About 14 years after its predecessor was first introduced in Nigeria as the GL, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS is making its debut in showrooms, bearing attributes that will help it continue to dominate the large-size luxury SUV segment. As Mercedes-Benz’s largest and most luxurious SUV, the GLS pushes the bar even higher thereby living up to its title as the S-Class of SUVs
Information released by Weststar Associates Limited, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, shows that the GLS offers more of everything, including more space, more comfort and more luxury.
Introducing the new kid on the block, Weststar Associates Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mirko Plath, said: “The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a superstar in the SUV segment, and we are proud to unveil the 2020 edition to our customers here in Nigeria. With highlights like EQ Boost, the updated 4MATIC all-wheel drive and Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), we are certainly in for a treat!”
The GLS comes with a more superior presence in comparison to its predecessor, thanks to a larger wheelbase at 3135 mm. The impressive proportions and the long bonnet also underscore the power and presence of the new GLS. The nearly upright radiator grille, the prominent chromed skid plate, and the bonnet with two power domes are key features of the unique exterior design.
Multi-beam LED headlamps come as standard with a total of 112 LEDs per headlamp in the new GLS. The new GLS also comes with up to 23-inch wheels as well as a refined selection of rim designs. The optional panoramic sliding sunroof gives a fascinating sense of freedom as it bathes the interior in a pleasantly bright ambience.
Inside the all-new GLS elegant aesthetics are highlighted with leather appointments as standard. The instrument cluster and media display (2 x 12.3-inch as standard), are housed behind a shared continuous glass surface to form a large free-standing screen. There is a touchpad in the centre console as a further means of controlling many vehicle functions.
The longer wheelbase of the new GLS means there’s more space, especially in the second seat row, which can furthermore be electrically adjusted front and back by 10 cm. There is more leg room in both the second and third seat rows. The easy-entry function, makes it easy to get into and out of the two individual seats in the third row.
The third row has fully fledged seats that are suitable for people up to 1.94 m tall. All rear seats can be folded separately or at the same time with the single touch of a button to create a level loading area in the boot of the GLS with a capacity of up to 2400 liters.
Another key highlight in the all-new GLS is the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system. Some of the upgrades in the new MBUX system include the MBUX Interior Assistant: intuitive support, Augmented reality: additional navigation assistance, and a further advanced “Hey Mercedes” voice control system.
The high standards of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS are evident in its engine line up. The base line GLS 450 features a new electrified in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 48-volt on-board electrical system and integrated starter-generator. This engine has a displacement of about four liters and produces an output of 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with another 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp of additional output temporarily on tap via EQ Boost.
All versions of the new GLS are for the first time equipped with fully variable all-wheel drive (torque on demand, TonD), which regulates the torque split between the front and rear axle from 0-100 % depending on the selected drive mode. With the optional Off-Road Engineering Package, a likewise fully variable all-wheel-drive system with low and high range is available. This makes the GLS more off-road capable than ever.