A prototype of the totally redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV has been spotted testing a day ago. In contrast to the previous spy shots that didn’t provide too many information, these are showing significantly more because the testing model uses thin camouflage. Plus, we’ve managed to find out more about the large seven-seat SUV from our insiders.
You don’t have to be a genius to see that the third-generation GLS shares lots of styling cues with the new GLE. Of course, the GLS is longer and wider than the GLE, which is expected because it needs to fight against the BMW X7. In addition, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS appears to be less sporty than the GLE, but then, it’s also somehow a more upscale option. Compared to the predecessor, the seven-seat large SUV looks better to us. This is thanks to a more dynamic profile and more aggressive hood, as well as due to a better-looking front end, which will definitely host a dominant grille and all-LED headlights. The back of the SUV gets narrower taillights and a completely new bumper with a pair of oval exhaust pipes. Though, the exhausts appear to be fake, so don’t expect anything similar when the production version arrives. The roof, as you may see, reveals red paint and rails. Regarding the pain, well, we can’t tell you whether the red is going to be production color or not, but the chances are pretty big because we’ve seen the same color a few days ago on the GLE prototype.
Anyway, the color is not as important as it’s the new platform. The new MHA architecture covers every Mercedes’ high-riding vehicle from the GLC up (the list excludes G-Class of course). By using this particular chassis the SUV is able to accommodate every available drivetrain technology. Still, in the beginning, the new-generation of the GLS will rely on a 3.0-liter inline-6 and 4.0-liter V-8. Both options will be mated to a mild-hybrid technology with a new 48-volt battery. The system is basically a powerful starter generator sandwiched between the engine and transmission, which is capable to recover braking energy and can also assist to the engine. The car manufacturer will offer the all-new GLS63 as well. The model will combine a plug-in hybrid technology with an inline-six for a total output over 600 horsepower. Most of the models will be mated to a standard 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Since we are talking about the flagship seven-seat SUV, we can’t imagine that the car manufacturer could skip the chance to offer the newest self-driving technology and the all-new MBUX system. The dashboard will likely combine a pair of 12.3-inch screens.
There is nothing official regarding the date of arrival at the moment. However, the redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS will probably arrive after the GLE, which means that it won’t be introduced before early 2019.