The segment of full-size luxury SUVs is full of amazing models. Among them, you can find the GLS, which is among the class leaders for many reasons. The current generation has been around since 2019 and it still looks very fresh. However, the company wants to keep things that way, so there is a big chance to see some updates for the next year. At this point, the officials are still quiet, but it looks like the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS could arrive with some pretty interesting updates.
At this point, we don’t know many things about the potential update but we presume that the focus would be on exterior changes. Besides styling tweaks, we might see some novelties on the inside, while additions to the list of standard equipment also seem very likely. On the other hand, we don’t expect to see changes under the hood.
Considering the possible update, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS might arrive a little bit earlier than usual, though still within the second half of the year.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Design
As we’ve just mentioned, there’s a chance to see the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS with some interesting novelties. Although the officials are still quiet, rumors suggest a mid-cycle refresh. Considering that this is going to be the fourth production year, such rumors make sense. We presume that the focus would be put on the exterior updates. We would see a couple of tweaks to the front and rear ends, the all of the changes should be very subtle, considering that the current model already looks pretty impressive.
On the other hand, we don’t expect to see mechanical changes. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS should carry on with the same suspension setup, which is pretty advanced and ensures a super-smooth ride. On the other hand, the GLS isn’t much of an off-roader. It comes standard with all-wheel-drive and hill descent control, while you can opt for a few upgrades, such as a two-speed transfer case, off-road drive modes etc.
The current cabin looks really flashy and modern and that’s why we are pretty sure that the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS won’t feature bigger changes in this aspect. We expect to see a familiar cabin layout, characterized by high-end materials, attractive aesthetics and great overall build quality. Also, there is a generous list of tech features, which also positively affects the model’s appeal.
Just like the current model, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS will come standard with three rows and seven seats. The first two rows are very spacious and incredibly comfortable, while the third row is a little bit tight for the segment standards. You can also opt for the captain’s chairs in the second row, while the range-topping Maybach 600 comes without the third row.
The cargo area offers around 17.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 48 cubic feet behind the second row and 85 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. Those are decent ratings for the segment.
Of course, novelties in this aspect are also about to come. We believe that the list of standard equipment will be expanded, while we might also see a couple of new options on the offer. For reference, the current model comes standard with quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, parking damage detector, a 12.3-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, navigation, voice command, a 13-speaker Burmester stereo, Bluetooth, nine USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, an in-car communication system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Among upgrades, you can currently find goodies like a sunroof, five-zone automatic climate control, remote start, the MBUX interior assistant, a 7-inch MBUX tablet for the second row, a 27-speaker Burmester audio system, second-row wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Engines
We expect to see the same lineup in the next year. So, base models should come with a 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out around 362 horsepower and comes coupled with a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission. It’s capable enough to move this large SUV with ease. It’s a great daily commuter, especially if w consider pretty decent fuel economy, which goes around 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
For those who look for something more capable, there is a well-known 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which comes in three output variants. The base one puts out 483 horsepower, while the AMG version is good for about 603 horsepower. Finally, there is the Maybach version, with 550 horsepower.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Release Date and Price
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS may come with updates or not but we believe that, in any case, it won’t arrive before the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, it shouldn’t be much different compared to the current model, which starts at around 78.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade etc.