The 2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS will be more exclusive than ever. This premium SUV is facing big changes ahead of the launch for the next season. The company presented changes at the Auto Show in New York. New engines and interior layout will refresh the look of the full-size SUV. What is more important, drivetrains are using electric support, so we can expect better mileage.
Mercedes is always ahead of the rivals. Their technology is not too advanced, but the German carmaker always launches features that will bring peace of mind. Also, the 2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS will be larger than before, which means more space inside the SUV. The second row has the option to get buckets, which reduces seating to six spots. Also, the drivetrains include both V6 and V8 engines. The company didn’t unveil details about the top of the class AMG version, only base one GLS450 and upper trim GLS580.
2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS Engines and Specs
Under the hood of the new 2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS will be a V6 unit. That is the same drivetrain as the current model is offering. A 3.0-drivetrain can create 360 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. The big rig needs 6.5 seconds for 0-60 mph. Fuel consumption is not something that will convince you to buy GLS.
The new unit is a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo with an electric battery. It replaces a 4.7-l V8. This system punches out 483 horsepower, which is 34 ponies more than its predecessor. The GLS580 model gets 21 horsepower from an electric-assist system that also serves an additional 185 lb-ft of torque. The new unit will improve fuel economy, that is for sure. Mercedes didn’t release outputs, but the smaller unit will definitely return more than 16 mpg combined.
2020 Mercedes – Benz AMG GLS 63
Top of the class level will be the AMG. Well, we already got used to it. The German carmaker didn’t give us clues about this version, which will probably arrive a few months after the base model. Anyway, we expect some serious numbers, since the current edition crunches out 577 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque from a 5.5-l V8 engine. Also, it needs less than 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. We will see these numbers for the new 4.0-l unit for GLS580 model.
2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS Redesign Details
The new 2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS will come with a new look. Well, fans will recognize the full-size SUV, which is going to be larger than before. The GLS is now 3-inch longer and nearly 1 inch wider. Even the wheelbase gained some length (2.4 inches). Of course, all this will result in more room in the cabin, especially for legs and cargo. Three seats are standard for the middle row. In the US, buyers can purchase bucket seats for the second row and create more space for passengers. Occupants can easily access to rear bench thanks to the second row that can slide forward.
Premium Infotainment System
MBUX is one of the best infotainment systems any vehicle can offer. Now, it learns drivers habits and helps with controls. A lot of equipment is also an advantage. The new 2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS will offer even reading lights that turn on with hand gesture. A 12-inch touchscreen display is the center of the control panel. There are also two screens as a part of the second-row entertaining system. 11-inch is enough for playing a DVD movie.
The 2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS will also come with a variety of features that will boost peace of mind. Assist and warning features are another step towards the autonomous drive. For now, drivers will be happy with emergency braking and lane keep assist. The GLS also comes with sensors around the vehicle that detect objects that close in. E-Active Body Control is a cool system that will control each wheel when needed. In combination with road scanning, it will improve the overall driving impression and comfort.
2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS Release Date, Price
The 2020 Mercedes – Benz GLS will be out late this year. However, the company didn’t give us this detail. We are also waiting for the price updates. Experts believe that the starting cost is not going to higher from the current price. So, the new GLS will cost under $72,000. The bigger mystery is the price of the GLS580 with the new engine. Well, it will add at least $20,000 or even $25,000. The AMG is top of the class model whose price will go over $130k.
The GLS is a big player in the luxury full-size SUV segment. Land Rover Range Rover can compete with Mercedes with the premium features. Also, slightly cheaper options will be BMW X7 or the new Audi Q8. Lexus LX and Land Cruiser are Toyota’s premium SUVs. The US market also offers domestic vehicles – Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.