Spotlight: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC

For 2017, Mercedes-Benz’s largest 3 row SUV, the GL Class, receives a major mid-cycle refresh. The refresh includes a redesigned exterior, an updated interior with more premium materials and technology, new engine and transmission options, and most importantly, a name change. From now on, the GL Class will be known as the GLS Class, or simply put, “the S Class of the SUV lineup”.


The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class will offer customers a choice of three gasoline engines and one diesel engine. Depending on the engine chosen by the customer, the SUV will either feature a seven-speed or a new, nine-speed automatic transmission.

The base gasoline engine in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class is a 3.0 L BiTurbo V6 with direct injection, which produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb.ft. torque in the GLS 450 4MATIC. The mid-level gasoline engine is a BiTurbo 4.7 L BiTurbo V8, which produces 449 horsepower and 516 lb.ft. torque in the GLS 550 4MATIC.  The top-of-the-range gasoline engine is a handcrafted AMG BiTurbo 5.5 L V8, which produces 577 horsepower (up 20 horsepower compared to the current GL 63 AMG) and 516 lb.ft. torque in the GLS 63 AMG.

An optional BiTurbo 3.0 L V6 diesel produces 255 horsepower and 455 lb.ft. torque in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d 4MATIC.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d 4MATIC, GLS 450 4MATIC, and GLS 550 4MATIC models will be fitted with a new, Mercedes-Benz developed nine-speed, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 AMG will feature a AMG tuned seven-speed, 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. All GLS models equipped with the nine-speed automatic transmission can be equipped with optional low-range gearbox and center locking differential.

To conserve fuel and to reduce emissions while idling at stop lights, all 2017 GLS models will be fitted with standard ECO stop/start function.


The dimensions of the refreshed 2017 GLS Class are unchanged when compared to the current GL Class. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is 202 inches long, 84.3 inches wide with the exterior mirrors included, 72.8 inches tall, and the wheelbase is 121 inches long. The 2017 GLS 63 AMG is 203.2 inches long thanks in part to slightly longer front and rear overhangs.

Options and Packages

Depending on the chosen trim level, the GLS is already well equipped from factory. On the outside, the 2017 GLS includes standard luxury features like chrome roof rails, under-guards, shoulder-line trim strips, luggage compartment handle, and side skirt trim.

The Sport Exterior Package (available on the GLS 550 4MATIC) adds unique front and rear bumpers, side running boards, side flaps painted in body color, and 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. The optional Night Package replaces the bright chrome trim pieces with dark chrome trim pieces.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class offers a host of paint options and includes two Designo colors. The two special colors are the popular Designo Diamond White and new for the GLS Class, Designo Cardinal Red.  

A comprehensive range of new light-alloy wheels are also available.

Inside, the GLS Class has enough room to seat seven adults in utmost luxury and boasts ample elbow and headroom in all three rows of seats. The second row seats, with its diverse adjustment options, enables a high degree of flexibility inside. It also includes a cargo position, which maximizes the luggage compartment space usage. Other interior highlights include a new 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel in Nappa leather, and a new instrument cluster with color media display. The interior can be personalized further with the addition of wood and leather multi-function steering wheel and interior ambient lighting with three shades of color. An air ionization system is also available as an option in the GLS.

The latest generation of COMMAND infotainment system includes a 8-inch color media display screen with intuitive touchpad. Mercedes’s Mbrace services offers an extensive package of free standard and remote online services in the GLS. Standard services  include automatic emergency call, Accident Recovery and breakdown assistance, and after-sales services. 

The remote online services (usable for free for the first five years) allows owners to get access to vital vehicle information like the status of the windows/doors, mileage, tire pressure levels, and other data from anywhere at anytime.

The interior of the GLS Class can be ordered in five color schemes. The leather color schemes are black, ginger beige/espresso brown, saddle brown/black, crystal gray/black, and ginger beige/black. The Designo Exclusive Nappa leather package adds heated comfort front seats with diamond quilting.

The AMG Line interior package adds sports seats in exclusive Nappa leather, a 3-spoke multi-function sports steering wheel in black Nappa leather, graduated instrument dials in checkered flag design, and brushed stainless steel sports pedal with rubber studs.

Safety and Convenience

Like all Mercedes-Benz models, the 2017 GLS Class is equipped with a host of standard active and passive safety features.

Standard driver assistance systems in the 2017 GLS Class include collision prevention assist plus, crosswind assist, and attention assist. Other standard safety features include PRE-SAFE system, brake assist, electronic all-wheel drive traction system electronic stability program (ESP), and cruise control. 

Optional driver assistance package adds DISTRONIC PLUS with steering assist, pre-safe brake assist with pedestrian detection, brake assist plus with cross-traffic assist, active blind-spot assist, active lane keeping assist, and speed limit assist. 

Passive safety features include electronic crumple zones, adaptive, two-stage front airbags, front knee airbags with thorax and pelvis airbags, and three-row side curtain airbags. 

To enhance nighttime driving, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class features new LED intelligent light system and MAGIC VISION CONTROL, which allows the heated adaptive windshield wiper system to evenly distribute the water across the screen for even cleaning and better visibility.


The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class will debut at 2015 Los Angles International Auto Show later this month. Customers can order their GLS starting in December and first deliveries of the GLS in the U.S. will begin in late-March 2016.

Information and Image Source: Mercedes-Benz USA

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