New Merc No. 03: The GLS
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06 November 2020
Electrified V8 joins the luxury lineup
The king of Mercedes-Benz SUVs - the GLS - is now even more grand.
While the range has two new engines, it’s the interior’s focus on luxury and comfort that will likely raise the most interest. With a wheelbase extended by 60mm, the GLS now offers more interior space, and Mercedes-Benz claims the standard third row of seats (which fold electrically out of the boot floor) can comfortably seat people up to 1,94m tall. Optionally available is the Rear Comfort Package, which adds luxury head restraints, a rearward-extended front centre console with cupholders, wireless charging, and a standalone 7-inch Android tablet to control various interior functions, including the 5-zone climate control.
Keeping things as comfortable as possible whilst on the move is an updated version of the AIRMATIC air suspension system, which adjusts suspension settings in real time in reaction to road surface, and keeps the GLS at the same level regardless of the land onboard.
Off-road systems include the optional Off Road Engineering Package, the highlight of which is a recovery mode: the GLS is able to free itself from being bogged down by raising and lowering the suspension, varying the ground pressure of the tyres and improving traction.
Powering the new GLS is a 3.0 six-cylinder diesel with 243kW / 700Nm, or an electrified V8 petrol with 360kW / 700Nm. The 48 volt system attached to the V8 temporarily adds an additional 16kW / 250Nm.
GLS 400 d 4MATIC
R1 842 000
GLS 580 4MATIC
R2 025 000