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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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The third-generation GLS comes to tackle the BMW X7

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS represents the third generation of the company’s already iconic SUV. Introduced at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it offers more space, more comfort, and more luxury while retaining a familiar face. The GLS arrives to take on the BMW X7, the company’s first foray in the full-size SUV market, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Cadillac Escalade.

The GLS adopts Mercedes’ latest styling language, seen most recently on the smaller GLE crossover. The exterior has smoother surfaces and sportier fascias, while the interior borrows from the S-Class sedan but features a few unique cues as well. Under the hood, the GLS retains its two-engine lineup with V-6 and V-8 offerings for the U.S. market, but both units are paired to 48-volt mild hybrid systems.

 

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

New platform and 4.0-liter V-8 engine with more than 600 horsepower

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 is an upcoming high-performance version of the third-generation GLS. Just like its predecessor, the AMG-prepped GLS boasts a sportier exterior, unique features inside the cabin, and a more powerful drivetrain built around a turbocharged V-8 engine. The AMG-tuned mill cranks out 603 horsepower, which makes one of the most powerful premium SUVs on the market. While the standard GLS has plenty of competition to go against, including the BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator, the AMG version is almost alone on the market. The Range Rover is the only SUV available with a high-performance drivetrain, and it will remain the only option until BMW launches an M version of the X7. From this standpoint, the 2021 AMG GLS 63 is a unique full-size SUV on the market and enables Mercedes-Benz to continue to dominate the niche in the high-performance realm. Let’s see what the new AMG GLS 63 has in store for us.

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2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

Mercedes’ most luxurious SUV ever sports a Maybach badge

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS is the range-topping version of the third-generation SUV, launched in 2019 for the 2020 model year. It’s the second Maybach SUV ever built after the 2018 G650 Landaulet, but the first one that’s not a limited-edition vehicle. Inspired by the Maybach S-Class,, the 2021 Maybach GLS is a fancied up GLS with extra luxury features, exclusive appointments, and a unique drivetrain. Performance-wise, it slots between the GLS 580 and the AMG GLS 63 S., And just like the rest of the lineup, its gasoline engine works in conjunction with a 48-volt EQ Boost system. Let’s find out more about this luxurious hauler in the review below.

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2020 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Picture Gallery

2020 Mercedes-Maybach GLS Picture Gallery

The Mercedes GLS now has a hotter, sexier sister that wears a Maybach badge and a whole lot of model-exclusive features. Naturally, the interior is the epitome of luxury, ranking up there with the best of the best, but the exterior has been updated to make it stand out in the GLS lineup as well. This includes the two-tone exterior finish, the massive chrome grille, and the cheese grater-like insert in the front fascia. That part we can’t really get onboard with but the rest of it looks amazing.

Under the hood sits an AMG-sourced V-8 that’s paired with a 48-volt electrical system and EQ boost. The engine alone delivers 558 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque while the EQ Boost function pumps out another 22 ponies and 184 pound-feet. So, despite the lack of the usual V-12 engine, this Maybach will get you to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds but will top out at 155 mph when the electronic governor kicks in. Sales for this luxrious people mover kicks off in the second half of 2020 and pricing is expect to start out north of the $200,000 mark.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ Picture Gallery

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC+ Picture Gallery

Mercedes presented the updated, 2021 AMG GLS 63 at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, and with it comes a new look, more power, and some extra tech goodies. Like the GLE 63, the GLS 63 features a 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 602 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. With the EQ Boost starter-generator, that amounts to an extra 21 ponies and 184 pound-feet of torque. An updated air suspension system keeps things smooth on the road while a nine-speed automatic shunts all that power to the 4Matic+ AWD system with variable torque distribution. This system, by the way, can actually distribute as much as 100-percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels or distribute it evenly between the front and rear as needed for optimal traction.

The smaller GLE 63 Is actually quicker to get up to speed at 3.7 seconds to 60 mph, but the GLS 63 isn’t exactly a slouch either, managing to make the same sprint to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

The exterior of the 2021 model is emphasized by the updated and larger Panamerican-like front grille and the new quad exhaust layout in the rear. The wheel arches have been flared as well, while the front air intakes up from have grown even larger compared to the outgoing model. Needless to say, the GLS 63 is a looker, but you won’t be able to get one Stateside until mid-2020 when it’s scheduled to go on sale as a 2021 model. We’ve put together a nice photo gallery in the slider above and in the page below, so go ahead and check out the finer details!

