The renaming of the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup is now complete with the arrival of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS, which is a refreshed version of the existing GL-Class. Sitting above the GLA, GLC, and GLE models, the new nomenclature is meant to connect Mercedes-Benz’s largest SUV with the flagship S-Class sedan.
Most of the visual tweaks to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS are minor, and consist of a freshened face with reshaped headlights and a more prominent front grille. The taillights are revised too, and there’s a bit more chrome trim sprinkled throughout. On the inside, the seven-seat GLS gets the latest Comand infotainment system along with a new steering wheel and some different colors and trim finishes. Other changes under the skin include different tuning for the optional air suspension and an improved suite of available active safety features.
When the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS goes on sale next March, it will offer a nearly identical engine lineup to the outgoing GL class. The GLS350d uses a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6; the GLS450 has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline V-6; and the GLS550 has a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8. All models now use a nine-speed automatic, and the GLS350d and GLS550 both gain a bit of horsepower, with the diesel version now making 255 hp and the V-8 version making 449 hp (the V-6 GLS450 continues on with 362 hp). The top-dog Mercedes-AMG GLS63 also sticks around, with its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that now makes 577 hp, but still uses a seven-speed automatic.
Don’t expect pricing to change too much from the current Mercedes-Benz GL, which starts at $65,475 for the diesel and ranges up to $122,025 for the powerful GL63. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS will make its official debut in a few weeks at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show.