The Mercedes-Benz GLS is on its way to South Africa and Mercedes SA has been updating its configurator. Here's how much it costs, plus some details about the options.
The Mercedes-Benz designates its GLS as an off-road capable "S-Class of SUVs". We'll be putting that claim to the test, of course, when the 1st-class SUV arrives at a yet-to-be-confirmed date in 2020 (we expect it soon, however).
There are 2 derivatives loaded into the SA configurator. The GLS 400d is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel straight-6 motor, which produces 243 kW and 700 Nm. Power goes to all 4 wheels via the 9G-tronic automatic transmission. In GLS 580 guise, it gains a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with EQ Boost hybrid technology, producing 360 kW (+16 kW from the EQ system) and 699 Nm. It too features all-wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The configurator has numerous packages on offer for the new Mercedes-Benz GLS. Standard wheels are 19-inch units, but you can go up to 21-inch alloys. For those wanting their GLS to look aggressive, there's an AMG Line package (R62 000). For bolt-on MBUX enhancement, you're looking at R25 000 for the Innovation package, while semi-autonomous driving tech is available with 2 packages of R42 000 and R37 300. If you really want to try out the offroad capabilities, it's best to tick the OffRoad Engineering Package for R32 300.
We'll have final confirmation about specifications when the vehicle launches.
Mercedes-Benz GLS Price in South Africa (January 2020)
Mercedes-Benz GLS 400d R1 572 747
Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 R1 729 030