The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is now available to order with first UK deliveries in March 2016. The seven-seat luxury SUV will start at £69,100 and sets the standard as the ’S-Class among SUVs’. Bringing in elements of dynamics, comfort, luxury and safety the new GLS will feature greater efficiency, the latest AIRMATIC air suspension system, extended DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, a nine speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and the latest in telematics and internet access.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS will be available in three models in the UK – the GLS 350d 4MATIC AMG Line, starting from £69,100, the GLS 350d 4MATIC designo line, costing £78,095 and finally the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC, with prices starting at £102,330.
The least expensive GLS 350d 4MATIC AMG Line does not skimp in the way of luxury, however. £69,100 will get you comforts such as an 8-inch screen and touchpad, AIRMATIC suspension, leather upholstery, memory front seats, a 7-point surround sound system, panoramic electric sunroof, THERMOTRONIC climate control, ambient lighting and heated seats for the front two rows.
The designo Line offers extras including designo nappa leather with diamond quilting, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, temperature controlled cup holders, four-zone climate control and an Active Curve System, which reduces rolling motion when tackling corners at speed.
There is also an array of free personalisation choices for the interior with a choice of five different leather upholstery colours for the AMG Line and two designo Exclusive nappa leather options for the designo Line. Customers can also choose from four different wood trim finishes or aluminium trim for no extra cost. The priced options include black piano lacquer and AMG carbon-fibre with black piano lacquer.
The GLS 350d model uses a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine producing 258 bhp and 620 Nm of torque. There is also an optional off-road package, which adds a centre differential lock, low-range gearbox, further modes for the DYNAMIC SELECT system and three heights for the suspension, as well as protection panels and an off-road function for the headlights.
The 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 engine in the GLS 63 AMG model produces 585 bhp and 760 Nm of torque, meaning more power than before. A revised AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission with DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes come as standard as well as a rear biased AMG four-wheel drive system.
The name of the game with the Mercedes-Benz GLS really is luxury, which this new model seems to deliver in spades. A wide range of comfort, entertainment and safety systems are placed on board to create the best and most comfortable driving experience possible and if it really is the S-Class of the SUV world, then you’ll have a hard case to say that it isn’t.