The new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS comes a year after this model switched from the old GL-Class to the new GLS naming nomenclature. Changing the naming convention also brought modified exterior styling and upgraded interior tech and features. The three-row luxury SUV also benefits from revised engine lineup and new standard 9-speed automatic transmission which were also the part of the 2017 model year refresh.
On the other hand, the diesel-powered version was announced for the 2017 model year but it seems now it won’t return for the 2018 model year either. What the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS would likely bring are new color options and we will also see some changes in the price range.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Design
The GL-Class was classic, old-school looking SUV but Mercedes made some styling changes on its front and rear fascia for the 2017 model year in order to bring it closer in line with brand’s newer vehicles. As the part of that try, the model has got larger and upright version of Mercedes’ grille combined with enlarged front air intakes. The lower fascia is also more dynamically shaped alongside with more sculpted fender flares. The front lights as well the rear lighting units feature more modern look thanks to the current model year update. The GLS SUV also has a new rear bumper in its first year with that name.
When it comes to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS, this model won’t change much on its exterior after mentioned updates and buyers should only expect new color options.
Interior of the GLS model was also refreshed for the 2017 version. The changes included new steering wheel, new color and upholstery choices, upgraded infotainment system and instrument cluster. The 2018 version won’t bring significant changes inside.
The GLS will come with standard MB-Tex vinyl padding and 10-way power driver seat. The standard feature will also include 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, LED DRLs and taillights. The 8-inch screen based COMMAND infotainment system, HD radio, dual-zone climate control, driver memory setting, power leather wrapped steering will also be default features.
Upgrades will include multi-contour seats, three-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, attractive trim accents, and much more.
The performance-oriented AMG GLS 63 will also feature unique styling and interior enhancements. But with that, it also boasts upgraded suspension, brakes, stabilizer bars, seats, etc.
Mercedes could, however, add more standard active safety features aside from the current rearview camera, forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and attention monitor.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Engine options, MPG
Mercedes won’t do much on the mechanics of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS either. The model should again offer three turbocharged engines and standard 9-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive will also come on all models by default.
The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine will provide 362 hp and torque of 369 lb-ft. With the 4.6-liter V-8 under the hood, the GLS can count on 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
The AMG 63 version will get a 5.5-liter V-8 with the capability of producing 577 hp. The torque limit is 561 pound-feet. Mercedes will combine this engine with 7-speed automatic transmission, upgraded suspension and brakes.
As for the fuel economy, the number should stay in the current range. On the combined cycle, the V-6 powered GLS will return 16 mpg, the V-8 version 16 mpg and AMG model 14 mpg.
Release Date, Price
The price range of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS will start from about $70, 000. The model should arrive in Q4 2017.