We drove the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS last month, we’re now giving you the pros and cons of this SUV.
The Mercedes-Benz comes redesigned this year with added tech that makes it even posher in its quest to charm drivers and their families who want the whole shebang – performances, driving dynamics, technology and a whole lot of space.
The new GLS is offered in a choice of two variants, both of which feature one of MB’s latest tech feat under the hood, the EQ BOOST. First off, the GLS 450 4MATIC is powered by a 362 horsepower 3.0-Liter V6 that delivers 369 lb-ft of torque (plus an extra 21 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque thanks to the EQ Boost).
The second variant is the GLS 580 4MATIC which is propelled by a 4.0-litre V8 engine that gets 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. With the EQ Boost and get a transient-but-whopping 504 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.
What is the EQ Boost?
EQ Boost is a mild hybrid system that uses an integrated starter generator, mounted between the engine and the transmission, that combines a starter motor, an alternator, and an electric motor. It powers an electric auxiliary compressor that virtually eliminated turbo lag, providing more power and torque for short periods. It also powers other electrical systems within the vehicle.
With a starting price of 100 000$ + (the manufacturer hasn’t released the final Canadian pricing yet) this new Mercedes-Benz is not for everybody.
Here is our take on why you should, or shouldn’t buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Why you should buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
- It has plenty of power under the pedal. If the 362 horses under the hood of the GLS 450 4MATIC don’t quench your thirst for riveting accelerations, you can always opt for the sheer power of the GLS 580 4MATIC. Both powerplants being well adapted for city driving and highway cruising, the twin-turbo V8 takes everything up a notch. Either way, you get great, linear performance under the hood, and all managed by the state of the art 9G-TRONIC gearbox that makes everything seamless.
- It has room for passengers (plenty of it). The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS has plenty of room for passengers in all three rows. For instance, second-row occupants get 1065 millimetres of legroom, and third-row passengers get 878 millimetres. Cargo room sits at 355 litres behind the 3rd row. Once the 3rd row folded, space behind the 2nd row grows to 1053 Liters. Press the “all” button from the cargo area, and all seats fold to unveil 2400 Liters.
Not only space is ample for passengers, but they are also spoiled with technology. 2nd row heated, ventilated and massaging seats are available. If you have a large and needy family, the GLS will have plenty of space and comfort to transport it and entertain it.
Why you shouldn’t buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
- The Mercedes-Benz GLS offers a lot of technology and gizmos that might not be useful, but might still be paying for it – depending on the options and packaging you need. Two emplaces in the cabin: the air purifier that lets you choose between different fragrances for the cabin, the confusingly extensive functionalities of the massaging seats. Mechanically, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS comes with pretty impressive off-road capabilities. The E-Active Body Control system comes with a Rocking mode that can get the GLS out of a sand trap thanks to a fast raising and lowering movement of the suspension level, a feature that might only be useful in certain parts of the world.
In the end, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is in a class where everything is permitted. And if the budget is there, you’ll get the best of everything, and then some. Official pricing should be made available soon.