The GLS, previously known as the GL-Class, has been first released back in 2006. Mercedes did a major revision in 2012 when the shed 100kg from the car and gave it new engines. However, while they did say the 2012 version was an all new vehicle, this wasn’t entirely true. In fact, it still shares its basic platform with the older GL-Class, so it has the same wheelbase, suspension setup and interior layout. A new version has been rumored for a while now but it seems that Mercedes will not release it for at least a few more years. They are currently developing the upcoming model which seems it may hit the market as the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS More details
Unlike the older car, the new GLS is more than likely going to use Mercedes’ brand new modular architecture, also known as MRA. This will eventually underpin all of their rear wheel drive cars and it comes with major upgrades over all the platforms it replaces.
For starters, the new platform is going to be made mostly out of aluminum and it may also include certain composites in its construction. Because of that, the new GLS should weigh considerably less than the current 5,500 pounds. Some even suggested the car may lose up to 500 pounds which would be very impressive. One aspect that will not change will be the price. The upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS is still expected to cost in excess of $70,000 with the top end models going for more than $200,000.
Under the hood
The current model gets a 3 liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine as the base powertrain. A 3 liter turbocharged V6 diesel is also available in Europe. Higher end models get either a 4.7 liter twin-turbo V8 or a larger 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8. None of these engines is particularly efficient and none of them will be able to meet emissions standards in the future.
The 2019 model is expected to get all new engines. For starters, the V6 might get replace with a new gasoline 3 liter inline 6 offering anywhere between 350 and 450 horsepower. This would also offer enough power to replace the larger 4.7 liter V8. A 4 liter AMG-developed twin-turbo V8 with north of 550 horsepower is also expected to replace the larger 5.5 liter engine. In terms of diesels it seems that Mercedes will give the GLS their new 3 liter triple-turbo inline 6 diesel which has been rumored to make north of 400 horsepower. This would easily power the lighter GLS to becoming one of the fastest production diesel cars in the world.
The design of Mercedes-Benz GLS 2019
The GLS didn’t change all that much in more than a decade. Its front and rear have been revamped but the car’s profile still stands unchanged to this day. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS has been rumored to borrow quite a few more design cues from their higher end cars such as the new GLE Coupe or even the S Class.
The boxy design will likely be gone, especially since the GLS has been criticized by some to look a bit too much like a minivan. With this model Mercedes is also expected to launch high end Maybach editions which will rival the most expensive SUVs around. These will likely feature unique design cues similar to those on the S Class Maybach.
Inside the cabin
Here the new GLS will more than likely feature their latest interior design scheme. In fact we are quite sure that the car will follow the design of the high end S Class quite closely.
The two LCD screens, the massive amount of leather, aluminum and wood and two extra seats should all be seen on the production version of the car.