When it comes to flagship SUVs, each carmaker has one it keeps under wraps until the very last minute. Such was precisely the case with the Mercedes-Benz GLS, so keep reading for more. This latest Mercedes-Benz GLS is available in three different models. The base model of this seven-seater SUV is the GLS 450 which, while well-equipped, lacks some of the higher-end features luxury buyers have come to expect. The GLS 550, ups the power and includes many features that are available as optional extras on the base model. For those who rate performance over and above everything else, the robust AMG GLS 63 is made for you. All three models feature standard all-wheel drive, so read on to learn why this remarkable SUV deserves (and receives) such ample praise from the world over.
Confident & Prestigious Power
Three different engines are available with this flagship SUV, starting with the GLS 450’s twin-turbo V6 (362 horsepower, 369 lb.-ft. of torque). The next model up enjoys a bit more power with just under 450 horsepower, a little more than 500 lb.-ft. torque. Heading into the upper echelons, we find the GLS 550 with its twin-turbo V8 and the immensely powerful GLS 64 AMG variant with its V8 producing 577 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. torque. The GLS 450 and GLS 550 come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, while a seven-speed automatic is available in the GLS 63 AMG. Passengers and drivers alike will appreciate the street-adapted suspension which gives a smooth ride and an undeniably serene experience.
Essentially a Bentley at Half the Price
The GLS-Class achieves its goal which is to create a luxurious experience for both driver and passengers. The cabin keeps you insulated from the outside world, and Mercedes’ Designo leather is truly terrific in every way imaginable. Other interior highlights, in addition to the premium vinyl upholstery, include heated front seats, a superbly adjustable driver seat which is complemented by a power-adjustable steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The infotainment interface is easy to use, giving you the option of a touchpad or control knob, while the rearview camera makes reversing a breeze.
Looking to Up the Ante Even More? You Got It
An available Premium package adds multicolor ambient lighting, keyless entry and ignition, lighted door sills, and a power front passenger seat with memory settings. If that feels inadequate, then it’s worth taking a look at the Lighting package with its automatic high beams and adaptive LED headlights. As with most new Mercedes models, the GLS also has an optional Parking Assist package available and various stand-alone features, including ventilated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, multi-contour front seats, and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Virtually No End to Options and Upgrades All three GLS models can also be outfitted with a heated steering wheel, trailer hitch, side-window sunshades for the rear, as well as its very own entertainment system. Other perks include an impressive audio system from Bang & Olufsen and a Wi-Fi hotspot. When you throw all of that into the mix as well, it becomes just how many options and choices you have when it comes to customizing and personalizing your very own Mercedes-Benz GLS. Invest in one today and enrich your daily drives in your very own way.