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Mercedes-Benz is about to introduce the facelifted GL full-size SUV that will receive the GLS name for the 2016 model year and here we have pretty revealing leaked images of the vehicle.

“The year of the SUV” continues as the German company seems to be ready with the largest model in its SUV lineup – the GL facelift that will be renamed GLS for the new model year. As you can see from the attached images, changes over the 2015 GL are focused mainly in the front where we find a set of new headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, new bumper with larger air intakes, reshaped radiator grille with bigger Mercedes logo and a new diffuser.

Improvements at the back are limited to new 3D graphics for the taillight and slightly reshaped diffuser. We can’t notice any changes to the side profile.

As far as we know, Mercedes-Benz will start taking orders for the GLS in December with deliveries starting in early 2016. Word on the street says the engine lineup will be carried over from the outgoing model, which means the range-topping GLS 63 AMG version will feature a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol unit with 557 PS (410 kW) and 700 Nm (517 lb-ft). An even more powerful S variant should also be available with 585 PS (430 kW) and 760 Nm (561 lb-ft).


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