Cosmetic interior and exterior packages freshen up the big SUV.

Some would say the GLS is beginning to show its age, especially when you take a look at its center console incorporating a multitude of buttons. In an attempt to inject some pizzazz into one of its oldest models, Mercedes has decided to give the large-and-in-charge SUV the special edition treatment, which essentially consists of exterior and interior packages.

Starting on the outside, the GLS Grand Edition sits on 20-inch alloy wheels that come with a 10-spoke design and are finished in black with a high-sheen treatment. Several hues for the body are available and Mercedes will also throw in the compulsory badges adorning the front fenders to denote it’s not a run-of-the-mill GLS. You can have the exterior pack separately for a cool €2,300 in Germany.

More changes have occurred inside the cabin where the luxury SUV gets a fancy porcelain / espresso brown theme available exclusively on the Grand Edition. Those comfy seats are wrapped in nappa leather with unique diamond quilting, along with brown seams and what Mercedes refers to as Budapest-design piping, also reserved for this GLS.

Even more nappa leather has been used to cover the upper section of the dashboard and it blends nicely with the open-pore trim with light stripes only the Grand Edition can have. Rounding off the niceties are the velour floor mats finished in espresso brown as well as the ambient lighting. Mercedes wants €5,950 for the interior pack.

Customer can get the GLS Grand Edition in the 350d and 400 six-cylinder versions or can upgrade to the beefier GLS 500 fitted with a V8. All of them come as standard with all-wheel drive.

Those who would rather patiently wait for the all-new GLS should know it will likely arrive sometime in 2019. It has already been caught by the spy camera and should spawn a hybrid version, if not right away, then later into the life cycle.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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Exclusive colour combination in the interior: GLS available as Grand Edition

Fuel consumption combined: 11.3–7.7 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 264-190 g/km*

A highly luxurious interior with an exclusive colour combination, a dashboard all in nappa leather and unique wood trim plus 50.8 cm (20-inch) 10-spoke light-alloy wheels are the hallmarks of the Grand Edition of the GLS immediately available for ordering (fuel consumption combined: 11.3–7.7 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 264-190 g/km). Customers have a choice of an Interior and an Exterior package, which also combine to perfection. The special models will reach the showrooms from March 2018.

The highlights in the interior include the fine colour combination porcelain/espresso brown, which is only available in this edition. The seats in designo nappa leather boast exclusive diamond quilting, seams in mid brown and special Budapest-design piping. The dashboard and upper section are in nappa leather. The open-pore trim Radiant lime with light stripes is an exclusive feature. The standard specification also includes an ambiance light and velour floor mats in espresso brown. The Interior package costs 5950 euros[1].

A strikingly sporty look on the exterior comes courtesy of 50.8 cm (20-inch) 10-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted black with a high-sheen finish. As standard the Grand Edition models boast appropriate badges on the sides of the wings. The price for the Exterior package is 2300 euros1.

The Grand Edition models at a glance:


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[1] Non-binding recommended price for Germany including 19% VAT.