Car Magazine came across a trio of barely disguised Mercedes-Benz GLS prototypes in the west of USA, undergoing final calibration testing.
The new GLS full-size SUV will replace the current GL Class, both in name and form. It’s a rejig of Mercedes’s nomenclature, just like how the ML Class became the GLE Class in its mid-cycle refresh.
The new GLS adopts the brand’s latest family face, apart from subtle alterations at the back and inside. Fresh engines and new technology are also expected to be added to the range.
Both the standard GLS and the new AMG line styling package equipped one has been spotted. The white and black cars are regular GLS models, identified by its smaller faux intakes on the bumper, while the silver one, with more aggressive bumper-work, appears to be the one with the AMG pack.
The new GLS is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2015, with a plausible Indian entry sometime next year.
A GLS based Maybach variant is also on the cards.
The GLS will again be built at the Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama, alongside the new GLE with which it shares much of its underpinnings.