Mercedes’ high-riding flagship vehicle is getting a successor. The German carmaker is doing the first testing of the redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS. The three-row crossover seems to feature a completely new shape, though it’s too early to bring any conclusions, because it’s in an early phase of development, so the shape might be just a trick.
What’s not the trick without any doubt is a new size of the SUV. Judging y by the testing mule, the 2019 GLS will definitely feature a larger footprint. More precisely, it’s going to be both longer and wider. With the quality, the potential buyers can expect more room inside, especially due to a new platform.
The new generation Mercedes-Benz GLS will use MHA architecture, which is going to boost space and save some weight. In addition, the SUV will be able to accommodate a range of new engine options.
Speaking of which, the flagship crossover will get everything you can imagine. The available option will range from four-cylinder to eight-cylinder, including hybrids, and a few oil-burners for some markets. The AMG-treated model will switch from today’s 5.5-liter V8 to the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. In contrast to the most potent version which will rely on a 4Matic all-wheel drive only, the majority of other engines will provide a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive. On the other hand, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be the exclusive option for all models.
We haven’t managed to see the crossover from the inside, which isn’t too important in early phase because the current details won’t reach the production at all. However, we are pretty sure that the new dashboard will mirror the new S-Class sedan. Of course, Mercedes will use premium materials only, as well as the latest technology, including some semi-autonomous systems.
We will get more on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS pretty soon, so stay tuned.