The first models of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS are available for ordering now in the guise of the GLS 350 d 4MATIC and the GLS 400 d 4MATIC. Prices start at € 85,923.95 and € 90,386.45 respectively. The two six-cylinder in-line diesel engines have an output of 210 kW (286 hp) and 243 kW (330 hp) respectively. In both versions, the engine already complies with the Euro 6d standard (RDE/Real Driving Emissions Step 2) even in demanding driving situations. This is made possible by various measures, including an additional selective catalytic reduction (SCR) converter with an ammonia slip catalyst (ASC) in the exhaust gas system. The new GLS will arrive in the showrooms by the end of the year.
As the S-Class among SUVs, the new Mercedes-Benz GLS offers more of everything: more space, more comfort, more luxury. The air of supreme confidence emanating from its exterior stems from its impressive dimensions, which have grown slightly in comparison to its predecessor (length +77 mm, width +22 mm). Its general spaciousness, especially in the second seat row, benefits from the 60 mm longer wheelbase. The three rows of seats offer ample space and seating comfort for all passengers. The seats in the third row can be lowered into the floor to increase the boot space (up to 2400 litres), while the seats in the second row fold flat. Furthermore, a six-seater variant with two luxury individual rear seats in the second seat row is available for the first time.
Design & equipment lines and packages: plenty of scope for individualisation
The sporty equipment of the AMG Line (€ 4284) comprises AMG bodystyling (consisting of AMG front apron, wing flares at front and rear, AMG rear apron), 53.3 cm (21-inch) AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in tantalite grey and featuring a high-sheen finish, and a sports brake system with perforated brake disks at the front and brake calliper covers featuring “Mercedes-Benz” lettering. Interior features are a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section, AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs and AMG floor mats in black velour with “AMG” lettering.
With the EXCLUSIVE interior (€ 803.25) the bottom part of the instrument panel and the beltlines come in ARTICO man-made leather. The trim elements, including roller cover for cup holder, are made of wood. The scope of equipment and appointments further includes airbag covers in nappa leather, stainless steel speaker grilles and velour floor mats.
Special equipment for the rear: comfort for up to seven seats
In Europe the GLS comes as standard as a seven-seater with a bench seat in the second seat row and two individual seats at the rear for people of up to 1.94 m (6′ 4″) in height. Optionally, two luxury individual seatswith adjustable armrests can be installed in the middle row at no additional charge. These full-size individual seats offer more space and comfort and easier access through to the third seat row, for example when child seats are fitted in the second row.
Luxury in the new GLS is shared generously among all passengers, All the more so when the Rear Comfort package Plus (€ 2118.20) is ordered. This comprises an extended centre console with cup holders, luxury head restraints with adjustable side bolsters and a luxury armrest for the second seat row. This armrest accommodates the so-called MBUX rear tablet – a 7-inch Android tablet. Integrated in the centre armrest, the removable tablet enables numerous MBUX comfort and entertainment functions to be operated from the rear seat rows.
THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control in the rear with five climate zones (€ 821.10) allows individual climate control for passengers in the third seat row, too. The extended scope of equipment comprises a dedicated air-conditioning unit, two heating elements for the footwell of the third seat row and additional air outlets in the two rear rows.
Further options for the rear are multicontour seats with massage function and seat climate control (€ 2618) in the second seat row, seat heating for the second and third seat rows (€ 428.40 each), seat climate control in the second row with three-stage seat ventilation and seat heating (€ 1309) and temperature-controlled cup holders (€ 249.00).
MBUX: many functions on board as standard
The GLS is equipped with the latest generation of the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Two large 12.3-inch//31.2 cm screens and extended MBUX functions feature as standard. These extended functions include personalisation (profiles) and predictive functions, LINGUATRONIC with natural speech capability (activated via “Hey Mercedes”), WiFi hotspot and internet radio.
The MBUX Innovation package (€ 1439.90) with MBUX Interior Assistant, head-up display and MBUX augmented reality for navigation broadens the scope of operating options. The MBUX Interior Assistant registers the movements of the driver’s and front passenger’s hands and arms by means of a camera in the overhead control panel. When a hand approaches the touchscreen or the touchpad on the centre console, the presentation of information on the media display alters. Individual elements may be highlighted, for example.
