Mercedes has been busy redesigning its popular G-Class SUV into the new Mercedes GLS. Like its predecessor, the GL, the GLS is poised to become the “S-Class among SUVs” according to the German automaker. The only full seven-seater within the premium European SUV segment, the GLS has an ample interior which provides the magic combination of luxury, comfortability, and safety.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t missed a step in the GLS design. Offering 4 trims, the GLS d 350 4M, GLS 450 4M, GLS 550 4M, and AMG GLS 63, there seems to be something for every Mercedes SUV consumer. Each GLS boasts a new dynamic exterior and luxurious interior. The designers have placed the focus on redesigning the front end of the car, while modernizing the rear. Inside the car, consumers will find a brand new instrument panel which includes a media display, new 3-spoke steering wheel configuration and a center console complete with touchpad. This new generation also includes more efficiencies, an additional DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, an improved air suspension system, a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC auto transmission, state of the art assistance system and the most recent telematics, including internet access and remote start capability.
If all of that isn’t enough to get you going, look no further than under the hood. The AMG GLS 63 boasts a 577 hp 5.5 liter AMG V8 which delivers a whopping 561 lb.-ft. of torque, perfect for drag racing fellow suburbanites, or that urgent soccer mom grocery run. The Sport+ mode will definitely help you feel the need for speed while the OFF-ROAD mode will help navigate the vacation wilds.
And how can one take advantage of all that power without accounting for proper safety? Mercedes has taken care of that as well. The standard driver assistance systems include COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. Also available, are the PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and sadly, Speed Limit Assist. This SUV will practically drive for you with all the safety features. As a member of the Mercedes family you also have access to Standard Services including automatic emergency call, Accident Recovery and breakdown assistance. There’s a reason you pay more to drive a Benz and features like these are it, but they are worth every penny in my opinion.
Finally, there is not a roomier SUV available in the European SUV class. There is ample elbow and head room available in all three of the seat rows inside the vehicle. With many adjustment options, the center row makes the interior configuration flexible by way of a cargo position for optimum use of space.
With all of its sporty and luxurious finishings, the 2017 Mercedes GLS is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the SUV class, but only for those with deep pockets. While MSRP was not available at press time, one can only assume it will be quite high, which begs the question: How much is a sporty exterior, a luxurious, spacious interior, and a badass engine under the hood worth? For some the answer would be it’s priceless. For those, the Mercedes GLS is the perfect fit.