2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class – A Refreshed Behemoth

Published: 5 November 2015Updated: 6 November 2015

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is technically a new model, but it is still a refreshed and renamed GL-Class. This name change can be seen as the end off Mercedes’ new taxonomic scheme. The car manufacturer has SUVs and crossovers that start with GL- in its name, and then ends with a letter that relates to the vehicle’s size (with S being the largest in the class). However, there’s more to this notion than just some additional letters.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class - A Refreshed Behemoth

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a New and Improved Model

Although the term “new and improved” can be argued to be redundant, it can be seen within the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. For its exterior design, the GLS is only slightly revised. The slimmed-down headlights and bumpers are more closely reminiscent to the GLS’ smaller stablemates. Furthermore, the LED taillights are now a standard instead of an optional purchase. Those who own the GLS550 can opt for a Sport model that gives the vehicle more aggression. However, this fierceness is not so much as the range-topping AMG GLS63.

As for the interiors, the 2017 GLS-Class has now been brought to the 21st century. There is a COMAND infotainment system that has been removed from the dashboard and is now a “floating” tablet. This defines the current M-B interiors. Aside from the infotainment system, there is also an instrument panel, three-spoke steering wheel, and a center console. As a standard GLS design, the vehicle comes with three full rows of seats.

There will be four drivetrain options for those interested in purchasing the 2017 GLS. These are the GLS350d, GLS450, GLS550, and the Mercedes-AMG GLS63. For the GLS350d, it comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine, while the GLS450 comes with a gasoline-powered 3.0-liter six-cylinder model. For the GLS550, the engine is upgraded to that of a 4.7-liter turbocharged eight-cylinder. Lastly, the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 comes with a 577-horsepower, 5.5-liter eight-cylinder.

For the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 model, it comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission. As for the others, they will offer a nine-speed automatic with optional Off-Road Engineering package. These will also include a low-range gearbox as well as a locking center differential.

There are also other changes for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. These include adaptive damping options on the standard air suspension. This will add a number of modes that are selectable to match personal preferences. Overall, the 2017 GLS provides a lot of new features and technologies, while still maintaining the familiar aesthetics of the GLS lineup.


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