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.