The S-Class among SUVs. First test drive of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS

The S-Class among SUVs. First test drive of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS

Official representative of Mercedes-Benz in Ukraine, the company “Avtokapital” (structural subdivision of UkrAVTO Corporation) introduces the new Mercedes-Benz GLS – the largest and most luxurious model series from Mercedes-Benz-class SUV.

The new GLS was presented at the new York auto show, which took place in April 2019. And the first test drive for the media was held in June in Utah, USA. Mercedes-Benz produces its premium SUV in the US since 1997, since the presentation of the first M-Class. In 2006 he started to offer a full-sized version of the GL with a capacity of seven persons, and held in 2015 restyling highlighted the luxurious nature of the second-generation GLS.

Being a S-Class among car segment GLS SUV new truly pampers its passengers. The most important of increases the comfort of advantages:

  • MBUX entertainment system for rear cabin: two display with touch screen diagonal of 11.6 inch for watching movies, listening music and Internet surfing.
  • The comfort package for rear compartment Plus a separate tablet to control all contributing to the comfort and entertainment functions of the system MBUX for passengers.
  • Electric adjustment for all seats on all variants, as well as the Easy-Entry system to facilitate the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers with the third row seats.
  • Simplified folding all the rear seats at the touch of a button.
  • Use the second row or General, triple rear seat, or two individual of comfortable seats with armrests.
  • Two full seats in the third row.
  • Heated seats and a separate USB-charging port on the third row of seats.
  • System 5-zone automatic climate control.

The new GLS is bigger and more spacious. At length he is 5207 mm (77 mm) in width 1956 mm (+ 22 mm). The second row became even more spacious by increasing the wheelbase by 60 mm (up to 3135 mm).

A high level of comfort for all passengers is ensured by electric seat adjustment for each of the three rows of the vehicle. Also, for the first time offered a six-seater variant where the second row consists of two individual seats high comfort. If desired, to increase the Luggage space is possible up to 2400 liters. All that is necessary is to omit the third row that disappears into the floor of the trunk electrically, and the seats of the second row is folded, thereby creating a flat surface.

In car 580 GLS 4MATIC first installed-electric V8 engine with a 48-volt system, called EQ Boost and an integrated starter generator.

Active E suspension-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL on the basis of 48-volt network offers excellent driving comfort, sporty handling and high off-road capability. The car is a GLS, and GLE, it offers assistance systems Mercedes-Benz the latest generation, in order to provide the driver with the cooperation with him. The new system 4MATIC provides high manoeuvrability on the road and excellent performance on the roads. In relation to the aerodynamics of the new GLS impressive for its segment result – values from a CX of 0.32. Updated the help function in an automatic car wash. The car one button to prepare for the entrance to the auto wash.

Exterior design

Modern luxury on the road and beyond – that is the design message of the new GLS.

The front end draws attention to a vertically disposed radiator grille in an octagonal interpretation and chrome-plated underbody protection on the front bumper. This bold look is enhanced by day and at night by headlamp. New GLS on a serial basis, equipped with MULTIBEAM LED headlights, each of which consists of 112 LEDs. They provide the maximum allowed by the legislation of the intensity of illumination. This means that the brightness of the beam falls below the reference value of 1 Lux at the distance of over 650 meters. Daytime running lights of the three led segments indicate the status of GLS car like the S-Class among SUVs.

The car has the indicator of aerodynamic resistance CX 0,32, thereby demonstrating significant progress compared to its predecessor (which CX = 0,35) and a great result for the segment of large Executive cars class SUV. Good aerodynamics, on the one hand, helps to save fuel, and with another – limits the generated airflow noise, the minimization of which focused engineers.

Interior design

The interior of the new GLS unites the comfort of an Executive sedan Mercedes-Benz with features of SUVs.

Large touch screen infotainment system MBUX allows you to manage all features that enhance comfort, directly from the driver’s seat. New sports multifunction steering wheel with its spectacular spokes emphasizes the impressiveness of the interior of this SUV.

When equipped with the GLS five-zone control automatic climate control on the third row of seats had its own area with the air vents located in the ceiling region. This area is serviced by its own electric air conditioner working as heating and cooling.


In Ukraine now there are two options of engine for pre-order. Both the diesel variant of GLS are driven by six-cylinder in-line unit OM 656. Motor will be available in two capacity variants – GLS 350 d 4MATIC with a capacity of 210 kW (286 HP) and torque of 600 N?m (fuel consumption combined:7,9-7,6 l/100 km) and GLS 400 d 4MATIC with a capacity of 243 kW (330 HP) and torque of 700 N?m (fuel consumption combined: 7,9-7,6 l/100 km)

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is already available for order in Ukraine from 2 091 000 UAH*. The first cars are expected in the fall of 2019.

*Suggested retail price on a new Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d as 24.06.2019 VAT.

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