Mercedes introduced the new generation GLS SUVApril 18, 2019
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the third generation of the flagship crossover GLS, which was made in accordance with the new design direction of the German brand models. The public premiere of the car took place as part of the motor show in New York.
In general, the new Mercedes-Benz GLS looks like the GLE model, in which the flagship borrowed the modular Modular High Architecture (MHA) platform. The wheelbase of the car with a three-row cabin has increased by 60 mm, up to 3137 millimeters.
The use of the new chassis made it possible to add to the list of options the branded hydropneumatic suspension E-Active Body Control, which works thanks to the onboard 48-volt power supply network. The system is not only capable of scanning the roadway, applying the optimal settings of stiffness depending on the coverage, but can also cause the car to “bounce” to cope with serious off-road.
At the time of the start of sales, the new Mercedes-Benz GLS will be available in versions with indices 450 and 580. The first one was equipped with a three-liter supercharged inline six-cylinder engine, issuing 366 liters. with. and 500 Nm of torque. The top-end Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 is equipped with a four-liter twin-turbo V8, developing 490 forces and 700 newton meters.
Both engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The most powerful crossover is capable of accelerating from standstill to “hundreds” in 5.2 seconds, and its maximum speed is forcibly limited to 210 km per hour.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS received the MBUX infotainment complex, where a 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen is combined with a fully digital dashboard of the same diagonal. The system is able to recognize voice commands, while understanding the “living” language, and some functions can be controlled using gestures.
The seats on all three rows have electric adjustments, and on the central instead of a solid sofa you can install two separate chairs with special tablets, with which you can control the air conditioning system and multimedia.
The crossover is available with five-zone climate control, first and second row heated seats, ventilation and massage, as well as a Burmester audio system, a wireless charging station for mobile gadgets and a smart 64-color interior lighting system.
One of the most interesting functions was a special separate “car wash button”, when pressed, the car will close all the windows and fold the exterior mirrors.
In the list of electronic assistants: a projection display, all-round viewing system, automatic parking attendant, adaptive cruise control with the ability to completely stop, resume movement and automatic lane change, as well as many other functions.
Sales of the flagship crossover Mercedes-Benz GLS new generation will start before the end of this year. Prices will be announced later.
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