The next generation Mercedes-Benz GLS was recently spied testing again in Germany. The next-gen avatar of the luxury SUV was spotted covered in heavy camouflage as usual. The flagship SUV model from the house of Mercedes-Benz was expected to make its global debut in the second half of this current year, but going by the fact that its test prototype model is still going about its test schedule with temporary tail lights and doesn’t look close to its production stage, it might be safe to say that the SUV luxury SUV won’t be unveiled until early next year. Going by the latest set of spy pictures, the test prototype model of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz GLS is still running road testing with fake body claddings and improvised exterior elements such as a tow hook which indicates that the production ready model will break cover only in 2019.
The all new Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV is based on the German luxury auto giant’s new MHA platform that has made it possible for the company to make the SUV bigger than before. The increased dimensions of the vehicle will certainly result in a more spacious interior, while the new platform will also ensure that the SUV loses some a significant amount of weight to become more agile. Moreover, despite the spy images which offer the impression of the retention of the boxy silhouette, the all new Mercedes GLS might as well ditch its boxy looks and adopt a more curvy design language with smoother character lines. The SUV prototype model is still not flaunting a front grille, which means it is yet to get a final design for its grille, while the partially veiled headlights do look like the production ready version. Similar to the flagship sedan, new S-Class the all new GLS SUV will also boast of full-LED lights along with smart LED DRLs.
The new-gen GLS’ test mule was also seen flaunting twin five-spoke alloy wheels, but these are also not thought to be making to the production model and are just temporary ones. The all new model of the GLS will come with a dual exhaust tips and a newly designed tail gate. The new Mercedes GLS has evidently become longer, which will definitely make the 7-seater SUV roomier than before. The revamped cabin will be loaded with new added features and upgraded equipments. The new GLS is expected to feature a full digital instrument console as well as infotainment system along with Mercedes’ new AI-based infotainment unit, the MBUX that recently unveiled in the new-gen A-Class. In the GLS, the MBUX might be getting upgraded featuring more functionality.
The under the hood specifications of the new-gen Mercedes-Benz GLS are still unknown. However, the new SUV is likely to get a range of 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and 8-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. As per the rumors, the new GLS will also be offered in a hybrid version packed with a 3L petrol mill paired to an electric motor offering a combined power output of over 400bhp, while there will be a performance centric AMG version powered by the 4L V8 mill as well.