The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d is going to be available for sale this year and we are eager to see this new SUV beast. Aiming to the market of the big seven-seat segment with all the luxury and prestigious of Mercedes-Benz, we are used to. That enthusiasm grows up if the SUV is labeled with the S-Class. This German full-size luxury SUV made the first step as the biggest brother of the Mercedes breed in 2006 to fight against others top luxury makers.
This year a lot of us are thinking, “what the hell? It’s the same SUV of the last year”. Effectively, this year the German maker just upgrade it with a more comprehensive facelift up front with more standard equipment, a minor restyling work elsewhere and a enhance interior and some detail chassis and drivetrain improvements.
The 2016 GLS 350d may be available in two versions, V8 petrol performance engine and the most popular V6 diesel engine. The SUV doesn’t shine especially for his agility, instead is more focused towards comfort and luxury and that’s something not everyone is willing to budge.
Let’s review this opulent SUV.
Performance and Drivetrain
In selected markets, customers will be able to choose between two engine’s options: A V6 3.0 L twin-turbocharged delivering up to 328 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque at 1600-4000 rpm, and a V8 4.7 L twin-turbocharged, producing 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque at 1800-4500 rpm. In the meanwhile, a 9-speed auto gearbox is standard with standard air suspension.
However, in the UK just will be available a V6 3.0 L turbocharged engine capable of delivering 255 hp of power and a 9-speed auto transmission is standard with air suspension as well. The acceleration is rated from standstill to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. These numbers are quite decent for an opulent SUV as the 2016 GLS 350d, but not impressive for such an expensive car.
For a few lucky customer and speed maniacs with a wide budget, a colossal engine will be available. A massive AMG-produced V8 5.5 L twin-turbocharged developing 577 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, with an AMG’s 7-speed Speedshift automatic gearbox, featuring an acceleration from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. This is impressive but the extra bucks you need to pay for it led a lot of us without a possibility.
Buyers can be provided with an upgraded Dynamic Select system that offers up to six driving modes: Comfort, Slippery, Sport, Individual, Off-Road and, models equipped with the off-road package, Off-Road Plus.
Design Line and Interior
Similar as the outgoing model, the 2016 GLS 350d features a new polished version: opulent, roomy and comfortable. The only criticize to this SUV is the switchgear plastics and a plenty of buttons. In these times, it’s a kind of a waste of technology. More than a waste, it’s overwhelming for the driver and passengers.
Massive space to describe the interior. New multifunction steering wheel on this car and a huge, new 8.0-inch screen and digital instrument cluster, sharper than before and more ease to navigate through it. Most of the interior of the car looks high-quality. Full of amenities, brings this time with GLS’ get sat-nav, Bluetooth DAB radio, three-zone climate control, leather seats with heating in the front two rows and memory function on the front pair, and upgraded Harman Kardon sound system. City Braking, blind spot and lane assistance system also are featured.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 GLS 350d is a really nice car with pros and cons. Offering a comfortable and flawless drive and provided with decent refinement and standard equipment combined with plentiful room for seven. It looks like a really good option.
Starting price at US$52.500.