This will likely be the final look at the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class in camouflage because the production model will debut at the New York Auto Show on April 17. The model will be the most luxurious SUV in the brand's ranks, at least until the inevitable Maybach variants arrive.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Spy Shots
Mercedes only bothers to cover the front and rear of this test mule, and the concealment isn't especially effective at hiding much. The GLS has a brawny, upright grille with fairly large intakes in the corners of the front fascia. From the side, the SUV has a long, boxy body. At the back trapezoidal exhaust outlets integrate into the bumper.
In its New York debut announcement, Mercedes promises the GLS to be "the S-Class among SUVs. Compared to the existing generation, the new one has a wheelbase that is 2.362 inches (60 millimeters) longer, and this translates to more space for occupants, particularly in the second row. Folks in all three rows have power seats to play with, too. For greater comfort, the big vehicle has adaptive dampers with power coming from the 48-volt electrical network on board.
The new GLS will eventually spawn a Maybach SUV with a price around $200,000. Mercedes will build the opulent SUV in Alabama, making the model the most expensive new vehicle assembled in the United States. Power will come from a V8 making over 560 horsepower (418 kilowatts).
Mercedes will have a lot more to show in New York, beyond just the new GLS. The GLC Coupe and Performance variants of the GLC and GLC Coupe will also be there. Plus, the company will show the electric EQC Edition 1886. Car fans will be able to check out the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 and A35 sedans, too.
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Mercedes-Benz Cars at the 2019 New York International Auto Show: Seven-fold world premiere in the Big Apple
Stuttgart / New York. The 2019 NYIAS is very much dedicated to the SUV for Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG: in five world premieres, the inventor of the automobile is presenting the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the GLC Coupé and the EQC Edition 1886 (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures)[i] plus the updated Performance models of the GLC SUV and Coupé from Affalterbach. Also on display for the first time are the CLA 35 4MATIC (combined fuel consumption 7.3-7.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 167-164 g/km)ii and the A 35 4MATIC Saloon (combined fuel consumption 7.3-7.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 167-164 g/km)ii.
The press conference will start on the first press day, 17 April, at 4.15 p.m. (CEST). With the online platform Mercedes me media, anybody interested can be there live - wherever they are in the world. Press materials, photos and videos relating to the new products shown in New York are available via a constantly updated media hub. The multi-angle livestream and the media special for the 2019 New York International Auto Show can be found at media.mercedes-benz.com/NYIAS2019.
The new GLS: More space, more comfort, more luxury
The largest and most luxurious new SUV from Mercedes-Benz can be seen for the very first time: the Mercedes-Benz GLS is the S-Class among SUVs, and embodies the claim to excellence in the premium SUV segment. General spaciousness, especially in the second seat row, benefits from the 60 mm longer wheelbase. The three fully electrically adjustable seat rows offer all passengers a generous amount of space and outstanding seating comfort. The active E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension based on a 48 volt network is familiar from the new GLE, and ensures superior suspension comfort, agile handling and good off-road capabilities. The GLS is also equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems giving cooperative support to drivers.
The GLC Coupé: Fascinating design meets high intelligence
The revised Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé is celebrating a further SUV world premiere. It impresses with its distinctive appearance, innovative driving assistance systems, a new engine line-up and the latest generation of the MBUX Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system with its wide range of control options. The enhanced driving assistance systems have been expanded by adding an exit-warning function, emergency-corridor function and tail-end-of-traffic-jam function, among others. Hallmark off-road features include the dominant front end, powerful contours and standard-fit chrome details like the front and rear underride guards.
All-rounder for any occasion
The updated Performance models of the GLC from Affalterbach are also celebrating their world premieres. Alongside enhanced driving dynamics and innovative gesture control, the SUV and Coupé have the MBUX infotainment system with AMG-specific functions and displays. On the exterior design the expressive front section with the AMG-specific radiator grille widening out towards the bottom and the vertical black louvres immediately catch the eye. The restyled flatter LED High Performance headlamps reinforce the visual presence with the flare look for the daytime running lamps. The interior underscores the leadership ambition of the new mid-size Performance SUVs in terms of driving dynamics. The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4MATIC: Agile driving dynamics in an iconic design
Also on show to the world public for the first time is the latest and more lifestyle-oriented entry-level to the world of Mercedes-AMG. The new CLA 35 4MATIC impresses with a powerful, turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and an exciting design. The exterior styling scores with a slim, sporty waistline, flared wheel arches and two powerdomes on the bonnet. The interior with fully digital displays exudes quality and elegance.
The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC Saloon: Sporty hatchback model with four doors
Also on display for its world premiere is the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC Saloon. Its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual clutch transmission, AMG suspension and variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive guarantee extraordinary driving dynamics. The attractive entry-level model in the current AMG portfolio will appeal to young target groups who are looking for a high level of performance and a comfortable amount of space for passengers and luggage.
EQC Edition 1886: Limited special edition for a special moment
With the world premiere of the EQC Edition 1886, Mercedes-Benz is signalling its systematic entry into the era of e-mobility. The limited Edition 1886 of the first Mercedes-Benz model under the product and technology brand EQ thrills with extensive items of optional equipment such as carefully coordinated features in the exterior and interior. Customer-friendly services for all aspects of e-mobility anticipate and meet the needs of drivers, and guarantee carefree long-term operation.
Premieres on the eve of the show
"Meet Mercedes-AMG" is the continuation of an event format from last year: On 16 April, the day before the New York International Auto Show, journalists will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new Mercedes-AMG products and hold informal conversations with AMG experts at Mercedes-Benz Manhattan.
i The figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional, and were determined by the Technical Service. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.
ii The indicated values were determined according to the prescribed measuring procedure. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures.