2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Prototypes of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS technology have been noticed for the very first time, revealing yet another impressive fluid for the automaker’s most important SUV offering.
Compared to the prototypes for the GLE, the GLS is much higher and longer. Both vehicles also seem to share design features, with Mercedes’ Ener-G-Force concept at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, which seems to be the inspiration.
Underlying the vehicle is a stretched version of the Mercedes MHA platform for the GLC up SUVs (excluding the G-Class). The platform Mercedes-Benz GLS is closely related to the Mercedes MRA platform found in most of the automaker’s sedans and coupes and debuted in the GLC.
Powertrains 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS include a 3.0-liter, 3.0-liter V-8, both with lightweight hybrid technology. A plug-in hybrid using inline-6 should also be offered. At the top of the range should be a GLS63 with over 600 horsepower at the press. An automatic transmission and 9-speed four-wheel drive should be standard on most models in the range.
There will also be Mercedes’ latest technology, including autonomous driving systems. The most advanced should be a feature that relies on sensors and map data to automatically slow the car for turns.
The new GLS will follow a new GLE of about a calendar year, which means we have to see it on sale someday in 2019 as a 2020 model.