2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS – The big three-row SUVs are a product of America, a huge bright mirror that reflects all our excesses and immodesty. The Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban and Lincoln Navigator are, among others, large series produced by local builders. But foreign companies have studied the art of luxury vehicles, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS class proves that these efforts are paying off. The GLS class is an elegant, spacious and dynamic version of a family SUV. It may not have as much cargo space as a GMC Yukon XL, but there’s no denying the glamorous touch that a three-pointed star brings to a vehicle. The GLS class feels much smaller than its size on the road; it is surprisingly fast and agile, and unlike many others in the class, it is not difficult to park. These are the qualities that made the GLS win a title of 10Best Trucks and SUVs in 2017, and since it is virtually unchanged for 2018, it remains at the top of the class.
Lightly refreshed last year, the big and boxy 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS takes a delightful taste of the old school in style. He is boxy and delights, once he passes his big LED headlights and his huge logo with three branches. The interior has warmed considerably since the beginning of the GL: there are large wooden plates, leather panels (optional) and a large display screen perched in the center of the dashboard, a solitary note in the well coordinated cabin.
The square body carries different trim, depending on the model. The GLS 550 SUVs have 21-inch wheels and flared wheel arches, while the GLS 63 AMG has its own body kit and wheels. Sports-trimmed vehicles are equipped with footboards, 21-inch wheels and distinctive front and rear air dams. On all models, the new look of the GLS last year has been replaced by a new set of gauges, a new steering wheel and a new color and cut choices. A cockpit behind the wheel containing two large, now fully digital round instruments and an information panel between them.
A digital screen is on the dashboard, featuring the latest news from the COMAND infotainment system. Air vents remain metal-lined rectangles on either side of the center screen and horizontal to the outer edges of the dash rather than round vents being standardized on newer vehicles. Many combinations of upholstery and patterns are available, as well as predictable carbon fiber, wood veneer and piano black piano lacquer trims.
Mercedes offers special edition trim on the three main trim of the GLS 350d, 400 and 500, all with 4Matic AWD. The GLS 350d 4Matic is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel producing 258 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. The GLS 400 4Matic is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 333 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. At the top end of the range, the GLS 500 4Matic is powered by a 4.7 liter twin-turbo V8 producing 456 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. All versions come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and all power specifications are measured in PS, in accordance with European standards.
The entry-level GLS450 is expected to offer a lot of opportunities for most drivers, and it avoids the $ 25,400 bonus that adds to the GLS550’s most powerful incursions. The GLS450 comes standard with a rather arid interior that does not fit the model’s $ 70,545 base price, but careful additions can increase the GLS450’s luxury quotient without seriously inflating the price.