of the 2018 Mercedes‑Benz GLS 550. Base trim shown.
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Third-row space and accessibility
- Interior quality, amenities
- Leather upholstery not standard
- V-8 gas mileage
New Grand Edition
Three-row, seven-seat SUV
All-wheel drive standard
577-hp AMG GLS63 available
What it is: The seven-seat GLS-Class SUV has standard all-wheel drive, three rows of seats and three available engines: two turbocharged V-8s and a turbocharged V-6. As with other Mercedes, the top-shelf version of the GLS-Class is a performance-oriented AMG edition, the AMG GLS 63. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570.
Available for the GLS 450 and GLS 550, a new Grand Edition includes diamond-quilted Nappa leather upholstery, a Nappa leather dashboard, open-pore brown ash trim, ambient lighting and brown velour floormats. Exterior Grand Edition cues include special badges and two-tone wheels – 20 inches on the GLS 450 and 21 inches on the GLS 550.
AMG GLS 63
The AMG GLS 63 packs big power into a big SUV: 577 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that works with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
- All-wheel drive splits 60 percent of the SUV’s power to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front
- AMG air suspension
- AMG sport exhaust system
- Widened fenders to fit 21-inch wheels
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