The Mercedes-Benz GLS is an SUV of the highest luxury. It is sets the standard of quality for the full-size SUV segment, but is it any better than the GL-Class that it is replacing? This 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comparison takes a closer look into the technologies, engines, and overall value of these flagship SUVs to find out which one is the better investment.
At first look, it would appear that the only change made from the GL-Class to the GLS is the name. They both offer the same trim levels and the exterior body style looks the same if not more tame on the new GLS. Under the hood, you will find the same engines in both models across all trims, but two of these engines have been improved to offer more power and efficiency, marking our first big difference.The GLS 550 and the AMG® GLS 63 offer 20 and 27 more horsepower, respectively. This power increase adds even more performance when you consider the upgrade from a 7-speed automatic transmission to the 9-speed automatic transmission that now comes standard in the Mercedes-Benz GLS.
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Much of the improvements done to the new GLS become overwhelmingly apparent when you climb inside the 5,500-pound SUV. The dashboard and instrument panel have both been redesigned to make driving more convenient and more comfortable, but also to match the new interior design. From the driver's seat to the trunk, the 2017 GLS is starting to look a lot better than the GL-Class. The new interior also compliments new Sport Exterior option and new standard LED tail lights. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes have been extended to offer more functionality and convenience. With brand new technologies, more power, and a new transmission, the GLS is the official winner of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comparison. The GLS was made to more closely resemble the flagship S-Class sedan, which is exactly what it does. If you are interested in learning more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS or the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, come to Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale today.