2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV Model Overview

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Key Features

  • Starting at $68,700 MSRP
  • Standard Power Liftgate
  • Available Apple CarPlay™
  • Towing Capacity of 7,500 lbs
  • Standard Rear View Camera
  • Available Surround View System
  • Standard 8-inch High-Resolution Color Screen
  • Available Bang & OlufsenⓇ Beosound™ Premium Sound System

About the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV, previously known as the Mercedes-Benz GL, gains more than just a new name. New LED lighting for the front and rear as well as bold new wheels give it a more refreshed look. The GLS SUV combines luxury with impressive levels of cargo space, comfort, agile dynamics and best-in-class safety. Starting at $68,700 MSRP, standard features include power liftgate, 8-inch high-resolution color screen, rear view camera and remote start via Mercedes me app. Three trims and engine options are available for the GLS SUV. Regardless if you’re more concerned about power or fuel economy, there’s a twin-turbocharged engine to meet your lifestyle. Plus, all three come standard with 9-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC® all-wheel drive. If you want the best three-row luxury SUV on the market, go with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV.

What the Critics Say

“If you simply want the best three-row luxury SUV on the market, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS should be on your short list. Offering first-class accommodations, the latest technology and a choice of four excellent engines, the GLS is a top contender in the full-size, luxury SUV category.”— Edmunds.com

“The 2017 Mercedes GLS really fits seven adults without torturing them; the cabin is elegant, comfortable, functional, and luxurious.”— The Car Connection

What’s New for 2017

In addition to the new name, the GLS SUV receives a new standard nine-speed automatic transmission, revised exterior and interior styling, touchpad-operated infotainment system with a larger screen and Apple CarPlay™. All engines except the V6 turbo receive a bit more horsepower than last year.

GLS SUV Features

versatile interior

Versatile Interior

The GLS SUV has three rows of absolute luxury and refinement. The EASY-ENTRY feature on both sides of the cabin eases 3rd-row access from either the right or left rear door. And with the power-folding third row and 60/40 split second row, the GLS SUV can accommodate up to 93.8 cubic feet of cargo space. You’ll also be rewarded with the latest technology features in this luxury-SUV. The driver will be well-equipped with a standard 8-inch high-resolution color screen with available COMAND® navigation while the passengers will be easily entertained with the available Rear Seat Entertainment System. No matter where you take a seat in the GLS SUV, you will receive first-class satisfaction.

commanding performance

Commanding Performance

With three engine choices, nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, the GLS SUV is a pinnacle of performance among SUVs. The powertrains that are offered include 3.0L V6 with 362 horsepower, 4.7L V8 with 449 horsepower and 5.5L V8 with 577 horsepower; all three engines are turbocharged. Available DYNAMIC SELECT makes it easy to choose the type of performance based on your mood. Four preset modes include Comfort, Sport, Slippery and Off-road. The GLS SUV has the power and acceleration to take you where you need to go.

intelligent safety

Intelligent Safety

This luxury-SUV is well-equipped with a team of advanced technologies that boost safety and reduce stress. Standard Active Brake Assist provides the ideal level of braking to help prevent a collision or reduce its severity. Available Distance Pilot DISTRONIC® is a radar-based cruise control that adapts your set speed to the flow of traffic. Getting around in this huge SUV is a lot easier thanks to the available Surround View System which gives you a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of your surroundings.

Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs Land Rover Range Rover

The GLS SUV and the Range Rover may be in the same segment, however, when you look more closely, you will see the GLS SUV has more value. The Range Rover may have a better fuel economy of 23 Hwy MPG, but unfortunately it won’t be able to carry as many gear and passengers on those long road trips as the GLS SUV. The GLS SUV has 7-passenger seating and 93.8 maximum cargo volume. When we comparably equip both SUVs, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV has an MSRP of $79,820 and the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover has an MSRP of $93,945. As you can see, you will be saving more money and receiving more value in the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV.

has the advantage
2017 Mercedes-Benz
2017 Land Rover
Range Rover HSE w/ AWD
Starting MSRP $68,700 $92,650
Engine 3.0L V86 3.0L V6
Horsepower 362 380
Transmission 9 Speed Automatic 8 Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy (City/Hwy) 19/22 17/23
Passengers 7 5
Front Power Headrest Standard Not Available
Head Room (front) 41.2 Inches 39.3 Inches
Maximum Cargo Volume 93.8 71.7
Towing Capacity (lbs) 7500 7716
Total Equipped Price $79,820 $93,945

Trims & Specs



Starting at $68,700 MSRP

  • 3.0L V6 Biturbo Engine with 362 Horsepower
  • 8-inch High-Resolution Color Screen
  • Power Liftgate
  • 19-inch 5-Spoke Wheels
  • Power-Folding 50/50-split 3rd-row Seats


Starting at $93,850 MSRP

  • 4.7L V8 Biturbo with 449 Horsepower
  • Apple CarPlay™
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • In-Dash DVD/CD Player and SD Card Reader
  • Surround View System


Starting at $124,100 MSRP

  • 5.5L AMG® V8 Biturbo with 577 Horsepower
  • Panorama Roof
  • Heated 2nd-row Seats
  • Multicontour Front Seats with Massage Feature
  • Auto-Dimming Mirrors