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2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 BMW X7

2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 BMW X7

The battle of the full-size luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz launched the third-generation GLS for the 2020 model, replacing the successful yet dated, six-year-old second-gen SUV. The GLS was redesigned from the ground up and its better in every department, but it also has a more challenging mission. While the old GLS had only the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator to worry about, the third-gen GLS faces a new threat: the BMW X7. The company’s largest SUV yet, the X7 was designed so that BMW can finally compete against the GLS, a nameplate that’s been around since 2007.

The X7’s arrival also means that the GLS is no longer alone in Europe. With the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator not widely available here, the GLS had the entire market for itself all these years. This has come to an end in 2018 and Mercedes-Benz has a solid premium SUV to worry about in Europe. Is the GLS good enough for the modern and sporty X7? Let’s find out in the comparison below.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Mercedes just revealed the all-new GLS and we’re so taken back by it that we can’t quit looking at it. It maintains its boxy design, but now has that new radiator grille, new rectangular headlamps, and a more aggressive design. In the rear, it even comes with new taillights, a slightly more rounded look, and a much sportier appearance. It’s even more aerodynamic with its coefficient of drag dropping to 0.32 - a move that should make it just a hair more fuel efficient. Either way, we’ve decided to celebrate the new GLS by making it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but we’ve also added a rather sizable gallery so you can pick out your favorite wallpaper too!

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2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Mercedes GLS vs 2020 Porsche Cayenne

Merc’s biggest hauler goes toe to toe with the vehicle that rejuvenated the niche of fast SUVs

I picture you glancing over this article and thinking, "How can he compare these two SUVs, they’re not even playing ball in the same field?", and while that is true, it’s not an exercise in futility. Both the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS and the 2020 Porsche Cayenne offer buckets of luxury and are expensive, so it’s worth putting them head to head to see what type of SUV is, ultimately, better.

In this matchup, you’ve got on the one hand the bear-like, full-size GLS SUV or the mid-size, sporty Cayenne SUV. The latter doesn’t offer as much interior room but can get you from A to B quicker. Also, it’s worth comparing these two mean peddlers because comparing the new GLS with the X7 is all too predictable - but we’ll tackle that too, don’t worry!

From the outset, you can probably guess who the winners will be in each category, right? I mean, just look at the GLS: it has a straight roofline and an almost straight back end to round things off. It features a longer wheelbase and up to seven full seats with all the amenities one could ask for. It must be the winner when it comes to the interior category, right? And the Cayenne must be the winner in the drivetrain department due to its higher output engines in the more expensive trim levels and, by and large, it also looks a bit nicer due to its lower stance, right? But things aren’t as simple as they seem from the outside.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

The third-generation GLS comes to tackle the BMW X7

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS represents the third generation of the company’s already iconic SUV. Introduced at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it offers more space, more comfort, and more luxury while retaining a familiar face. The GLS arrives to take on the BMW X7, the company’s first foray in the full-size SUV market, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Cadillac Escalade.

The GLS adopts Mercedes’ latest styling language, seen most recently on the smaller GLE crossover. The exterior has smoother surfaces and sportier fascias, while the interior borrows from the S-Class sedan but features a few unique cues as well. Under the hood, the GLS retains its two-engine lineup with V-6 and V-8 offerings for the U.S. market, but both units are paired to 48-volt mild hybrid systems.

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The 2018 Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept Could Lend DNA to One of Mercedes' Latest SUVs

The 2018 Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept Could Lend DNA to One of Mercedes’ Latest SUVs

Want to have a posh overdose? Wait until Mercedes puts the Vision Ultimate Luxury into production

Arguably, the most crucial launch event at the 2019 New York Auto Show was that of the third-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS. The flagship luxury SUV from Mercedes will take on the BMW X7 soon, but Mercedes could actually be cooking up a version that would aim straight at the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Insane? Not for those who saw the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept up close and personal.

