This is more than just a mere rumor as the announcement was made by Wolf-Dieter Kurz who is Mercedes-Benz’s vice-president of product for SUVs and sports cars. In an interview with Australian magazine Car Advice, he said the upcoming GL facelift could receive a coupe derivative in the same vein as the already available GLE Coupe and the GLC Coupe likely coming out next year.
The GL facelift will be launched later this year and will be known from now on as the GLS to better reflect it has roughly the same size as the S-Class. The same rule has affected the ML which is now called GLE to show that it has approximately the same dimensions as the E-Class. Once the GLS will be out, it could eventually be joined by a “coupe” version which would compete directly with the second generation BMW X6.
If green-lighted for production, the GLS Coupe will adopt a more sloped roofline at the back which would make the large SUV more appealing, but at the same time it would also hamper rear headroom while the capacity of the trunk would also decrease. Kurz says that it makes sense to launch a “coupe” version of the large GLS rather than coming out with a GLA Coupe which wouldn’t be a viable business case since the model is just too small and by implementing a more inclined roofline at the back it would become very impractical.
In related news, Kurz also said Mercedes-Benz is thinking about launching a long wheelbase version of the GLS to compete head to head with the Range Rover LWB. A final decision has not been taken, but they are seriously considering this stretched version which won’t wear the Maybach name as Mercedes has previously announced a GLS Maybach won’t be out until the next generation of the model.
As a final note, the Mercedes-Benz GLS will be introduced this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show and should go on sale in India sometime next year.
Source: Car Advice