Images of the 2016 Mercedes GLS flagship SUV has been leaked online ahead of its debut at Los Angeles Auto Show next month. The SUV will subscribe to the brand’s new nomenclature in which GL denotes SUV and the last letter, in this case ‘S’, denotes its platform. Once the GLS is launched, shift to the new nomenclature will be complete.
The SUV features minor tweaks to the front fascia such as new detailing for the headlamp with LED elements, a sophisticated chrome grille slats and a sportier bumper with revised air intakes and a sharp chin. The LED foglight strip on the bumper has been given a miss.
The profile of the 7-seat luxury SUV remains unaltered whereas the rear fascia undergoes subtle revisions such as new LED taillight clusters, reprofiled bumper with a chrome strip and new exhaust tips. The interior is expected to undergo minor changes in addition to offering new color themes.
The 2016 GLS is expected to retain its V6 and V8 powertrain lineup. For India, the Audi Q7 rival would continue to be available in the GLS 350 BlueTec 4Matic variant which packs in a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. Mated to a 7-G Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, the motor is capable of 258 PS.
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Like the current version, the 2016 Mercedes GLS for India would be assembled at the Chakan facility out of CKD kits imported from Tuscaloosa, US.
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