After three years since the GLS name was introduced as part of Mercedes’ refreshment of its model nameplates, a new generation was introduced. Given the American consumer’s propensity for buying oversized SUVs, the 2020 GLS was introduced at the New York Auto Show, and the first news that came from the unveiling got us thinking. For starters, there won’t be any electric version due to the limited demand for an SUV of this size featuring an electric drivetrain and, on the other hand, for those craving for power, there will be an AMG version or maybe a few.

But, maybe the most significant thing we heard, via Dr. Andreas Zygan, Mercedes’ Head of SUV Development, was that the S Class of SUVs might get the Maybach treatment just like the S Class of the sedans did. This sort of comes as a confirmation for the rumors we’ve seen lingering in the air for a few years. We went as far as writing a speculative review for it but only now can we say we’re getting closer and closer to a Maybach SUV actually happening. Mercedes previewed this possibility with the latest of the Maybach Vision concept that was presented in 2018.

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There's No Electric Version of the Mercedes GLS Coming, But There Will Be One With a Maybach Badge

There’s No Electric Version of the Mercedes GLS Coming, But There Will Be One With a Maybach Badge

The Mercedes-Benz GLS will remain a gas guzzler

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the third-generation GLS at the 2019 New York Auto Show, and the company is already talking about future products based on the full-size SUV. The German company confirmed at least two new variations but dismissed an electric model, so we hope you weren’t expecting one.

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The 2020 Mercedes GLS Arrives With a Twin-Turbo V-8 and Seating for Seven

The 2020 Mercedes GLS Arrives With a Twin-Turbo V-8 and Seating for Seven

The GLS retains boxy proportions but looks and goes better than ever

The biggest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup is back and it’s now bigger than ever. The wheelbase is longer so all three rows get more room, thus making a six-seater version possible, and if it’s cargo space you’re after, the 2020 GLS delivers up to 95.3 cubic-feet of storage area. Another first is the introduction of the GLS 580 4Matic that features an electrified and twin-turbocharged V-8 with 489 horsepower on tap and the EQ Boost starter-generator.

European manufacturers are again trying to beat Americans at their own game. This time, the name of the game isn’t pick-up trucks, but full-size SUVs. When you think of such elevated land yachts, you’re probably picturing a Cadillac Escalade or a Lincoln Navigator in your head but BMW and, now, Mercedes-Benz are vying to change that image in your head. If BMW is trying to tempt you with the vehicle with the single largest twin kidney grilles in the history of mankind, Mercedes is a little bit more subtle with the 2020 GLS, a car built in Alabama that packs all the luxury features that America likes and then some. Also, it looks less like a bus in comparison to the Navigator.

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New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut

New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut

It’s big, beautiful, and reeks of luxury

The first prototype of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS has been spotted testing in Germany prior to its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. This is the top-of-the-line Maybach model. Mercedes is planning to expand the Maybach line-up with lavish models, and what better way to do that than to add the GLS to a portfolio known mainly for stretched limos!

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2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Mercedes GLS

2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Mercedes GLS

They are big, they are fast, and they are fearful!

This is the battle of the heavyweights... quite literally. If there’s anything scarier than seeing two huge beasts on the road, it is seeing them race each other. Well, that is exactly what we will be doing here. We will be pitting two of the most luxurious SUVs on the market today, and the brands’ biggest offering as well in terms of size – the 2019 BMW X7 and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS.

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Mercedes GLS-Class Caught Testing in Traffic

Mercedes GLS-Class Caught Testing in Traffic

SUV looks ready for its prime time debut

The new Mercedes GLS-Class isn’t scheduled to arrive in dealerships until 2019, but as early as now, we’re already seeing the luxurious people-mover making public rounds, albeit covered in heavy layers of camouflage. Just recently, YouTube channel walkoART captured the GLS-Class driving around the streets of Germany (the road signs are in German). The footage itself doesn’t reveal too much about the SUV, but we do get a good look at some important bits, including the LED headlights peaking from underneath the camo wraps.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 - Driven

Merc beats GM’s big SUVs at their own game

It’s not often I get to say this, but a Mercedes-Benz might just be a better value than a Chevrolet — if, that is, you’re looking at supersize SUVs.

