The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Is Heading To New York – Here’s What We Know So Far

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 AMG

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The current generation Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first debuted in New York as the GL back in 2012. While the current model was facelifted and renamed in 2016, Mercedes decided it was time for a redesign. Next week, at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, we’ll get our first chance to see the redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS.

What we know so far

Helpfully, Mercedes did provide a few nuggets of information on the upcoming GLS. As you’d expect from the company’s latest lineup, much of its layout will be familiar from the new GLE-Class SUV. Thanks to use of the Modular High Architecture (MHA) underpinning the GLE, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS gets a longer wheelbase. Mercedes claims the new model will stretch the wheelbase 2.36 inches (60 mm) over the old one.

Under the skin, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will get a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The company did not disclose exactly which engines it would get, though it’s not a stretch to imagine a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six as the base engine. From there, Mercedes may see fit to slot in a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the AMG high-performance variant, the GLS 63. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will also get the brand’s E-Active Body Control suspension. Check out how that works on the smaller GLE below:

Finally, we expect Mercedes to bestow the new GLS with the latest infotainment and driver assistance features. That means a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with the MBUX system, for a start. Beyond that, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS should get a full suite of features from adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic jam assist and more.

Mercedes-Benz GLS
A new Mercedes-Benz GLS will debut at the New York Auto Show (current model shown)

That’s not all

Apart from the GLS, Mercedes is also bringing a host of other vehicles to make their North American debut in New York. There are performance versions of the new GLC, which the company originally debuted back in February.

Mercedes will also unveil the AMG-tuned CLA 35 as an entry-level four-door coupe to the AMG range. There’s also the Mercedes-AMG A 35 sedan, complete with a 302 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Finally, the company will also bring the EQC Edition 1886 — a special launch edition of the all-electric EQC crossover.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS will be revealed in New York next Wednesday, April 17, at 10:15 A.M. EDT. Stay tuned to for more updates! In the meantime, check out what we thought about the outgoing model below: