Mercedes Benz just gave us a new offering in the large SUV class. The new GLS is a large suv indeed and they refer to it as the S-Class of SUVs. Apparently, the S-Class is the full size luxury sedan that Mercedes offers and it is top of the range.
The GLS is the largest and most luxurious SUV from the German auto giant. Interestingly, it is larger, more spacious, and more luxurious and we believe it would also be more expensive than the predecessor. It has a wheel base which is a whooping 60mm longer than that of its elder sister which sees to it that there is more leg room and more overall space in it. All seats are electrically powered which makes absolute sense in a luxury vehicle. The second row seat can folded flat while the last row can be folded into the floor to create more boot space. There is also a 6-seater option with two second row luxury seats which is first of its kind.
It is designed to exude confidence and a top value presence with its domineering size and dimensions – (5,207 x 1,956) mm. The new wheel base is 3,135mm which is a plus as it directly gives you more room in the sweet SUV. On the other side of the coin, we also think it may be the down side as a lot of people avoid large vehicles. We also notice that it is a little wider at the lower half than its predecessor but quite lesser at the top half which may mean that the windscreens would be smaller and more blind spots may surface even with the positioning of the wing mirrors. Mercedes Benz says that its design follows the strategy of Sensual Purity and dispenses with individual edges and beading in favour of generously sculpted surfaces.
The grille is upright and octagonal which gives it a bossy appearance. The underguard in the front apron is a bone-shaped air inlet grille. The bonnet has two power domes. The GLS comes with Multibeam LED headlamps as standard with a total of 112 LEDs per headlamps so, illumination and awareness of its presence won’t be an issue in night time and daytime respectively. There is a maximum light intensity permitted by law which is the full capacity of the GLS’s headlamp output. The daytime running light (DRL) has 33 LED segments which underline the status of the GLS as the S-Class of SUVs.
On the interior, the GLS even speaks volumes when you reason out comfort, class, luxury, aesthetics and style. The dashboard is a beauty to behold. The screen you get as you rock the high end leather interior that also comes as standard is impressive. The rear seat also has a Seat Comfort package Plus which comes with a 7-inch Android tablet in its dock right in the centre of the luxury armrest. The tablet hands you the control of the MBUX comfort and entertainment functions right from the rear of the luxury land yacht. This also implies that you can control your radio, TV, media, phone, web browser, Rear Seat Comfort Package and the 5-zone automatic climate control for the rear seats. The driver is never shut out of these controls if he needs to.
It also comes with an all-new Intelligent Suspension system called the E-Active Body Control suspension which also comes with the all-new ‘Airmatic’ air suspension. This is the only system in the market that can individually control spring and damping forces at each wheel which means that it counters body roll for more safety and also damps squatting and pitching. It also has sensors for Road Surface Scan and curve inclination functions. All these technologies loaded into one luxury machine is in line with Mercedes-Benz’s aim of building the world’s most intelligent SUV suspension.
This machine is as agile as it is large and all trims come with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission system. A transfer case with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch is also standard.
This capable machine is definitely a major contender in its class with some sort of forward techs in place. There are other contenders in this class like the Ford Explorer, Cadillac Escalade, Toyota Sequoia, Infiniti QX80, et al.