Mercedes-Benz is working on a mid-cycle refresh for its GL-Class SUV, that is due to be launched in model-year 2017. The full-size luxury SUV that was introduced in 2013 will also get rebadged as a GLS, in keeping with the new naming nomenclature. The ‘S’ signifying that the luxury SUV is in the same category as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class model range.
The GL-Class was due for an uplift to the exterior and interiors, and the prototypes being spotted go on to confirm that the manufacturer has indeed been working on them. Sporting new grille and bumper designs on the outside, the headlights on the GLS would be a brand-new design, with the tail-lights sticking to their familiar shape even as they get new design elements on the inside.
The dashboard on the GLS would be a redesigned unit, with new, luxurious trim options on offer in keeping with its ‘S-Class range’ badging. The infotainment display will be replaced with a more-current one, complete with a new, in-dash display. The overall look on the inside will be in-line with the new GLE range.
Changes under the hood are expected to be minimal, with the entire engine range having been updated for 2015. So the GLS refresh would start off with the GLS350 BlueTEC and its 240 bhp, V6 diesel 455 Nm torque motor. Things get progressively more powerful with the 362 bhp, 369 Nm torque sporting, Turbo V6 in GLS450 guise being the immediate upgrade, while the GLS550 would get a 429 bhp turbo V8 motor. There will be an AMG badged GLS at the top of the range, with a 550 bhp turbo V8 motor and 560 Nm torque on-board.