Mercedes-Benz has fully redesigned its flagship SUV, giving it electrically boosted powertrains, an upgraded infotainment interface, and an even more luxurious interior. Predictably, these updates come with a higher price tag. The base 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class will start at $76,195 in GLS450 trim when it goes on sale later this year.
That’s $5,050 higher than the starting price of the 2019 model. The new GLS is also priced higher than a base 2019 BMW X7 ($74,895) and 2019 Lincoln Navigator with rear-wheel drive ($74,500). Still, the Mercedes is much less expensive than a base Range Rover, which will cost you $90,795.
The new GLS has standard features worthy of a luxury price tag. It receives the new MBUX user interface with natural language understanding, complemented by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen of the same size. Other standard technology features include nine USB ports, a 115V household outlet, wireless device charging, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto playing through a Burmester surround sound system. Active parking assist with surround view accompanies Mercedes’ host of driver aids, while air suspension smooths the ride.
For the first time, the GLS offers two individual captain’s chairs in the second row instead of the usual three-seat configuration. And for extra coin, buyers can opt for an executive rear seat package with its own 7.0-inch Android tablet, and up to five zones of climate control. If it’s like the previous GLS, prices will easily crest $100,000 when properly equipped.
A turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine is the standard engine on the GLS. This unit makes 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to a new 48-volt onboard electrical system with an integrated starter generator, an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque can be delivered for short periods of time. Mercedes has not yet announced pricing for the GLS 580, which packs a 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 making 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, with electrified bits that add the same extra output as in the six-cylinder version. Both engines are linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission.