.

        • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

          Sorry, it seems you can’t afford one, i guess.

        • Matt

          You seem to hate everything though… I’ve never seen you post anything complimentary of any vehicle.

          • Aeromann

            Yes that’s true! 😂

  • getoffme

    Chevy is no match.

  • Alx

    that rear is most unfortunate.

    • exeptor

      And based on the spy shots of the next S class it looks like that it will receive similar design … which is quite unfortunate indeed.

  • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

    The commentors on this site is viler than the commentors on youtube

  • alex.remsen

    I would rather have the Lincoln Navigator. Best in class hands down

  • SteersUright

    Looks decent, though a bit bland. The shape of the headlights looks especially bad. Interior is nice. Exterior needs more elegance and better design. Every MB these days looks like some sort of bland, stretched egg.

  • nastinupe

    Looks better than the X7, still not as nice as the Escalade.

    1) Escalade
    2) GLS
    3) Navigator
    4) QX80
    5) X7

    I wonder when the VW group will make a true large SUV, because the Q7 isn’t it.

    • TheBelltower

      On what planet would the Escalade or Infinti Q be considered attractive? They are the two most Canyonero-looking SUVs on the market.

      • SetNick

        One could say the answer to your question is someone that appreciates the traditional “box” design. Definitely not an early adopter for design changes. Personally, all the bubbly amalgamation’s between traditional cars and SUVs are ugly. Give me a somewhat boxy design. If I want a people and stuff mover, I will just get a wagon. That is what most people should do anyway. But who am I? Just a nobody with 20 yrs. as an automotive financial analyst for the “box” makers. Intelligence yet no snarky.

        ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Me

        • TheBelltower

          I can appreciate your insights. I’m only someone who spends hours in an Escalade car service every month. I also have nearly 25 years of experience studying the luxury industry and what compels luxury buyers to part with their money. The Escalade is nice to be driven around in, but the luxury veneer is a silly caricature of “rich people stuff.” Kind of like a McMansion with concrete lions at the end of the driveway. “Affluent” buyers consider the Escalade to be impressive. But “wealthy” or “rich” buyers do not. The issue with the Escalade has nothing to do with boxy vs. bubbly. A Range Rover is boxy and gorgeous with details that reinforce that your money was well spent, even if the real quality of the vehicle doesn’t. In my personal and not professional opinion, the front end of the Cadillac is totally unbalanced in a way that can be described as “Down syndrome.” Up close, the absurdly proportioned grille is clearly worth about $10. The rear end lighting is dramatic, but it’s all clunky and unrefined. The cut lines of the tailgate/taillights/bumper are a jumbled mess. The hard metal bits that make up the basis of the truck, I have no issue with. It’s the Cadillac branding plastic that was poorly grafted onto the generic vehicle. For the money, the Escalade isn’t good enough and doesn’t enhance the brand at all.

          • SetNick

            I couldn’t agree with your insight either sir. I just love the suspension. I’m a fan of the Magnetic Ride Control. And it feels brutish. I know there are more worthy of being called that. But here in Texas, Escalades are everywhere…and cheap. But there are better choices. Plus, for me, I’d rather a wagon. Care for an offline chat? One Auto Aficionado to another?

      • nastinupe
        • Merc1

          Yeah because you’re blind and you’re using the most basic photo of the GLS you can find.

          M

          • nastinupe

            I used a photo from this link. Blame Mercedes for posting the pic, not me.

          • Aeromann

            Yes. It’s not fair..

        • Matt

          Mercedes every time. The Escalade’s awkward proportions (massively tall front and almost postbox-size windscreen by comparison) are due to the limitations placed on it because it’s a body-on-frame construction.

          The monocoque of the GLS means they can get the fundamental proportions right.

    • Merc1

      What? Escalade? Are you are nuts or blind? That warmed over Chevy is overpriced trash.

      M

      • nastinupe

        I can only compare looks, since I haven’t driven any of these vehicles.

        • Merc1

          Terrible comparison, the GLS will walk all over the Chevy in leather.

          M

    • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT 🤴🏻

      Stay off the crackpipe boy.

    • Nick

      Lol, the Escalade is nothing more than a $25,000+ appearance package.

    • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Navigator number 3? In what lifetime? The Navigator outclasses this bum Mercedes-Benz GLS Built in ALABAMA!

  • TheBelltower

    The point of Mercedes wagons have never been to make massive style statements. They are supposed to look purposeful, smart, and sit nicely in front of a stately home. To me, this probably achieves that perfectly.

    • Aeromann

      Exactly my thoughts.

  • enthusia

    -said no one… EVER…

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    How can people be attracted to the vulgar X7? Nothing is nice about that monstrosity.

    This looks better in every single regard…

    • Bash

      Totally agree

      • Aeromann

        Me too.

        • Day_Trader

          Me not.

          • Aeromann

            Noone is perfect. 😉

    • GobbleUp

      Agree

  • ZYGIUS

    Now Lexus LX and Infiniti QX80 looks really nice…

  • botornot387

    ho-hum. X7 looks way better.

  • Karl

    The new X7 blows this bloated monstrosity out of the water. This is a really uninspired redesign..

  • DaruniaG

    Looks really boring…

    That being said, I don´t like any car in this segment

  • Enter Ranting

    They still have the giant fake grilles, but the designers haven’t figured out how the hood meets the top of the headlights or the main grille surround. And that stretched iPad looks like a cheap afterthought.

  • DM

    It definitely has a minimalist design compared to the X7. I like it, it looks athletic and modern without trying too hard.

  • Katnip Everlean

    With their renaming of the SUV lineup, this should be a taller version of the S class, yet, the X7’s rear captain’s chairs look far more luxurious. These look like they came from the back of a Dodge Grand Caravan.

  • MarketAndChurch

    The one in white is gorgeous.

    • donald seymour

      It really is Mark. It actually made me eat my own words up. The white one shows the very masculine proportions off. But for some reason or another the dark greenish one shows ill proportions with an awkward backside quarter sloping off to front. I guess the white casted the shadows a lot better.

      • MarketAndChurch

        No worries man, Lincoln is a far worse offender in having press release photos make their products look even worse than they actually are in video or under better lit environments. I almost think that they do it on purpose to play with peoples hopes, only to impress them afterwards when we see the full release.

  • Maykel

    Must be difficult to be a German car designer these days. Copy and paste, enlarge or shrink.

    • Kagan

      or easy!

  • Elmediterraneo

    What BMW does with the X7 : available with the V8 as a 50i model only in the US and says that an X7 M doesn’t make sense or there is no demand for it…
    What Mercedes does with the GLS : we already know instinctively that it will be available worldwide with an AMG GLS 63 version without even questioning ourselves about it.

  • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It doesn’t have nothing on the Lincoln Navigator and I would still choose a Cadillac Escalade over this mess. And I will defend and destroy anyone who comes in my path.

  • WalthamDan

    Great design. MB returns to form

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