For decades, the Chevrolet Suburban and its GMC counterpart — now known as the Yukon XL — have been near-insurmountable behemoths atop SUV Mountain. They’re huge. They’re capable. They make great road-trip vehicles if you can afford to feed them a steady diet of unleaded.

But now enters Mercedes-Benz with its GLS450. It threw my preconceptions about the word “value” out the window. When I laid eyes on it, I expected this would be an expensive SUV, and it is: My tester came in at $80,790. Sure, you can buy a Chevy Suburban much cheaper than that, with the base price of a Suburban starting just a few dollars shy of $50,000. But pile on the options to match my Mercedes-Benz GLS450 tester, and the ‘Burban soon loses most of its price advantage.

On top of it all, the GLS450 is better suited to hauling people since it’s not hiding a pickup truck-based frame and axle underneath its big body. There’s more room in this big Merc for passengers in all three rows. A Suburban’s third row isn’t somewhere adults typically want to find themselves for an extended period. The GLS450’s third row is perfectly suited to adult-sized occupants.

For that reason, and because the GLS450 can tow almost as much as a Suburban/Yukon XL, I came away impressed. This is a stunning value in its segment.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition

When your luxury SUV needs more grandeur

Mercedes-Benz has dropped a new special edition for the 2018 GLS, its three-row SUV. It’s called the Grand Edition, and it brings a swanky new leather treatment to the interior and the choice between two sets of 20-inch alloy wheels. The Grand Edition can be had on the GLS 350d, 400, and 500, but is only offered in Europe. Sorry, Cowboy. Though Joe America can’t have this beast parked in his driveway, more of his cattle will be found inside.

As mentioned, the interior’s new extended leather treatment involves a leather-covered dashboard with real, open-pore wood accents and seats with quilted patterns and a porcelain and espresso color combination only found in the Grand Edition. Outside, those getting the Grand Edition can choose to get the Exterior Package, which includes a slightly more aggressive lower front fascia and AMG-style 20-inch wheels. All Grand Editions come with badges on the front fenders denoting their grandeur.

Continue reading for more details on the Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition.

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2016 Mercedes GLS-Class "850 XL" by Brabus

2016 Mercedes GLS-Class "850 XL" by Brabus

German tuner goes crazy on Mercedes-Benz’s full-sized SUV

As the full-sized SUV in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, there’s a lot of pressure on the GLS to appeal to a wide range of customers, ranging from the off-road types to those who have big families. The multi-purpose function of the GLS-Class extends to the tuning world where aftermarket tuners like Brabus determine a specific course of action on how to best approach the SUVs capabilities. For its part, Brabus did what it does best by giving the GLS an engine upgrade of a lifetime that ends with the SUV’s biturbo V-8 engine netting a 838 horsepower and 1,069 pound-feet of torque.

Those power figures are the unquestioned highlight of the program and is the biggest reason why the program is called the “850 XL.” But there’s more to this kit than the massive engine upgrade. It also features a comprehensive wide body aero kit, a new set of 23-inch wheels, and modifications to the interior that really spruces up the life between those doors.

It is an extensive kit and it’s indicative of what Brabus is capable of when it goes all-out on a tuning program. Some tuners exaggerate their tuning kits with names dripping in hyperbole. Brabus has no need for that because its works, both past and present, resoundingly speak for themselves. In the case of the 850 XL kit for the GLS, Brabus has once again developed a tuning program that deserves its own holler.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 – Driven

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 – Driven

The multi-talented SUV with horsepower for days

High-powered SUV might be a conundrum to some folks. Why put a twin-turbocharged V-8 in a vehicle that’s supposed to be for hauling kids and trailers, right? The way I see it – and likely most of you reading this – there is absolutely no problem with a 577-horsepower, three-row family machine with the ability to hit 60 mph in a scant 4.7 seconds.

That’s exactly what the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 is all about.

New for 2017, the AMG GLS63 builds off Mercedes’ updates with the GL-Class. The SUV now wears the GLS badge across its model range, denoting the changes brought for 2017. A refreshed exterior matches a reworked interior and are combined with carry-over powertrain options including the GL63 AMG’s V-8 powerhouse. Nevertheless, the S-iffided GL now looks more modern, has a flashier interior, and comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect at this price point.

