Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed pricing and specifications for the all-new GLS SUV line-up, ahead of first deliveries arriving in December.
Two variants will be available at launch – the GLS450 and the GLS400d – both six-cylinder units, one petrol and one diesel.
Pricing kicks off at $144,600 plus on-road costs for the GLS450, powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six developing a healthy 270kW and 500Nm, while also featuring the marque's 'EQ Boost' 48V mild-hybrid technology which can provide up to 16kW and 250Nm for short bursts. Fuel consumption is rated at 9.2L/100km on the combined cycle.
Drive is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes the AMG Line exterior package, leather upholstery, seven seats, power-adjustable multi-contour front seats with heating and ventilation, MBUX infotainment with navigation and live traffic updates, a 590W 13-speaker Burmester sound system, head-up display, and four-zone climate control.
Other highlights include a sliding panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate, power-closing doors, 21-inch five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels, nine airbags, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, a 360-degree camera, lane-keep and lane-change assist, blind-spot assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new GLS has grown by 77mm in length, 22mm in width and 60mm in wheelbase.
As a result, Mercedes-Benz says there's enough space in the second row to comfortably accommodate passengers up to 200cm tall (paging Scott Collie), while the third row can "easily accommodate" passengers up to 194cm tall.
"With all three rows of seating in use, luggage capacity is 355 litres (+20 litres over the preceding generation) when loaded to the top of the backrest. Cargo capacity rises to 890 litres with the third row folded, and an impressive 1470 litres with all rear seats stowed away. Loaded to the roof, those capacity figures are 470, 1350 and 2400 litres respectively," the company says.
When specified with the $1900 Towbar Package, the GLS wears a 3500kg max towing capacity, and features trailer stabilisation technology.
Specification for the GLS400d (from $151,300 plus on-road costs) mirrors that of the six-cylinder petrol model, with the obvious exception of the powertrain.
Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre inline six turbo-diesel outputting 243kW and 700Nm, also teamed with a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Fuel consumption for the oiler drops to 7.7L/100km on the combined cycle (claimed).
The local range will offer 10 different exterior paint options, three leather colours, two open-pore wood finishers, and three different AMG alloy wheel designs from the standard 21-inch rims to the optional (and huge) 23-inch package.
An Off-Road Engineering Package ($3500) will also be available, bringing fully-variable all-wheel drive, low-range gearing for the automatic gearbox, variable torque distribution, hill descent control, and an off-road drive mode. There's also underbody protection as part of the option pack.
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS pricing and specs
- GLS450 - $144,600
- GLS400d - $151,300
All prices exclude on-road costs