Mercedes GLS 2016: the 4 keys to the renewed Mercedes S-Class of SUVs

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Mercedes-Benz says goodbye to the GL emblem, which will now be renamed Mercedes-Benz GLS, in accordance with the renewed nomenclature, with an S that reminds us that this model will be the flagship of its SUV range. In any case, and although it is presented with a new name, we must remind you that we are not facing a generational change, or a new model, but rather a major update of the latest generation of the Mercedes GL. So this new Mercedes GLS 2016 It has been renewed, to a lesser or greater extent, in 4 key points that we detail below.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS is the facelift of the model that until now was marketed as Mercedes GL.

one. Design. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is still a huge SUV, 5.13 meters long and with room for seven passengers and their luggage. From doors to outside, its design has been slightly revised, in details such as its front grill, its fenders, its headlights, wheel designs, and so on. There are more chrome accents, and it will be presented with new styling packages – including a Sport line and a Night Package line – that will add even more style to a model that claims to be the S-Class of Mercedes-Benz SUVs.

It will also increase the range of customizations and exclusive details, which will reach their maximum splendor, obviously, with the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.


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two. Engine range. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS will have a range in which there will only be six and eight cylinder engines. It will start from a GLS 400 4MATIC – a 3.0 V6 – with 333 hp of power. Above there will be a GLS 550 4MATIC – V8 biturbo – with 455 hp, as an intermediate point towards a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 that reaches 585 hp (+28 hp compared to its predecessor. There will also be a GLS 350d 4MATIC – six-cylinder diesel – with 258 hp.

All versions will be equipped with automatic transmission (9G-TRONIC for all engines except the Mercedes-AMG) and four-wheel drive, with an optional reduction gear option.


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3. Inside. It is possible that the most important changes to this new Mercedes-Benz GLS are those that are appreciated inside. Although the design has not changed much either, to completely modernize its image, a detail as important as the integration of a new screen for the entertainment equipment, of the tablet type, that with 8 “stands on the dashboard is enough. This new equipment of Entertainment can be manipulated by means of a rotary and tactile interface, type touchpad, installed in the center console.

Mercedes-Benz has also revised its range of interior finishes to deepen, once again, the role of the Mercedes S-Class of SUVs to be played by the GLS.


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Four. Technology and driving aids. The Mercedes-Benz GLS will be available with a whole series of driving aids already presented in other models in the Mercedes-Benz range, such as the COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS package (to avoid accidents and mitigate their consequences), Crosswind Assist (to compensate crosswind), ATTENTION ASSIST (to avoid distractions or scares due to the driver’s drowsiness), DISTRONIC PLUS, etc.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS will also debut the LED Intelligent Light System and MAGIC VISION CONTROL, which uses an adaptive and heated windscreen wiper system to improve the cleaning of the front window.


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Reservations for the new Mercedes-Benz GLS will begin at the end of the year, with deliveries starting in 2016, probably with the arrival of spring.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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