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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a significant upgrade for what was previously knew as the GL-Class. As part of a nomenclature change sweeping the entire brand, each of the German luxury maker's sport-utility vehicles has received new badging and a full or partial makeover to bring the lineup into more obvious parallels with its sedans—so this large, three-row SUV becomes the GLS, to align it with the largest S-Class sedan.
It might not be the S-Class of SUVs yet, but it's close. It's essentially the same size and the same package as before, but the largest utility vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz lineup gets some significant updates—including new front and rear styling, new infotainment features, updated cabin appointments,and new nine-speed automatic transmissions. There are still four powertrain options: a diesel, two gasoline engines, and the even quicker AMG GL63 performance model at the top of the lineup. They are, respectively, the GLS 350d 4Matic (all-wheel drive), GLS 450 4Matic, GLS 550 4Matic, and the AMG GLS63.
The updated front-end appearance falls right into line with those of other current Mercedes-Benz vehicles; the front-end look is bolder up at the top—more emphatic is a good way to put it—with the large three-pointed star, a chunkier grille with two-bar "wings" on either side of a larger three-pointed star, and a more drawn-back look to the air dam, plus fenders that are more expressively sculpted. Inside, the refresh is modest but noticeable. The infotainment screen now stands atop the middle of the dash, as it does in many other models from the brand, although it’s not quite the complete, cohesive, flowing remake that’s been given to the C-Class sedans and their GLC-Class crossover counterparts. Finishes have been upgraded, including several new upholstery options, and the general ambience of the cabin is a step up.
Starting at the bottom of the lineup, the GLS350d is powered by the automaker’s familiar 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine, making 255 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. For now the entry-level gasoline model is a GLS450, with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 producing 362 hp and 369 lb-ft. The GLS550 is the higher-performance option, and it makes 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft from its 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. Serious driving enthusiasts who want a practical three-row utility vehicle in the garage will go for the top-performance GLS63, with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 577 hp and 561 lb-ft.
The nine-speed automatics have brought slight boosts to both performance and the official EPA ratings. The GLS 350d (diesel) will likely remain one of the efficiency kings of its segment—especially in real-world highway driving--with a rating of more than 20 mpg combined.
The packaging of the GLS carries over from the GL. Either SUV is one of the few that provides real, adult-size seating space in all three rows (although that third row can require a bit of agility to get to). In front, passengers can ride on ventilated seats with a massage function. The second-row seats can be heated, and folded down with optional power assistance. The best trick these models have is their flip-and-fold feature. The power-folding third-row seats stow for more cargo space, giving almost 100 cubic feet with second and third rows folded down--not quite as much as a long-wheelbase Escalade, but for considerably better for passengers who aren't riding atop a live rear axle.
Mercedes continues to offer an Off-Road Engineering package in the GLS that boosts ride height from the usual 8.5 inches up to a full foot. Tow ratings haven’t been released yet either, yet the outgoing GL can pull up to 7,500 pounds.