These days Mercedes-Benz’s naming conventions for crossovers and SUVs follows that of the sedans, which everyone understands pretty well. There’s the GLA, the GLC and the GLE, in that order. That follows that there should be an S-Class of SUVs as well, and this is it: the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The GLS name was first attached to what used to just be called the GL-Class back in 2016. This is the first all-new car to bear that name. As these things go, it’s longer and wider than the car it replaces, and is currently the largest SUV Mercedes makes.
Design-wise it’s a bit on the bland side, I think, and to me doesn’t really scream “SUV S-Class.” Then again, this thing competes with the BMW X7, and visually compared to that it’s a damn Jaguar E-Type.
Two models will launch in the U.S.: the GLS 450 4MATIC with a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six (remember, Benz is back to doing those) and the GLS 580 4MATIC, with a twin-turbo V8. The six is rated at 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and the V8 is rated at 483 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Both include Mercedes’ 48-volt mild hybrid system (read more about those here) called EQ Boost. That system includes an integrated starter generator to run the E-Active Body Control suspension, the complex electronics and to add a boost in power and torque to the engine.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but it goes on sale at the end of the year.