Better cameras for better road-reading capability

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLS will offer a more advanced take on the brand's current Magic Body Control, according to reports from Europe.

According to an interview with chief Maybach engineer, Jurgen Weissinger, in Autocar, the range-topping seven-seater will rely on a new camera system for "better information from rough roads, so that drivers can slide over the road."

Debuting in the S-Class in 2013, the Magic Body Control system uses a windshield-mounted camera to read the road 15 metres ahead of the car and prepare the dampers for upcoming bumps.

Mercedes-Benz actually compared the system to the way a chicken keeps its head level in this entertaining commercial. It's not to be confused with another Mercedes system which leans the car into corners and cuts down on roll.

The report says the GLS will debut at the Los Angeles motor show this November, complete with a special drive mode for chauffeurs.

"We're making a special drive programme, which means the gear changes don't happen too often so that the chauffeur can drive in a very comfortable, luxury way," Weissinger told the UK publication.

"This works without gearshifts and with maximum torque."

When it launches, the GLS is expected to share its platform with the GLE, albeit featuring a longer wheelbase. Power is likely to come from a range of six- and eight-cylinder engines, along with a potential plug-in hybrid model.

Behind the wheel, we'd be shocked if the car didn't offer the dual-screen infotainment system currently available in the E-Class, S-Class and G-Class.

Stay tuned for all the latest on the GLS ahead of its launch.