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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class: Redesign, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - June 10, 2019

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Updated June 10, 2019: We've added official pricing for the new GLS.

Model Preview

Since debuting as the rebadged and refreshed GLS-Class in 2017, this flagship SUV hasn’t seen many changes. That’s no longer the case, as the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class has officially broken cover, showing off an all-new look and even more upscale features.

On the outside, the changes that will make up the redesigned 2020 GLS-Class will start with a longer and wider body that will sit atop a 2.4-inch-longer wheelbase. The 2020 GLS-Class’ new look will not be a stark contrast to its predecessor, but it will feature obvious stylistic differences, including an all-new grille with more circular outline, new bumper, wider headlights, and new mirrors. Around back will be wider taillights with striking LED graphics to match the new headlights, a rounder liftgate and rear glass, and new bumper-integrated dual-exhaust outlets. This will not only create a new look, but it will also reduce aerodynamic drag for a more efficient drive.

Inside, Mercedes-Benz will push the bounds of modern styling with its sharp center console that will include a pair of raised grab bars. The dash will feature a more horizontal layout, additional horizontal air vents, and a pair of screens to make it look and feel wider. Speaking of the screens, they will include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, which will be standard.

The longer wheelbase and larger body will make the three-row GLS-Class even roomier than before, The second row will gain 3.4 inches of legroom in its rearmost position, and the third row will not only handle 6-footers like a champ, but it will also boast two full-size seats instead of tiny jump seats. All three rows will remain comfortable too with its five-zone climate control system.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The 2020 GLS-Class lineup will start with the GLS450 4MATIC, which will boast a standard turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This engine will include a 48-volt hybrid system that will deliver an extra 184 lb-ft and 21 hp on demand for short spurts. New for 2020 will be the GLS580 4MATIC, which will boast a turbocharged V8 engine that will deliver up for 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. This engine will also pair with a 48-volt hybrid system for an extra 184 lb-ft and 21 hp in short bursts. These engines will pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The IIHS has never tested the GLS-Class, nor do we expect it to. Mercedes announced the 2020 GLS-Class will have available adaptive cruise control with full stop and go function. There is no mention of automatic emergency braking or any other advanced driving tech, but we expect a full allotment of these on the options list.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

Official pricing will start at $76,195 including destination for the 2020 GLS450 4MATIC. That represents a price increase of $5,050 over last year's MSRP of $71,145. Pricing for the new GLS580 has not yet been announced.

Mercedes says the new GLS will go on sale in late 2019. Stay tuned for updates.

Competitors in this segment include the Cadillac Escalade, INFINITI QX80, and Land Rover Range Rover.

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Pictured: 2020 GLS-Class

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