Prototypes for the next generation of 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS have been spotted for the first time, suggesting a smoother but still imposing design for the automaker’s larger SUV offering. Mercedes was smart to enter the full-size SUV segment ten years ago with the original GL class. The second-generation model currently on sale has been renamed GLS.
Still wearing a lot of camouflage to conceal its stylistic changes, the new GLS rolls on the German automaker’s MHA platform, which is expected to bring improvements in several areas. For starters, the architecture will lose some of the weight of the full-size SUV, with an increasing interior space for passengers, especially in the last row. In addition, the platform will allow Mercedes to use a variety of different powertrains on the GLS, including hybrid configurations and the company’s new six-cylinder in-line engines. There will of course also AMG variants high performance.
Rumor has it that Mercedes wants to make the new GLS even more luxurious with a Mercedes-Maybach version, similar to that offered on the S-Class. This gives Mercedes a real competitor to other ultra-luxury SUVs on the market, like the Range. Rover SVAutobiography LWB and Bentley Bentayga. Look for standard GLS models to rival other Range Rover offerings and the upcoming BMW X7.
Doing this thing is a battery (probably produced from lithium-ion) with a capacity of over 70 kWh. This battery powers two electric motors (one for the front axle and one for the rear axle), which together consume 300 kW (402 hp) and 700 nM (516 lb-ft of torque). Chances are Mercedes will also offer lower trim levels with less output and a lighter MSRP.
Based on the schedule of spy photos, it is likely that the new Mercedes GLS will debut next year.