GL meets S: Mercedes-Benz reveals GLS prices

GL meets S: Mercedes-Benz reveals GLS prices

As it’s range of SUV models now mirrors the sedan line, Mercedes-Benz has announced prices and specification for the GLS seven-seat luxury SUV that arrives in April 2016.

Prices currently remained unchanged despite the considerable changes to the vehicle for the 2016 model year.

Daimler’s New Zealand distribution office says just like its S-Class sedan, the new GLS sets new standards in the world of the SUV, boasting outstanding spaciousness; it combines luxury and comfort, with agile dynamics and best-in-class safety.GLS - Interior

“Mercedes-Benz now offers the most comprehensive SUV range in the New Zealand luxury market, and the new GLS GLS 350 d - 1perfectly complements our existing portfolio,” says Mercedes-Benz New Zealand passenger cars general manager Ben Giffen.

The revised exterior and luxurious interior characterise the new full-size GLS SUV, which offers to seat for up to seven passengers as before.

Outside, the focus has been placed on a AMG GLS 63redesign of the front, while the rear has been modernised primarily in the area of the bumper and tail lights.

Interior highlights include a newly designed instrument panel with semi-integrated Media Display, a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and the modified centre console with the innovative touchpad.

Chrome-look details such as the roof rails, AMG GLS 63 - 1underbody protection, beltline trim strips, luggage compartment handle and side sill trim create attractive highlights of the new line says Mercedes-Benz.

The entry-level GLS 350 d utilises an efficient 3-Litre V6 diesel engine, which produces 190 kW and 620 Nm coupled with a 9G-TRONIC transmission.

In addition to the efficient new transmission, which arrives as standard on all non-AMG models, the new GLS now comes with Comand Online navigation, Apple CarPlayTM, an LED Intelligent Light System, Dynamic Select with 5 driving modes, and 20-inch 10- Spoke wheels, over the previous model.

The GLS 350 d Sport incorporates a newly designed AMG Line Exterior, Active Curve System with active roll stabilisation, Tyre pressure monitoring system and metallic paint as standard. Also, Nappa Leather, an AMG Line Interior and 21-inch AMG wheels arrive as standard equipment over the previous generation’s model.

Producing a maximum output of 335kW and 700Nm from its 4.7L V8 engine, the GLS 500 provides powerful and dynamic driving capabilities in conjunction with the 9G-TRONIC transmission, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Also, to the GLS 350 d model specification, the GLS 500 adds a panoramic glass electric sunroof with slide/tilt function, Luxury Front Seats with heating and ventilation, Heated second row seats, an Anti-theft protection package and a Digital TV tuner.

Completing the range, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 continues to deliver outstanding performance: accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The AMG GLS 63 produces 430 kW of power and 760 Nm of torque from its 5.5L V8 engine.

The AMG variant gains further specification over the GLS 500 including an AMG Driver’s package (top speed increased to 270 kph), and 4MATIC all-wheel drive with 40:60 rear bias.

Also, there is Dynamic Select including Sport+ driving mode, 22” AMG Wheels, AMG Sports Suspension, an AMG High-Performance Brake system, Power closing doors and an Air-Balance package.

The new GLS boasts ample elbow and headroom in all three seat rows.

With its diverse adjustment options, the centre seat row enables a high degree of flexibility in the interior, including a cargo position for optimum use of the luggage compartment.

This seating flexibility provides a volume of 680 to 2300 litres. Also, the GLS offers a maximum load compartment length of 2124 mm and a payload capacity of up to 805 kg.

Driver assistance systems fitted as standard include: Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, Distronic Plus with Stop&Go Pilot, and Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection,

Also, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Safe Plus, Pre-Safe Brake and the electronic all-wheel drive traction system 4ETS.

Night-time vision is improved by the standard LED Intelligent Light System while adverse weather conditions resulting in impaired visibility are diffused by the heated adaptive windscreen wiper system with efficient water distribution (standard on the AMG GLS 63).

The Mercedes-Benz SUV portfolio now extends from the compact GLA and the all-new GLC to the GLE and GLE Coupé, the new GLS, and the iconic G-Class being the grandfather of all the brands SUV models.

Launching in April 2016, the new GLS range is now available for customer order.

The manufacturer’s recommended retail price is as follows:

• GLS 350d 4MATIC-$139,000
• GLS 350d 4MATIC Sport-$160,000
• GLS 500 4MATIC-$198,000
• AMG GLS 63 4MATIC-$238,000

The price detailed is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price (MRRP) for the GLS range.

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