I recently spent a week with the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 loaded with many of the most popular options. It was by no means “fully loaded” will everything Mercedes offers, but it never left me wanting.

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Indian Man Denied New Mercedes; Dealership Fears He Could "Sell it to the Taliban."

Indian Man Denied New Mercedes; Dealership Fears He Could "Sell it to the Taliban."

Surjeet Bassi is taking Prestige Motors to court over allegations of racial discrimination

50-year old Surjeet Bassi walked into the Prestige Motors Mercedes dealership in Bergen County, New Jersey on June 3, 2016 thinking that he would be able to trade in his Mercedes-Benz ML350 for a Mercedes GLS550. What happened next ended with Bassi filing a lawsuit against the dealership for what his lawyer claims as “blatant racial discrimination.”

According to The Times Herald-Record, the dealership refused to sell him the GLS550 over fears that he might ship the SUV to the Taliban. The report adds that the transaction was going smoothly as Bassi passed a credit check, showed his personal bank statements, paid a $1,000 downpayment, and switched the new GLS into his new policy with his insurance company. Then things took a turn for the bizarre when the dealership’s manager told him that he can’t sell the car because Bassi was from a “high-risk area” where people buy cars and export them to the Islamic fundamentalist and terrorist organization.

The manager wouldn’t budge on his stance despite Bassi arguing that he had lived in the area for 30 years, runs a medical transport company, and has no connection whatsoever with the Taliban. The Indian national even offered to sign a waiver, something he had done before, promising that was not going to export the car for three years. All his pleas ended up being for naught as the dealership’s manager refused to budge on his stance.

Needless to say, Bassi wasn’t going to take the case of discrimination lightly. His attorney, Michael Susan, immediately filed a lawsuit against Prestige Motors in the in the Southern District of New York on the basis of racial discrimination and a refusal to extend credit under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Prestige Motors has yet to issue a response on the matter.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

It has only been two model years since the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GL-Class went on sale, but in addition to a new name, the full-size SUV is getting an updated look inside and out. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS, as it is called starting 2015, has been renamed to create a more coherent naming structure across the lineup (after the GLA, GLC and GLE), and as the name suggests, the GLS will stand as the S-Class of SUVs. No small shoes to fill there.

Even though it will hit dealerships with a new name, the GLS isn’t a brand-new SUV, but a revised version of the second-generation GL-Class. As with most Mercedes-Benz facelifts, updates aren’t massive, but the GSL received just enough features to keep it fresh for a few more years. Besides the revised exterior features, the full-size hauled also gained an overhauled interior and upgraded drivetrains.

The seven-seater will hit U.S. dealerships in 2016 in four engine specs, including a diesel version and a performance-oriented AMG variant.

Updated 11/20/2015: The 2017 Mercedes GLS made its world debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be put on sale on the North American market in March 2016. Check out the picture gallery for a set of new images taken live on the show’s floor.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.

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Mercedes Unveils 2017 GLS

Mercedes Unveils 2017 GLS

Mercedes-Benz just dropped cover on the 2017 GLS, introducing a new SUV flagship for the German luxury brand. Essentially a facelift for the current GL-Class, the GLS brings tweaked styling on the outside, the latest Merc-style amenities inside, and a comprehensive line of powertrain options.

Mercedes says the major focus for styling can be seen in the front, but the rear also received an update. There are chrome details sprinkled everywhere, such as the roof rails, shoulder line trim, and lower skirts. Paint options include two special editions in Diamond White and Cardinal Red. There’s also a diversity of alloy wheel designs to choose from.

Inside the seven-seater, you’ll find tons of luxury and technology. Mercedes redesigned the instrument panel and center console, and added several new wood and piano lacquer trim options. The steering wheel is a new three-spoke unit wrapped in Nappa leather. There’s Internet access, remote-start capability, an 8-inch media display, and an optional air ionization system. There’s also a plethora of active safety systems on offer, such as automatic braking, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

Keeping the rubber side down is an improved Airmatic air suspension system. Under-hood options include a turbocharged V-6 with 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque (base-model GLS450), a turbocharged V-8 with 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (GLS550), and a diesel V-6 with 255 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque (GLS350d). At the top sits the venerable AMG GLS63, which produces a heady 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque.

