ATLANTA — The face-lifted 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS flagship SUV, the replacement for the current Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, will arrive at Mercedes-Benz dealerships in late March. The GLS will debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Pricing on the GLS has not been announced, but it is expected to start around $65,000.
The SUV's front end has been redesigned, while the rear gets new LED taillights. Cabin changes include a new instrument panel and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, along with new trim options.
A new Sport exterior treatment, which is available on the GLS550, features unique front and rear aprons, side running boards, side flaps painted in the vehicle's color and 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.
Standard GLS features include remote start, a rearview camera, power tailgate and power folding mirrors.
Options include unique ambient lighting featuring three color shades, a new LED Intelligent Light System for improved nighttime vision and a heated adaptive windshield wiper system.
All of the engines provide better performance than before, Mercedes-Benz said.
For example, the top-of-the-line 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 delivers 577 horsepower, over 27 hp more than its predecessor.
The base GLS350d with a 3.0-liter V6 engine delivers 255 hp and 457 pound-feet of torque.
All models except for the GLS63 will feature the nine-speed automatic transmission as standard. The GLS63 is equipped with a seven-speed 7G-Tronic transmission.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers who are not familiar with the new naming strategy at Mercedes-Benz should think of the GLS as the "S-Class of SUVs," says Mercedes-Benz.