There are hundreds of rumors surrounding the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS, least of all is that it could be badged as a Maybach, making it a super luxury range topping SUV, going head to head with the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic and the yet to be launched Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Mercedes-Benz are targeting high growth areas and markets for the new GLS, these are said to include China, North America and Russia, basically, wherever Merc thinks people have the money to spend on such luxury.
2019 Mercedes GLS Release date
Mercedes have released little information regarding the future 2019 Mercedes GLS class, we’ve had a few teasers here and there, but that’s about it.
We think that due to the nature of the new model, Merc won’t be in a position to release the new GLS until the second quarter of 2019, with perhaps a debut at one of the larger auto shows toward the end of 2018.
2019 Mercedes GLS release date: Q2 2019
2019 Mercedes GLS Price
The only pricing information we’ve been able to find for the new model is a United Kingdom Pounds Sterling price, which was in the region of £150,000. If that prices converts straight to dollars, we’ll see a price around $187,000; we’re talking pure luxury money. In reality, the U.S. prices are generally lower than the UK, so we’d guess a $160,000 starting price.
2019 Mercedes GLS Redesign and Changes
Starting under the hood, the rumor has it that the base model will be fitted with a 4.0 liter V8 gasoline engine, with twin turbochargers, while the flagship will have a 6.0 liter V12 twin turbo. Of course, we have no power figures at the moment. It’s likely that the engine (whichever fitted) will be mated to a 9-speed auto transmission, and the 4MATIC four-wheel drive system will standard on all models, as will the Air Body Control air suspension system.
The Maybach Mercedes GLS will be based upon the third generation GLS platform, but will have an extended wheelbase, giving more room inside, despite only having two rows of seating.
Styling will draw on elements of the Maybach 6 Coupe shown at the Pebble Beach Concourse show back in 2016, but it’s likely that there will be a unique front grille and headlamp / tail lamp arrangement, specifically for this GLS.
Weight will be kept to a minimum with the use of lightweight materials such as high strength steel, aluminum and composites such as carbon fiber.
The interior will be super luxurious; high grade leather and wood trim accents will be plentiful, making the cabin a place of peace, harmony and luxury.