Despite that there aren’t too many full-size luxury SUVs around, this segment is very competitive, especially if we consider that it consists some iconic names of the automotive industry, such as Toyota Land Cruiser and Range Rover, as well as famous North American models like Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade.
Therefore, it’s not strange that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is coming completely redesigned, despite the fact that the current model has been around for just six years. The new generation has been spotted. It is still in a testing phase but should hit the market pretty soon, by the end of the year. It will come with lots of novelties, including new mechanics, new styling, interior design etc. Still, don’t count on any radical changes. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will continue with the evolution, with familiar design approach and overall design.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Redesign
As we already mentioned, this redesign will bring changes that are rather evolutionary than revolutionary. Therefore, the overall design approach shouldn’t go too far away from the current generation. The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will come in a typical SUV layout, with the wagon-like body. Despite it is practically a crossover, the current generation features pretty SUV-ish body, with rugged shape and plenty of muscles. The new model will continue in the same way. It will also ride on a unibody platform. Count on a familiar MHA platform, which underprints the recently launched new-generation GLE mid-size crossover. Of course, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will come with a significantly stretched wheelbase and bigger overall size. Speaking of the size, the new model won’t feature any notable enlargement compared to the current model. So, count on something like 122 inches in wheelbase and overall length of more than 200 inches, which are pretty much dimensions that characterize the current model.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Styling
Of course, one of the most interesting things about the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will be a new styling. Of course, car experts and enthusiasts usually focus more on technical upgrades, on things like chassis, weight reduction and similar things. On the other side, an average driver cares much more about things such as the exterior look. As we already mentioned, changes will be evolutionary in this case. The testing model has been spotted and we can clearly see a shape that doesn’t go too far from the current model.
On the other side, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is about to fit the company’s new design language. We have no doubt it will take a lot of inspiration from the new GLE, especially at the front, where we expect to see new headlights, a revised grille, new bumper etc. As a flagship model, the new generation of this SUV will also come with numerous distinctive details.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Interior
The interior has always been one of the strongest points of this SUV. Despite the age, the current model is still one of the leaders in this aspect. It delivers excellent interior quality, with plenty of hi-end surfaces and very opulent-looking dashboard. Also, the current model is pretty spacious. Even the third row is comfortable enough to accommodate adult passengers without bigger problems. So, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is expected to come even better in these aspects. Still, the area where we expect the biggest improvements is a list of standard equipment. Practically, this is the biggest complaint about the current model. For example, we expect that synthetic leather upholstery in base models will be replaced. Also, we count on a much longer list of tech goodies in base models, as things like 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and HD Radio are actually only standard features in the current model.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Engines
Finally, a few words about the powertrain. One of the most interesting novelties for this redesign will be a new inline-six engine. The new unit is both efficient and powerful, as it delivers a max output of around 365 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Most reports suggest that base versions will feature even smaller, 2.0-liter turbo-four, with around 255 horsepower. Of course, we count on a familiar twin-turbo V8 engines. A smaller one should feature around 450 horsepower. On the other side, a 5.7-liter V8 will be reserved for the AMG-badged model and should feature a max output of more than 600 horsepower. European version will come with a diesel engine in the offer as well.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Release Date and Price
Although the company hasn’t come out with any more precise launch date yet, latest reports suggest that the new model should arrive sometime late in the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the outgoing model, which features the starting price of around 70.000 dollars. Competition in the segment is pretty tough. Some of the key rivals will be models like Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade, but there are also more off-road capable but equally luxurious Toyota Land Cruiser and Range Rover SUVs.