The GLS has always been about luxury and technology, so it’s no wonder that the current generation, which has been around since 2020, still looks very fresh. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the German carmaker won’t rush with changes. Moreover, the latest rumors suggest a facelift for the 2024 model year, which is a clear indicator that the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS will come without more important changes. We count on a familiar layout, with familiar design and features.
All this means that you may count on familiar pros and cons. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS will continue to deliver a super-high level of refinement, along with high-end interior quality. Furthermore, the ride is smooth as butter, while the amount of tech features is incredible. Also, there is a lineup that includes several capable engine options, while the only drawback goes to the back area of the cabin, where you can find less cargo space compared to rivals.
No changes mean no need for early arrivals. Therefore, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS release date should be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Design
The current generation has been around for a couple of years and therefore, it’s obvious that the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS won’t feature any notable changes. We are about to see a familiar layout, which has so many great things to offer. Of course, air suspension is one of them, which is a guarantee of a butter-smooth ride. Still, this doesn’t mean that the GLS is boring to drive. It also offers a decent level of athleticism.
When it comes to styling, there is no room for experiments. This model comes in a typical MB fashion, with conventional design solutions and not radical changes compared to the previous generation. Naturally, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS should continue in the same way, though there is always room for minor tweaks, such as new color options and similar things.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS interior will also continue in the same way. We are talking about one of the nicest cabins in the segment, which shines in many ways. The first thing you’ll notice is the overall build quality and materials, while there is also an impressive amount of tech features, starting from a couple of massive screens on the dashboard. The sound insulation is excellent at any speed.
The GLS comes with three rows of seats and a capacity for seven. Of course, you can trade the second-row bench for captain’s chairs for more comfort, while the Maybach versions drop the third row. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on 17.4 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 42.7 to 48.7 cubic feet behind the second row and nearly 85 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. Rivals like Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade are miles better in this aspect.
It’s always possible to see a couple of novelties regarding the standard and available equipment but we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same as in the 2022 model. Therefore, base versions should come standard with goodies like quad-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, 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, expect to find five-zone climate control, remote start, 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.
When it comes to safety, all models should come standard with forward collision warning automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, surround-view camera, crosswind assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, parallel and perpendicular park assist etc.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Engines
Under the hood, we expect no surprises. So, base models should carry on with a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, which puts out around 362 horsepower. While that’s enough for solid driving dynamics, we would rather go for the GLS 580, which comes with a 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 483 horsepower. Also, the base engine returns around 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while V8 models are notably thirstier.
If you’re up for something even more capable, there is the AMG-badged version, which comes with the same V8 engine but tuned up to 603 horsepower. Finally, there is the Maybach version with 550 horsepower.
All engines come in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 79.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Lincoln Navigator etc.