2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-class – The first generation of the GL-Class hit the market only two years ago and the carmaker will soon launch an upgraded version of it. The next generation of the GL-Class will have a new name, the GLS-Class. In addition to the new name the company chose to get a more coherent naming structure, the GL-Class will hit the market with updated interior and exterior.
To make everything clear, the GLS-Class won’t be a brand-new model but a revised version of the GL-Class. As it is case with most of the carmaker’s updates, the changes won’t be massive but the vehicle received just enough updates to stay fresh and competitive in the near future.
This seven-seat model will go on sale in 2016 with four different engine options. Let’s check what else it brings to the table.
Exterior of Mercedes-Benz GL-class
Right after the carmaker pulled the covers of its next-gen GLE, they virtually gave us a hint the way the next gen of the GL-Class would look like.
Well, the GLS actually. When the first generation of the GL arrived several years ago, everyone noticed that it kind of looked like a stretched version of the M-Class and that will be the case with the upcoming GLS.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-class will feature uniquely designed, more aggressive bumper and large air intakes on its sides.
The upper edges of the grille have been polished to get a sharper and more appealing look. The headlights get new clusters and of course, LED strips. As always, Mercedes-Benz offers its customers a wide range of customizing features and bundles.
Mercedes-Benz GL-class Interior
The cabin of the newcomer is where major changes took place. Mercedes equipped with a new, three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather, a newly designed center console with touchpad control, and a new instrument panel with Media Display.
Mercedes also offers ambient lightning in three different colors. As for the entertainment and connectivity, the latest generation of the Comand Online is offered. Those who seek a more exclusive and luxurious cabin will be offered five different leather upholstery colors, and Designo Exclusive package which includes heated front row of seats, Nappa leather, and distinctive diamond quilting.
In terms of space, the cabin hasn’t been changed at all but that’s not a bad thing, since the previous generation of the GL was praised for its outstanding level of space for all seven passengers.
Mercedes-Benz GL-class 2017 Engine
Four engine options will be offered for the next-gen GLS. We will begin with a biturbo, 3.0-liter V6-engine which has the capacity to churn 362 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The next engine in line is a turbocharged V-8 which is capable of producing 455 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque.
The most powerful gasoline engine is will be a V8 unit with power output of 577 horses and 561 pound-feet of torque.
As far as the diesel department is concerned, Mercedes will offer a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with power output of 255 hp and 455 pound-feet of torque.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-class Price
The price of the upcoming GLS won’t vary much from the price of the outgoing GL-Class. Expect the base trim level to start at $63,600.