The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class will return as the automaker’s upscale people carrier for the new year. Big news for 2023 is the return of V8 engines. That should also mean that previous GLS models that took a year off will return for 2023. Beyond the return of V8 engines, we expect the 2023 GLS to be a carryover model.
On the outside, the 2023 GLS will continue to have a regal design that highlights its upscale place in the market. The SUV has small headlights that sit next to an enormous grille. At the back, the SUV has an upright design with triangular taillights and dual exhaust outlets. The GLS has chrome exterior trim pieces for an upscale look and rugged bumpers for a sturdy design. The AMG GLS 63 turns up the athletic touches, while the Maybach GLS 600 has unique touches to be a more opulent SUV. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS will look like the 2022 model that’s on sale.
The interior of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS is expected to go unchanged for the new model year. The large SUV features a tech-forward and opulent cabin that’s filled with high-end materials. The dashboard is separated into three sections, with the screens sitting on the top portion, four square vents making up the middle portion, and a row of physical controls located on the bottom of the center console. With Mercedes using a column-mounted shifter, the automaker places a touchpad and physical buttons for the infotainment system near the center console bin. The AMG model goes for a sportier look with heavily bolstered seats, while the Maybach is the definition of lavishness with even nicer materials and special rear seating.
When it comes to tech features, we don’t expect Mercedes-Benz to make any changes to the GLS SUV’s list of tech features. The SUV should continue to come with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, natural voice recognition, navigation, a Burmester audio system, an in-car communication system, a wireless charging pad, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a touchpad controller, and “Hey, Mercedes” voice recognition. The infotainment system utilizes the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). Available features include a head-up display, a Wi-Fi hot spot, augmented video for navigation, an interior assistant, second-row tablets, and a rear wireless charging pad.
With the return of the V8 engines, the 2023 GLS powertrain lineup will have more options to choose from than the 2022 model. The base GLS comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with a mild-hybrid system. Output is rated at 362 horsepower and all-wheel drive is standard. The GLS 580, AMG GLS 63, and Maybach GLS 600 will come with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that makes between 483 hp to 603 hp. All engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS should include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a driver drowsiness monitor, a surround-view parking camera, crosswind assist, vehicle exit warning, park assist, and Pre-Safe that prepares the vehicle for an accident. Available safety features include lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, evasive steering assist, and Pre-Safe Plus.
Pricing & Release Date
Mercedes has not announced pricing for the 2023 GLS yet. Pricing should range from $78,900 to $166,150 (with destination). The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS is expected to arrive before the end of the year.