One more big SUV, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS. Mercedes-Benz had recently redesigned its sedan lineup and SUV’s are next in line for a makeover. They won’t just get a facelift, but their naming routine will be changed as well.
Previous M class will become GLE class, while current GL class will get the S extension which emphasizes its premium status (like S class). It is slightly confusing, but we’ll get used to it.
Under the Hood
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS class will remain similar in terms of powertrain options. Apart from new 3.0L twin-turbo V6 with around 330 hp, nothing else will be changed, at least not initially. Further down the line, GLS models could be enriched by new hybrid model or even Maybach version of luxury SUV/crossover. But we are going ahead of ourselves. Core of the engine lineup will remain the same as 240-horsepower turbo diesel V6 will remain the most fuel-efficient option.
Moreover, new GLS class will keep 4.7L twin-turbo V8 and 5.5L AMG twin-turbo V8 engines as well, capable of raising 429 and 550 horses respectively. Of course, all-wheel drive will remain the standard option with all models and 7-speed automatic transmission shouldn’t be changed as well.
Design – Interior and Exterior
From design’s standpoint, changes will also be rather limited. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS class should get fascia update with different grille and front bumper, but car’s profile will remain intact. Even rear end won’t be changed too much and only tail-lights might receive new graphics, while bumper should hold new exhaust pipes from now on.
Interior changes will be kept to a minimum as well. New GLS models should adopt revised dashboard layout which can be seen in new GLE coupe, but they’ll offer bigger level of refinement than smaller GLE class models. Another difference are the number of seats, but former GL, now GLS class models have already had three rows of seats before. All 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS class models will offer premium refinement with plenty of natural wood accents and premium leather seats. 8-inch touch screen will float atop the dash yet again and will be tied to updated COMAND infotainment system.
Most of models will be offered with 80 GB of hard drive storage for 3-D navigation maps and audio files which should be enough even for most picky users. Heated and ventilated front seats will also be standard in upper grades, and so will be heated rear seats. Finally, safety features will be as advanced as they always were and GLS’ will offer collision prevention assist, 360-degree camera, active park assist, lane keeping assist and blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts among other options.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS Price and MPG
Fuel economy ratings are best with diesel engine which offers 18/26 mpg, but as you move up the ladder, engines become more and more fuel-consuming. This mostly goes for AMG’s V8 which is rated at 13/17 mpg. Price range isn’t as high as it is the case with S class and most GLS models can be bought for between $63,600 and $119,450.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS class will offer pretty much the same that GL class does currently. These are the same vehicles after all. Large SUV’s from German car maker are more than capable of offering premium luxury, comfortable and safe ride and fuel economy figures which could force you to familiarize yourself with your wallet more than you would have wanted to.