It’s always good to see an unknown prototype. Though, we figure out what’s hiding beneath the camouflage in a few seconds because it’s really hard to mix Mercedes’ flagship SUV with any other SUV. Yes, the testing vehicle you are looking at is actually an early prototype of the completely redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS. Still, you have to know that the new generation large three-row crossover won’t be ready for at least a year, so don’t get excited too much, because the production model won’t share too many details with the testing mule.
Platform and engines
However, it’s important to know that the camouflaged vehicle is using a new platform. It’s the MHA architecture, which will shed a few hounded pounds from the new S-Class SUV. Plus, the lightweight bodywork will be able to accommodate more powertrains as well. There is nothing official regarding the engines, but you can expect a range of gasoline and diesel mills starting from four-cylinders to eight-cylinders. In addition, the carmaker will offer one or two hybrids, while AMG badge should get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in place of the existing 5.5-liter bi-turbo. Every engine will be coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and most of them will use a 4Matic all-wheel drive.
As for the hybrids, some rumors suggest the manufacturer prepares a setup that combines a 3.0-liter gas engine and an electric motor which will deliver around 400 horsepower in total. Still, there is nothing official regarding the powertrain, so we don’t know anything else about it.
Larger body for more space inside
Aside it’s going to be lighter the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS might get a few additional inches in length. Moreover, we are pretty sure that the prototype features longer and wider body, so you can count on more space inside, which will hopefully have the biggest influence on the third row. The cab will receive a huge redesign of course. Mercedes will likely use today’s S-class sedan as a model for the 2019 GLS. That means the SUV is getting more classy treatment that includes plenty of specific details such might be two-tone leather upholstery, and perhaps some wood and aluminum accents, plus, a completely new dashboard, as well as the latest technologies.
According to the latest reports, the redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS will come in Europe first. This means that the U.S. public has to wait until early 2019.