The company’s largest SUV receives design, technology, and powertrain updates.
The new GLS will be offered in four versions, including AMG and Maybach models.
First deliveries should take place later this year in North America.
Mercedes-Benz has just announced the refreshed 2024 GLS, a more modern version of its largest SUV ever.
As with most mid-cycle refreshes, changes for the 2024 GLS are relatively minor and include a revised front end, more technology, and modifications to the powertrains.
In terms of appearance, the 2024 GLS receives a few updates that bring it more in line with the rest of the recent Mercedes SUVs, most notably a larger grille with four silver louvres, a more prominent front bumper with integrated air inlets, and a new lower bumper guard.
At the rear, new LED taillamps that incorporate three lighted blocks provide a more distinctive visual signature to the GLS. The rest of the exterior appearance of this three-row SUV is mostly unchanged in regular GLS 450 4MATIC and GLS 580 4MATIC trim.
The top-of-the-line Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 also offers a new optional 23-inch wheel design in addition to its standard chrome vertical grille and lower air inlets.
The more dynamic Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 distinguishes itself with the help of 21, 22, or 23-inch wheels, red brake callipers, and AMG logo on the hood, and new LED taillamps.
Moving inside, the 2024 GLS continues to offer seating configurations for six or seven passengers but two new upholstery hues can be ordered, as well as a new wood veneer option. Also new are the piano black flowing lines and the silver shadow finish on the air vents, both items that were previously exclusive to the Maybach model.
Speaking of the Maybach GLS 600, this version now features an ambient lighting system that can project the Maybach logo, a new upholstery design with diamond quilting, and exclusive finishes for the leather and wood trims.
The AMG version offers many of the same updates to the interior, such as the availability of a new type of wood appliqués, new leather hues, a unique steering wheel, and AMG-specific pages in the infotainment system.
The standard equipment of this version of the GLS also includes many more items, such as wireless smartphone integration, ventilated front seats, automatic high beams, the selectable active exhaust, a 360-degree camera system, the Burmester sound system, and a panoramic sunroof.
Other technologies such as the MBUX augmented video function, and the Driver Assistance Plus package are available.
Every 2024 Mercedes GLS also benefits from a revised MBUX infotainment system that includes new looks for the displays which can be tailored for every drive mode. In Off-road mode, the surround-view monitor now offers a “Transparent hood view” which helps the driver see obstacles that are hidden from inside the vehicle.
Under the hood
The 2024 Mercedes GLS continues to offer the same four mild-hybrid powertrain choices as it did in 2023, but most of them receive a boost of power for the new model. The standard GLS 450 4MATIC is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six engine that delivers 375 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, up 13 horsepower from before.
The 4.0L twin-turbo V8 found under the hood of the other models also sees a boost of power in the GLS 580 4MATIC version, generating 510 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque instead of the 2023’s 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft.
In both the Maybach GLS 600 and the AMG GLS 63, this same engine keeps the same output as before: 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque in the Maybach, and 624 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque in the AMG.
The AMG GLS 63 also includes the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ active suspension that received a few software updates in order to increase comfort and reduce body roll around corners.
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS will reach dealerships in North America toward the end of the year, which means pricing information should be released in the coming months.