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Spyshots: 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Has The Right Size For a Three-Row SUV

If we take a look at the current Mercedes-Benz lineup, the GLS badge stands out as being a little ironic. Sure, we might be talking about a model that's described as the "S-Class of SUVs", hence the nameplate, but the recent facelift received by the crossover didn't manage to help the car mask its aging signs.
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Nevertheless, the German engineers are currently out there, testing the next-generation GLS and we are now bringing you the first spyshots of the three-row model.

The GLS, which will rival machines such as the Range Rover and the still-testing BMW X7, looks large enough to fit its family hauling purpose. Nevertheless, you shouldn't let the heave cladding and the tons of camouflage on this prototype trick you into believing that the full-size SUV will be anything other than a stylish proposal.

Underneath the skin, we'll find the new MHA platform of the automaker, which is set to bring improvements on multiple fronts. For one thing, the architecture will bring a noticeable weight saving, while its intelligent packaging means that, for instance, the passengers using the seats located in the trunk should enjoy proper accommodation.

Of course, the platform will also allow the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS to deliver serious hybrid powertrains, while the new inline-six motors of the three-pointed star are set to become the norm. Those seeking to fully enjoy the SUV will be able to choose between Mercedes-AMG and non-Affalterbach V8 powerplants, with the first set to be offered in two output versions, as with the rest of the automaker's "63" models.

The rumor mill also talks about the new GLS getting a similar Mercedes-Maybach treatment as that offered for the S-Class. The resulting machine will be a competitor for the Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB and the Bentley Bentayga.

Given the timing of these spyshots, we should see the new Mercedes-Benz GLS debuting in 2019.

 
 
 
 
 

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