With MBUX augmented reality for navigation, a video image taken by the front camera is augmented with useful navigation information. Indicator arrows or house numbers are automatically superimposed on the image shown on the media display touchscreen, for example.
MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment (€ 2796.50) comprises two 11.6-inch touchscreens that allow passengers in the second row to enjoy movies or music, use the integrated web browser, or call up and input trip information. Each screen displays the content selected by the individual user. In addition to the options offered by the MBUX infotainment system, users can also play their own media from a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. If the GLS is equipped with the optional MBUX rear tablet, this can also be used to control the MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment System.
ENERGIZING comfort control: more wellness, more vitality
The GLS is available with the ENERGIZING package (€ 398.65), which links various comfort systems in the vehicle. In general, the ENERGIZING comfort control systematically uses the functions of the air conditioning system and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage) as well as lighting and musical moods, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and needs of the customer.
The ENERGIZING package Plus (€ 4742.15) features additional ENERGIZING programmes and multicontour seats for driver and front passenger with massage function, climate-controlled seats for driver and front passenger with seat heaters and seat ventilation, AIR BALANCE package for fragrancing, ionising and purifying the air and ambient lighting with programme-specific light moods. The ENERGIZING package Plus further includes the ENERGIZING COACH, which offers individual recommendations. With a suitable Garmin wearable, such as the Mercedes-Benz vivoactive 3 smart watch, these recommendations can be tailored more precisely to individual needs by incorporating personal data such as stress level or sleep quality.
Technical features: assistance on- and off-road
The GLS takes a further step toward autonomous driving with the Driving Assistance Package (€ 2296.70). This provides support as the situation requires for adjusting speed, steering, changing lanes and even when there is a risk of collision. Components include Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Speed Limit Assist, extended automatic restart on motorways, speed adjustment based on the route with End of Traffic Jam Function, Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Emergency Lane Function; Active Brake Assist, Cornering and Cross-Traffic Function, End of Traffic Jam Emergency Brake Function, Evasive Steering Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Exit Warning Function; PRE-SAFE® PLUS and Traffic Sign Assist.
The Driving Assistance Package Plus (€ 2891.70) offers the highest degree of comfort and safety. It additionally contains Stop-and-Go Assist, which provides support when driving in traffic, while in cases of side collisions PRE-SAFE Impulse Side can offer additional protection.
The GLS comes with the enhanced AIRMATIC air suspension system with Adaptive Damping System Plus fitted as standard. This incorporates a new car wash function, which enables the car to be prepared for entry into a car wash with a simple push of a button.
E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL (€ 7735) offers a synthesis of comfort, precision and dynamism combined with unique off-road features These include the fully active, electro-hydraulic suspension on a 48-volt basis; four DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes including recovery mode, and depending on other equipment, ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the three-stage CURVE inclination function. In the Engineering package (€ 10,710), E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL is combined with a high-performance brake system at the front sporting “Mercedes-Benz” lettering.
In the Off-Road Engineering package (€ 2261) a fully variable all-wheel drive operates in conjunction with a low-range gearset. An animation of the driving situation can be called up on the media display. The realistic presentation of gradient, inclination angle and technical settings helps the driver to judge off-road manoeuvres correctly. The package also includes an underride guard for the entire underbody.
The trailer hitch (1,142.40 euro) is electrically foldable and retractable. Trailer Manoeuvring Assist (€ 416.50) provides support when reversing with a car/trailer combination.
The adaptive windscreen wiper system MAGIC VISION CONTROL (€ 464.10) ensures clear visibility even when the windscreen wiper is in operation. Heated channel flows integrated into the windscreen wipers are used. These spray the cleaning fluid onto the windscreen right in front of the heated wiper blades.
The Acoustic Comfort package (€ 1428) provides for a quieter interior. It comprises laminated safety glass with infrared-reflective film for the windscreen, laminated safety glass with infrared-absorbing film for the side windows and additional sound insulation measures.
Source: Daimler AG