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New generation GLS - most luxurious SUV of Mercedes debuts

Making its first appearance in New York Automobile Exhibition, the next GLS generation is the biggest and the most luxurious SUV model of Mercedes.

Looking at its appearance, GLS looks quite like GLE but bigger. In fact, the new generation GLS has its dimension increase compared to the previous one, with 77 mm longer and 22 mm wider. The most important thing is the wheelbase is also over 60 mm longer than the previous generation, with the wheelbase reaching 3,137 mm. It means that the SUV is more spacious for users, especially in the two back seat rows. The third seat row is considered to bring enough comfort to those who are over 1.94 m tall.

Mercedes GLS makes its debut at the New York Automobile Show, the United States.
Authority All the three seat rows are electrically controlled. When there is no need for use, the back seat row can be folded flat to optimize the space to put belongings. Then, the luggage cabin has volume up to 2,400 liters.

In addition to the 7-seat standard edition, Mercedes also offers a 6-seat GLS edition. The second seat row then shall have only two seats instead of three.

The overall dimension of the new GLS generation is 5,212 mm long, 1,956 mm wide and 1,824 mm high. Compared to its competitor of BMW X7, GLS is 61 mm longer, 43 mm narrower, and 21 mm higher. The GLS’s wheelbase is also 30 mm longer than that of X7.

At the New York Automobile Show, Mercedes introduces GLS580 4Matic edition. The car has a 48-Voltage EQ Boost electric system integrated with 4-liter V8 motor and one starting up generator. The car capacity reaches 482 horsepowers and pulling force of 700 Nm, with the generator contributing additional 250 Nm and 21 horsepowers via EQ Boost in a short time.

In the motor options there is also available 6-cylinder type including both gasoline and diesel motors. GLS450 4Matic is equipped with 3-liter motor, 6 aligned cylinders integrated with an electric system which produces 362 horsepowers in total and pulling force of 500 Nm. The edition is not available for sale in the European market.

In Europe, Russia and other markets, two diesel motor editions with a volume of 2.9 liters and 6 aligned cylinders, turbochargers: GLS350d 4Matic and GLS400d 4Matic. Respective parameters of the two editions include 282 horsepowers with 60 Nm and 330 horsepowers with 700 Nm. All the editions combine a 9-speed automatic transmission 9G-Tronic and full-time four wheel drive 4Matic. Currently, there is no available information regarding AMG editions such as Maybach.

Meanwhile, its competitor of BMW X7 uses a 3-liter I6 turbocharger motor or a 4-liter V8 dual turbine turbocharger, with respective capacities of 335 and 456 horsepowers. The 8-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive are available. Both GLS and X7 have maximum speeds of 209 km/h. The new GLS generation owns the latest technology including MBUX information-entertainment system including two 12.3-inch screens, color information displayed on windshield, MBUX information-entertainment system for the back seat row with two 11.6-inch displays. In addition, it is offered with Plus equipment package for the back seat row with an Android compatible 7-inch tablet which helps control MBUX features.

The new driver’s assistance systems include Distronic proactive distance assistance technology, Stop-and-Go, assistance to control rear speakers and some other technologies.

The new generation Mercedes GLS shall be sold in the United States and Europe from the end of this year, with unpublished price. In Vietnam, the current GLS generation is now distributed at the price of 4.209-7.829 billion Vietnamese dong.