2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 d review
Source : 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 d review
Previously the GL, at of which point the GLS, we drive the diesel variation of Mercedes’ large SUV, facelifted for 2015. Does the item do enough to worry the class best? The Mercedes-Benz GLS is actually a facelifted variation of the second-generation GL of which has been on sale within the UK since 2012. First revealed at the Los Angeles show, the item is actually planned to reach UK showrooms in March 2016, with prices starting at £69,100 for the entry-level GLS350d 4Matic driven here as well as also also rising to £102,330 for the range-topping GLS63 4Matic.The brand-new GLS name aims to provide the big seven-seat SUV with some of the upmarket cachet already associated with the S-Class. the item rounds out the renaming of Mercedes-Benz‘s SUV line-up, in which the GLK has become the GLC as well as also also the ML is actually at of which point known as the GLE. Key among the rivals for the brand-new style is actually the recently introduced second-generation Audi Q7 as well as also also the three-year-old Range Rover.Along with the brand-new name, the GLS receives a series of subtle external surfaces styling modifications, most prominent among them being a brand-new grille featuring an oversized three-pointed star as well as also also twin-blade adornment. There’s also a brand-new front bumper, altered headlight graphics, brand-new tail-light lenses, a revised rear bumper as well as also also brand-new wheels – those on the GLS350d being 18in in diameter as well as also also shod with 265/60 tyres.The mild styling revisions continue inside, where the GLS adopts an upgraded dashboard featuring a free-standing 7in infotainment monitor, altered instrument graphics as well as also also a brand-new multi-function steering wheel. As with the GL, the GLS comes with seven seats as standard.Among the brand-new connectivity features is actually the optional Comand Online system. the item uses an 8in infotainment monitor as well as also also provides wireless LAN hotspot functionality via LTE networks when available. With of which system, buyers receive a series of remote services for a period of three years, including a function of which allows you to check on the status of the windows, doors, mileage, tyre pressures as well as also also additional diagnostic data remotely. The standard engine line-up includes both carry-over as well as also also upgraded petrol as well as also also diesel units. Each provides enhanced fuel economy as well as also also reduced CO2 emissions due to the adoption of a brand-new nine-speed automatic gearbox in place of the older seven-speed unit.In selected markets buyers will be able to select between two petrol engines: a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 developing 328bhp within the GLS400 4Matic, as well as also also a twin-turbocharged 4.7-litre V8 within the GLS500 4Matic of which produces 20bhp more than before at 449bhp. within the UK, however, Mercedes-Benz is actually concentrating its sales efforts around the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine used by the GL350 CDI. the item continues to produce 255bhp within the GLS350d 4Matic.The top engine is actually an AMG-produced, twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 within the GLS63 4Matic. the item delivers 577bhp – 27bhp more than its predecessor – as well as also also 560lb ft, as the item did before. Unlike the standard engines available with the brand-new GLS, the item continues to be mated to an updated variation of AMG’s seven-speed, Speedshift automatic gearbox.Buyers can specify the GLS with an upgraded Dynamic Select system of which offers up to six driving programs including Comfort, Slippery, Sport, Individual, Off-road as well as also also, in versions equipped with the off-road package, Off-Road Plus.of which last mode activates the low-range gearing as well as also also centre differential, as well raising the ride height to provide 306mm of ground clearance, along which has a fording depth of 600mm.
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