2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Review

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is a result of ‘luxury meets herculean power.’ As part of a mid-cycle upgrade, the 2017 GLS-Class brings a new-gen styling with a revved-up performance. All of these changes not only live up to the company’s moniker but also help in carving out a niche in the respective segment by competing against Lexus RX and Volvo XC90.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS front

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Design Changes:

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS sets the mark of 7 passenger SUVs a class apart with its premium styling. Here are some of the design factors that make this new Mercedes-Benz GLS stand out from the crowd: This model is equipped with LED lighting on both headlights and taillights. The new active LED daytime running lights on the headlights to draw attention as it runs angular to the HID projectors.

With the availability of a range of choices for wheels, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS caters versatile styling. 21-inch cross-spoke titanium wheels come as standard while 22-inch multi-spoke polished cast alloy wheels come as optional. This new GLS Class will come in various exterior color options including Cardinal Red Metallic, Diamond Silver Metallic, Selenite Grey Metallic, Polar White, Obsidian Black and also a Dakota Brown.

The in-cab is just as fascinating (considering the amount of dedication that’s put in). This cabin boasts of features like interchangeable seats (with split-fold), 8-inch COMMAND® infotainment and rear-seat DVD entertainment.  

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS interior

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Engine and Performance:

There are 3 engine options for this new-gen Mercedes-Benz GLS.

The base model of Mercedes-Benz GLS 2017 gets a 3.0 L V6 twin-turbocharged engine that is dedicated to producing 362 HP at 5,500 to 6,000 RPM and 369 lb-ft torque at 1,800 to 4,500 RPM. This engine pairs with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission along with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive. There’s even an ECO Start-Stop system which helps improving on efficient fuel consumption, Speaking of which, fuel economy checks at 23 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway/ 20 mpg combined. Similarly, towing capacity tops out at 7,500 lbs.

There’s another engine for a higher power; the 4.7 L Bi-Turbo V8. The Mercedes has tuned up this engine to produce 449 HP at 5,250 to 5,500 RPM and 516 lb-ft torque at 1,800 to 3,500 RPM. The torque of this engine is focused towards lower dynamics as the max towing capacity checks at 7,500 lbs.

Lastly, the range-topping engine – a 5.5 L AMG Bi-Turbo V8 comes optional (standard in AMG GLS63) as it has the highest outputs – 577 HP at 5,500 RPM and 561 lb-ft torque at 5,250 RPM.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS side

Safety Technology and Price:

This new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is designed to be a highly safe vehicle as well. Some of the safety features that come standard in this luxury SUV include Stability and Traction Control, Multi-stage airbags, Forward Collision Alert, Adaptive Damping System, Safety Belt Pre-tensioners (with occupancy sensor) and crumple zone layout (with Side Impact Beams).

For 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS, the German automakers have presented 3 different trims which have their respective pricing. The listing goes:

  • GLS450 SUV – $69,000.
  • GLS550 SUV – $93,000.
  • AMG GLS63 SUV – $122,000

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