It’s been a while since the current generation of full-size luxury SUV Mercedes-Benz GLS hit the market. Minor changes are refreshing the lineup every year, but it is time for something bigger. Interior redesign and exterior updates are going to be highlights of the 2020 Mercedes GLS. The new vehicle is being tested, but under heavy covers that hid most of these modifications. Also, the interior is hidden in these prototypes, so we expect a huge overhaul inside. There is no information about the new GLS 63 AMG version, but be sure this model will be under the spotlight when it appears.
The vehicle is not coming any time soon. The German carmaker will take time to develop the new 2020 Mercedes GLS and equip it with latest features and equipment. We listen carefully rumors swirling around this model since there is news about the diesel engine. But, after the big scandal by VW and Audi, buyers are suspicious about these kinds of drivetrains, and companies don’t want to risk. Another possibility is a hybrid drivetrain, but this is a far-fetched story. On the other hand, Ford is preparing such a system for its full-size SUVs, including the high-end Lincoln Navigator.
2020 Mercedes GLS Release Date
The company will give a year off to the GLS full-size premium SUV. But, when it returns for the 2020 season, it will be spectacular. This model will bring everything we expect from it ever since it appeared for the first time – luxury, premium equipment, durable and reliable engine, ultimate high-end AMG version. Although we know what is coming, Mercedes always manages to surprise, even the hardcore fans. Special and unique equipment is making their products distinctive and recognizable. So it is going to be with 2020 Mercedes GLS.
One of the secrets of success is an excellent organization. There are no leaking sources to bring out any detail. Engineers and designers are patiently building the vehicle. Until the release date, we won’t know further from spy photos and a piece of information from official sources. However, since the 2019 model of Mercedes-Benz GLS is probably not coming, the next one for 2020 could come earlier.
New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Spy Shots
The new 2020 Mercedes GLS is out on streets being tested with new parts. As every prototype in its first stages, this full-size SUV is under heavy camouflage panels. Whatsoever, enthusiasts are claiming the new model is not going to change too much outside, but inside. We can only see dimensions of the spotted vehicle, and it seems like MB is using the same platform as before.
Since the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is wearing a suit, anything is possible. Few sources are speculating the new generation is on the way, but this is less likely to happen. But, on the other hand, we can’t be sure until we hear it from Mercedes.
2020 Mercedes GLS Interior Redesign
Spy photos are unveiling further details about the cabin of the SUV. A full-size model is getting a huge touchscreen display. Also, more transparent gauges and three-spoke wheel are spotted in the test mule. These are parts that will probably find its spot in the new 2020 Mercedes GLS.
Everything else is covered. The company hid most of the cabin, but this clearly shows we can expect big changes. New infotainment system and commands between front chairs will get the fresh look and appearance.
The new MBUX, or Mercedes-Benz User Experience, is still fresh. The system was updated for 2018 and we believe the same features will be used next year. However, for 2020 Mercedes GLS a new update will be ready for sure. The speed of innovations is higher than ever. These systems require upgrades every few months, and sometimes weeks. After two years, the new MBUX will be the highlight feature of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV. Of course, Apple and Android services are going to be available in the future.
2020 Mercedes GLS Engine Specs
The 2020 Mercedes GLS will use the same engine lineup. It is almost certain since the new engine would have announcements already. Without such information, the SUV is coming with a 3.0-liter V-6 drivetrain as the base unit. This turbo engine can produce 360 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. The highlight of all new MB vehicles is a nine-speed automatic transmission. It is unbelievable how quick and smooth SUV can shift gears. It is a huge fuel saver, although GLS is not so friendly to gasoline. All-wheel drive is the only available mode.
The other option is a more powerful 4.7-liter unit with 450 hp and 515 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy goes down with high output. The 2020 Mercedes GLS will return 20 mpg combined with a smaller engine and only 16 mpg with V8. The same gearbox is distributing power to all wheels.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 AMG
Top of the class model in future will still be 2020 Mercedes GLS AMG 63 version. It uses a different drive system and we can consider it as a completely independent model. A high-class interior and premium features are making the AMG models the most luxurious in every segment. Another highlight is a 5.5-liter turbocharged V8 engine that puts out 580 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. This V8 also gets a special gearbox – a seven-speed automatic. As regular 450 and 550 SUVs, the AMG 63 uses all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is a major downside. But, when you are paying over $130k for a vehicle, then 15 mpg combined is no such problem.
2020 Mercedes GLS Price
The 2020 Mercedes GLS belongs to the premium class, but not all versions are as expensive as the AMG. A top of the class model is going to cost at least $130,000. Do not be surprised if it goes up to $150,000. The base 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 will carry a $70,000 price tag, without any extras. This is still acceptable for a full-size model, unlike the new 550 version that will go over $100k mark in 2020. Lincoln Navigator and Lexus LX 570 are still more affordable premium SUVs of the similar sizes and equipment.