Mercedes actually released the current GLS back in 2011 as the GL Class. Since then the car didn’t really change all that much. It received an update back in 2015 and a new name. However, it now looks like things will get a much sharper turn. While not official, it looks like an entirely new model might be on its way. So far it looks like Mercedes will first release the range-topping models. Even though this update is not really needed, it would actually make a lot of sense for them to update it. Why? Well, Mercedes is now using an entirely new platform across most of their cars. Revamping the GLS to use this new platform would only streamline their manufacturing process. Thanks to that we can expect a new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 faster than anticipated.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 Review
The new platform would allow Mercedes to drop the weight of the car and to create a far better experience than before. For starters, the lighter GLS would be better to drive, safer and more efficient. The car could also get faster and considerably more capable on the road.
These alone should be well worth the upgrade over its predecessor. Taking into account what happened to their other vehicles, it is safe to assume the GLS will not get a longer wheelbase. In fact, the car’s width, length, and height should be pretty much the same as before.
How will it look?
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 will take many design cues from both the current car and from Mercedes’ other vehicles. We can expect an entirely new front end which should take design cues from the brand new E-Class or the future S-Class.
The grille will get larger while the headlights should now become smaller. These will come equipped with LED clusters as standard but only the range-topping models will feature fully LED lit headlights. All the others are likely going to still feature Xenon which is still better than most.
|2018 Mercedes GLS 550||Exterior Dimensions|
|Curb Weight||5.578 lbs|
The bumper is also going to take a less bulky look which is usually the case with cars at this price point. The rear of the GLS, on the other hand, will be quite surprising. The car is likely going to retain the bulkiness that made it famous.
We can expect new tail lights and likely a slightly cleaner-looking bumper. However, the vertical tailgate will remain and its massive windows will do too. These will assure the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 will retain its family-friendly character.
One of the weak points of the current car has to be its cabin. Even though it is far more luxurious than pretty much any other car on the road, it is lacking in terms of technology.
It still features an old infotainment system with poor graphics and a plethora of buttons. All of this will change with the future 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550. The new car will more than likely come equipped with a similar cabin to the latest E or S-Class.
Expect a set of LCD screens instead of the analog instrument cluster and the aging infotainment system. The center stack is also likely going to get wider and less vertical than before.
Thanks to this the car should provide a far better driving experience. Access towards the rearmost seats will also change. This time around people should be able to get in the back on both sides and not just on the right.
Engine and Specs
The car will likely still come equipped with a V8 gasoline engine which has been the case for a while. However, instead of the aging 4.7-liter unit, this time around Mercedes is expected to use a smaller 4.0-liter unit. This will still be a twin-turbocharged V8, but thanks to the far better design, the engine will be more powerful and more efficient.
Most rumors seem to suggest an output of around 470 to 500 horsepower and as much as 530 lb-ft of torque. This is substantially more than before while being smaller, lighter and more efficient. The aging 7 speed automatic will also be gone.
|2018 Mercedes GLS 550||Key Features|
|Engine||4.7L V8 biturbo|
|Cargo Capacity||93.8 cu ft|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||5.2 sec|
In its place, Mercedes will install a brand new 9-speed gearbox which has been previously used on the higher end AMG models. As before, an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring will be standard.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 Price
The Mercedes GLS 550 is not for those with a shallow pocket. This beast on wheels has much to offer to the buyer, but you also need to allocate a fair amount of money if you want to have this car. And how much is that? Well, the price of the 2018 GLS 550 is about $95,000. Is that a lot? Judge for yourself.
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