In a surprise announce, Mercedes-Benz confirms on social media that it is bringing the completely new generation of the GLS to the New York International Auto Show.
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4Matic presented this morning is by no means the only new Mercedes set to shine on the New York auto show floor next week. The German brand has more big news in store, in the literal sense of the word.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the debut of the third-gen GLS full-size SUV. Mercedes-Benz describes the new GLS as “the S-Class among SUVs” and, considering the size of the current GLS, there seems to be no better description of it.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS was created to counteract the Range Rover, but it is also facing a brand new opponent, the BMW X7. The third generation of the Mercedes GLS is growing even more in lenght and has a wheelbase that is 6 centimeters larger than the current model – that means that the SUV extends between the front and rear axles over a distance of 3.14 meters. Note that the wheelbase of the GLS will soon be larger than that of the extended Range Rover. The English SUV now has a 3.12 meters wheelbase.
Furthermore, the GLS will undoubtedly get the clever E-Active Body Control system that we know from the GLE. In the long term, Mercedes-Benz will even come up with a Maybach version.
Speaking to Autonews Europe, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler declared that “bringing the Maybach brand to the new GLS is pretty opportune”, while the Mercedes-Maybach GLS will act as the flagship of its North American range, a “halo car”. “And I think it’s a really, really good strategy. A fair amount of the population is doing well, so luxury sales will stay very strong. There is room for this subbrand.”