The new GLS is Mercedes-Benz’s largest and most luxurious SUV and, above all, offers more space, comfort and luxury. Nasser Bin Khaled (NBK) Automobiles, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, has said the SUV is now available at the Mercedes-Benz showroom on Salwa Road.
“The confident presence of its exterior stems from its impressive dimensions, which are even larger than those of its predecessor. One of the benefits of the 60mm longer wheelbase is interior spaciousness, especially in the second row. The three fully electrically adjustable seat rows offer all passengers a generous amount of space and outstanding seating comfort. The seats in the third row can be lowered into the floor to increase the boot space (up to 2,400 litres), while the seats in the second-row fold flat,” NBK Automobiles has said in a statement.
Celebrating its world premiere in the GLS 580 4MATIC is an electrified V8 engine featuring EQ Boost - a 48-volt system with integrated starter-generator.
The E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension on 48-volt basis offers outstanding suspension comfort, agile handling and a high degree of off-road capability. Like the GLE, the GLS features the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems giving cooperative support to the driver.
As the S-Class of SUVs, the new GLS indulges its passengers, especially those in the rear seat. The key comfort features include MBUX Rear Seat Entertainment System, Rear Comfort Package Plus, Electrically adjustable seats throughout as standard, as well as the Easy- Entry function, simple folding-down of all rear seats at the push of a button, two fully fledged seats in the third row (for people up to 1.94m tall), heated seats and separate USB charging ports for the third row, too, and five-zone automatic climate control.
Modern luxury both on and off the road: that is the design message of the new GLS. Its aesthetics are based on the confident presence that its impressive dimensions alone create (length 5,207mm, width 1,956mm).
The front section of the new GLS exudes presence and power: this is ensured by the upright radiator grille in an octagonal SUV interpretation, the prominent, chrome-plated underguard in the front apron with the bone-shaped air inlet grille, and the bonnet with two powerdomes.
The GLS cuts an imposing figure from the rear, as well, particularly with the powerful shoulder muscle extending from the rear doors to the tail lights.
The large touchscreen of the MBUX infotainment system allows all the GLS comfort features to be controlled from the driver’s seat. The new multifunction sports steering wheel with its striking spoke design accentuates the impressive appearance of the SUV’s interior.
All seats are electrically adjustable as standard. The same applies to the EASY-ENTRY function, which makes it easy to get into and out of the two individual seats in the third row. For this, the seats in the second row move a long way forwards and fold forwards.
Luxury in the new GLS is shared generously among all passengers, particularly if the Rear Comfort package Plus is ordered. It includes a 7-inch Android tablet in its own docking station in the second row’s larger luxury centre armrest.
The GLS is equipped with the latest generation of the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Upgrades include two large 12.3-inch/31.2cm screens.
The high aspirations of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS are likewise clearly apparent in its engine line-up. Powerful six and eight-cylinder engines deliver the motoring comfort and effortlessly superior power that suit the characteristics of this luxurious car.
The GLS 450 4MATIC, with a six-cylinder in-line engine electrified with 48-volt technology, demonstrates impressive performance data: 270kW (367hp) and 500Nm of torque, with a further 250Nm of torque and 16kW/22hp available via EQ Boost over short periods. Further, the V8 engine in the GLS 580 4MATIC will mark the world premiere of a new, electrified V8 petrol engine with 48-volt on-board electrical system and integrated starter-generator. It has an output of 360kW (489hp) and 700Nm of torque, with a further 250Nm of torque and 16kW/22hp available via EQ Boost over short periods.
In all variants of the new GLS, power is transmitted by the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
The off-road functions include recovery mode. If the GLS has bogged down in a sand dune, for example, this can help free the vehicle more easily.
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