Each model comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD, excluding the AMG GLS63, which instead uses a different, rear-biased AWD system and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The new GLS will be available to order next month. Deliveries begin in the U.S. late March 2016.

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Daimler CEO Confirms Maybach SUV; Dismisses Audi Q1 Competitor

Daimler CEO Confirms Maybach SUV; Dismisses Audi Q1 Competitor

SUVs are the talk of the automotive world these days, with offerings ranging from massive people haulers like the Escalade to jacked-up hatchbacks that offer little more than a little extra ground clearance and all-wheel drive. Regardless of how irritating they are to some purists, these are what buyers want, and manufacturers can’t build them fast enough. Recent rumors have been circulating around Mercedes possibly planning a Maybach- SUV and a subcompact crossover to battle the Audi Q1. But while a new report claims that the Maybach rumor is true, it also claims that the subcompact rumor is false.

The report comes from the folks at Motoring.com.au, who had a conversation with Daimler executive, Dieter Zetsche. According to the report, Zetsche said that with Rolls Royce and Bentley both rolling out their own SUVs, the time is absolutely right for Maybach to have one of its own. Unlike the Bentley and Rolls people-haulers, however, the Maybach will be reliant on the product cycle of the Mercedes GLS, which it will be based on. The Bentley and Rolls SUVs are stand-alone models built separately from their respective parent companies’ product lines.

One SUV that appears to be totally out of the question is the rumored Mercedes-Benz Q1 fighter. According to Zetsche, that would require Mercedes to go into the A or B segment, which would step on the toes of Daimler-owned Smart. In the same breath, he also dismissed any competitor to the pint-sized A1.

Continue reading to hear my take on what this means.

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Mercedes Plans Maybach-Branded SUV

Mercedes Plans Maybach-Branded SUV

Even though the Maybach-Manufaktur brand was axed by Daimler back at the end of 2012, the double-M emblem is far from being forgotten, instead it’s been transformed into a sub-brand for Mercedes-Benz, just like Mercedes-AMG. With the first model under the new Mercedes-Maybach moniker having been launched as the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, an entire range of Maybach-branded Mercedes models will start appearing in the following years. The second one to do so will most likely be an ultra-luxurious variant of the GLS full-size SUV, which is what the facelifted GL-Class will be called.

The news comes via Autocar, which quoted Martin Hulder, the project manager for the S-Class. "The theory is that we will do more Maybach models," Hulder told the British car magazine. "But it will not be for all vehicles; any Maybach must make sense, because it is not just about putting an emblem on a car. Buyers rightly have high expectations of a Maybach, and we must be sure to always deliver on them." he continued.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is heading toward its mid-cycle facelift, set to be unveiled at the end of 2015, which is also when its name will change to GLS. A Mercedes-Maybach GLS would therefore come in mid-2016 at the earliest, sporting a slightly longer wheelbase and exclusive interior appointments, while the third row of seats will be deleted. The top-of-the-range engine will likely remain the twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter V-8, despite its future competitor from Bentley offering a twelve-cylinder power plant.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes’ future Maybach-branded SUV.

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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

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2016 Mercedes GLS

2016 Mercedes GLS

The automotive paparazzi have spotted the new Mercedes SUV out for winter testing, giving us a peek at the revised exterior and fueling speculation on further changes that might lie under the body panels.

Coinciding with the updated Mercedes nomenclature structure, the full-size GL will be designated as the GLS going forward into 2015, marking it as the flagship model for the Mercedes SUV and off-roader lineup. The refresh comes mid-cycle, so changes are not extensive. However, alongside visible exterior styling tweaks, we might see interior updates and some new engine options as well.

First introduced in 2006, the GLS offers third-row seating for up to seven passengers. Based on the same unibody as the M-Class (now known as the GLE), the front engine, 4MATIC all-wheel-drive layout makes the GLS perfect for anyone looking to haul a ton of gear and kids up to the slopes for a weekend of snowy fun. Currently, the X166 chassis GL comes with three trim levels, including a turbo-diesel V-6 with 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, a turbocharged V-8 with 362 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and a range-topping, turbocharged V-8 with 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. All are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Although details are rough, we have the latest on Mercedes’ new leading SUV ready for your consumption past the jump.

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