2019 Mercedes GLS-Class 4-liter V8 Review & Changes – This is the flagship model, the GLS, which is fundamentally a facelift and tech upgrade for the GL-Class. Under the new Mercedes labeling scheme, all SUVs will start with “GL” and may have a message at the end which fits their sedan comparable. So based on that reasoning, this is like the S-Class of the offroader world. The top brass is today even contemplating a Maybach version, although that won’t be ready for some time to come.
Compared to the pre-facelift GL, our prototype doesn’t appear very different. It has a new front bumper inspired by the S-Class, enhanced LED headlights and a number of smaller changes about the back. The user profile has not been altered, which is really a bit of an embarrassment.
We’ve discussed the GLS on a number of situations prior to, but anything has evolved in the meantime. The German automaker has shown a hardcore offroader called the G500 4×4 that uses a 4-liter twin-turbo V8. It’s the first time the mill from the C63 is used outside the AMG lineup and we believe it suggests the GLS 500 will downsize from 4.7 liters to just 4.
That might be the only major change to the engine lineup since the “400” model with a new twin-turbo V6 forcing 333 PS was currently launched last year. Of course, should they determine to make a Maybach version as properly, the 6-liter V12 may have to be implemented, even though no prototypes have yet been observed.