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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
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  • Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    362
  • Torque @ RPM:
    369
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    65000 (Est.)
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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.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

New platform and 4.0-liter V-8 engine

Introduced in 2006 as the company’s first full-size SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GL developed from a longer version of the ML into a model of its own with unique features and an AMG version. Just like the ML, which became the GLE, the GL was renamed to GLS in 2016. Part of the brand’s revised nomenclature, the GLS badge signals that this vehicle is the SUV equivalent to the S-Class. On the market since 2012 in its second-generation, the GLS is about to get a big overhaul for the 2019 model year. Alongside the redesigned SUV, Mercedes will also launch a brand-new version of the AMG GLS63. Already spotted on public roads, the performance SUV will arrive sometime in 2019.

While the standard GLS has plenty of competition to go against, including the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX, and the Land Rover Range Rover, 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 the X7 and its M version. From this standpoint, the AMG GLS63 will remain a unique full-size SUV on the market and will enable Mercedes-Benz to dominate the niche in the high-performance realm. Let’s see what the upcoming AMG GLS63 might have in store for us.

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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.

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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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2018 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

2018 Mercedes-Maybach GLS

Mercedes’ most luxurious SUV ever will have a Maybach badge

In Daimler AG speak, the double-M luxury car emblem no longer means "Maybach-Manufaktur.” Now the iconic emblem stands for "Mercedes-Maybach," with the ultra-luxurious 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class already making a name for the new sub-brand. The super-lux S-Class is just the first of an entire range of models set to wear the new emblem, as the German carmaker is now gearing up to introduce a hyper-luxurious variant of its full-size SUV, the GL-Class. Since Mercedes-Benz has already vowed to change its models’ names for a better clarity, the GL-Class will be renamed GLS following its mid-cycle facelift at the end of 2015.

In other words, the next Maybach-branded model from Stuttgart is likely to be called Mercedes-Maybach GLS500. Some unsubstantiated reports suggest that the GLS may get the twin-turbocharged V-12 instead of the V-8 though, which would obviously transform the "500" into a "600." Either way, it is not the new name that will leave the biggest impression. Instead, the big news will be just how opulent this rig will be. I am talking about a car that Mercedes-Benz wants to pit against the upcoming Bentley Bentayga, which not be an easy feat.

Judging by the amount of upgrades that the S-Class has received to be worthy of the Mercedes-Maybach moniker, the GLS should probably up that amount even more to keep up with the Bentley, which will be designed from the ground up to be the most luxurious SUV on the planet. Either way, Mercedes-Benz is obviously no stranger to ultra-luxury features, so the only question remaining is how distinctive the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will be compared to the standard model.

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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.

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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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