Mercedes-Benz vehicle portfolio has been rapidly increasing, and growth implies that by 2020, the German-based premium luxury car maker has already revealed the new nomenclature for their range of cars going forward. The current-gen GL-Class SUV which is on-sale in India now, will be dubbed as the GLS when the facelift model arrives here in India in late-2015.
The big GL-Class will also be renamed as ‘GLS-Class’ when it is facelifted next-year.
It is renamed as GLS-Class, to reinforce that it’s the ‘S-Class’ of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV line-up. The M-Class will become the GLE-Class, while below that will be the new GLC-Class (previously GLK). The G-Class will stand in a class of its own. The GL-Class was first introduced in 2006, the second-generation model arrived in 2012 and now the company plans to give it a facelift before the third-generation model is introduced in 2017.
Mercedes might unveil the GLS at the NAIAS Motor Show in January-2015, alongside GLE Coupe.
The GLS-Class (previously GL) was spied undergoing winter testing on international roads. To keep the model fresh until the all-new model arrives in 2017, the current-model in slightly tweaked with a new front and rear lights, a more upright front grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, the bonnet gets a new design, and the rear has a new muffler for the exhaust pipe. No images of the interiors are available, but reports suggest that the GLS is likely to get some minor revisions on the inside too.
Rumours suggest that GLS-Maybach variant is in the works.
The SUV is likely to carry forward the engine options from the current GL range. But we can expect a slight bump in the power and efficiency department. Currently Mercedes-Benz sells a GL 350 CDI (diesel) and a powerful GL 63 AMG (petrol) model in India.
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