The new Mercedes GLS seven-seater SUV has actually been spotted testing in a camouflage wrap and body mouldings created to hide the information of the car. It’ll be bigger yet lighter than the current car, with a luxurious interior and hybrid power.
Despite the camouflage disguise, it’s clear that the aging GLS has actually been entirely upgraded. The headlights are slimmer and the grille is even bigger than the present model’s, giving it even more presence. These spy shots make the brand-new GLS look lower than the outbound model, but it’ll be longer and just as wide. Through the camouflage a few sharp body creases are visible, however otherwise the bodywork will be smoother and cleaner than the boxy current car. At the rear, the boot opening looks larger and the brake lights get the same slimline treatment as those at the front of the car.
With the GLS targeting at luxurious rivals such as the Range Rover and soon-to-be-revealed BMW X7, the interior will feel extremely superior. It’ll be really similar to the interior of Mercedes’ flagship S-Class model, with a tidy, luxurious design and lots of soft-touch products, quilted leather seats and the futuristic dual-screen setup set to be presented across the range.
It’ll feature the extremely latest technology including self-driving capability, automobile emergency braking and gesture control. The infotainment screen will be quick to load and will have super-sharp graphics, and a 24/7 concierge service could also be offered to handle a customer’s individual requirements. The leather seats will be ventilated and heated up and massage functions are sure to be an alternative.
The next GLS will be somewhat longer than the present car, in spite of bus-like proportions already. The additional couple of millimetres in length, combined with an entirely new platform, ought to indicate it has significantly more area in the very first, second and 3rd rows.
The brand-new platform is likewise much lighter than the current model, spelling enhancements in fuel economy, managing and velocity. That said, it certainly will not be a featherweight, and these photos recommend a lot of body lean– to be anticipated in such a large car.
Four-wheel-drive will be standard, and there’ll be one diesel and one petrol choice– a 3.0-litre diesel V6 and a stonking V8-powered AMG GLS 63 model. Both will see enhancements in fuel economy (although the AMG 63 will still cost a fortune to run) and performance, with the AMG 63 set to produce more than 600hp. There’ll likewise be a plug-in hybrid version that should manage around 20 miles of quiet electric-only running.
Judging by these images, a production version is a reasonable method off yet. Expect it to go on sale in 2019, with rates starting from around ₤ 75,000 and increasing to nearly ₤ 120,000 for the AMG model. The GLS is likewise anticipated to obtain a super-posh version by Mercedes’ high-end brand, Maybach, to compete versus the Bentley Bentayga and long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography. With a few alternatives ticked, that might well cost almost ₤ 200,000.