Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing and specs for its updated 2016 flagship SUV range in Australia, including a new name.
The switch to ‘GL’ models will soon be complete for local Benz dealers, as they welcome the 2016 GLS to replace the current model which descended from the ‘original’ GL.
The line-up for the GL, now GLS, is unchanged for 2016, with four variants on offer which all feature Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and all but one is now matched with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
A pair of diesel-powered GLS 350 d models kicks off the range, priced from $116,990 or $135,900 for the 350 d Sport.
Power for the 350 d models comes from the same 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine as for 2015, producing 190kW of power and 620Nm of torque.
Next in the range is the GLS 500, which gets a 15kW boost to its 4.7 litre petrol-powered V8 for new figures of 335kW and 700Nm (torque is unchanged).
Topping the range is the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 performer which is the only variant to retain its seven-speed automatic from the outgoing model. Power, however, gets a boost and its 5.5 litre twin-turbo petrol V8 has new outputs of 430kW and 760Nm (torque is, again, unchanged).
The 63 can hit 100km/h from rest in 4.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed stretched to 270km/h thanks to the standard AMG Driver’s Package.
Mercedes has made no mention of changes to official fuel figures for 2016, which currently stand at 7.7 (GLS 350), 11.5 (GLS 500) and 12.3 l/100km (GLS 63).
The refreshed interior for 2016 now boasts an eight-inch infotainment screen, a touchpad controller, a new three-spoke steering wheel and Apple CarPlay.
Depending on the variant, other features include a panoramic glass roof, a digital TV tuner, heated and ventilated front seats, Comand Online navigation, Dynamic Select system with five selectable driving modes along with 20-, 21- or 22-inch wheels - the latter on the AMG model.
Safety features include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Pre-Safe braking with pedestrian detection, Cross-Traffic Assist, lane-keep assist and a host of airbags.
The order book for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS is now open, with first deliveries expected in April next year. Prices have risen by between $1390 and $3390 over the 2015 model.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLS-CLASS
- GLS 350 d 4MATIC - $116,900 (up $2390)
- GLS 350 d 4MATIC Sport - $135,900 (up $1390)
- GLS 500 4MATIC - $161,900 (up $2390)
- AMG GLS 63 4MATIC - $217,900 (up $3390)