ATLANTA, GA – December 6, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 won the Large SUV segment of the Car and Driver “10Best Trucks and SUVs.” The list recognizes the best new or refreshed trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles of 2017 starting under $80,000.
“The GLS, the S-Class of our SUV lineup, continues to set new standards in the premium SUV segment,” said Bernie Glaser, General Manager of Product Management, MBUSA. “We are excited that the GLS450 won the Best Large SUV category in the first ever Car and Driver“10Best Trucks and SUVs” competition.”
“Are there other large SUVs that can tow more or carry more stuff or that cast bigger shadows? Of course, but none can match the GLS450’s ride, handling, or refinement, even though more than a few can brush up against its MSRP when comparably equipped. Roll in the model’s family-friendly functionality and its garage-friendly size, and it’s easy to see why the GLS450 nabs our 10Best award for large SUV,” Car and Driver had to say about the GLS450.
From a dynamic, new exterior to a revised, luxurious interior, the 2017 GLS has been extensively refreshed from its previous iteration as the “GL.” On the exterior, focus has been placed on a redesign of the front end, while the rear has been modernized around the bumper and with full LED taillamps. Eye-catching highlights in the interior include a newly designed instrument panel with media display, new 3- spoke multifunction steering wheel, modified center console with touchpad and new trim options.
Featuring a compelling lineup of powerful-yet-efficient engines, the GLS sees increased performance across the model lineup, from the GLS450, equipped with a 362 hp, 3.0L V6 biturbo engine to the GLS550, powered by a 4.7L V8 biturbo engine which churns out 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the GLS lineup sits the AMG GLS63, which boasts 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque from its 5.5L V8 biturbo engine. With the launch of the new GLS in spring 2016, all versions now feature a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard (except the AMG GLS63).
All GLS models come equipped with standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive with a 50:50 torque split between front and rear wheels. Standard AIRMATIC air suspension can raise the GLS to provide up to 12.5 inches of ground clearance for the toughest off- road obstacles, while retaining the ability to lower the GLS at high speeds for a reduced Cd and improved driving dynamics. On the GLS450 and GLS550 an “Offroad Package” is optionally available and includes a low-range gearbox and center differential lock.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS is assembled at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, INC (MBUSI) in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
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About Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse lineup in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT S.
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