Prototypes for Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation GLS have been spotted again, and the latest testers are the most revealing yet.
The debut is coming up at next week’s 2019 New York International Auto Show, with a showroom appearance likely to follow in the fall. This means we should see the new GLS arrive as a 2020 model.
Mercedes was smart to get into the full-size SUV segment a decade ago with the original GL-Class. The second-generation model currently on sale was rebranded the GLS for the 2017 model year as part of a naming shakeup at Mercedes, so this new GLS represents the model’s third iteration.
Traditional rivals include the body-on-frame Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, but there’s also the Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX as alternatives and now a BMW X7, too. Jeep will eventually join the fray with Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models.
Underpinning the new GLS is a stretched version