Mercedes-Benz has overhauled its SUV lineup this year by launching the GLE, GLE Coupe and the GLC while the GL is just about ready for a refresh as well. Seen here is a near-production prototype featuring some light disguise to hide the cosmetic changes which will come with a name change as the GL will be called GLS once the facelift will be out in the months to come. Why the new moniker? Because Mercedes wants to better show the similarity in size between two models and in this case the GLS will be linked to the S-Class.
As you can clearly see, there aren’t going to be any significant visual tweaks as Mercedes-Benz’s designers have made revisions only to the front and rear bumpers while the headlight and taillight graphics will also go through some changes, but nothing of great significance. We are pretty sure this is a near-production prototype which means it carries all the changes, so don’t expect any surprises once the GLS will go official.
Aside from these styling changes, the interior cabin will also go through a series of revisions as we expect the dashboard to be brought in line with the aforementioned GLE (previously known as ML) while the infotainment system will be brought up to date as well. There should also be an expanded catalog of safety and assistance systems, along with more optional equipment while the engine lineup will likely be carried over.
Mercedes-Benz has previously announced the GLS is going to be introduced before the end of this year and we could see it as early as mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It should go on sale in Europe before the end of the year while Indian dealerships will get it in the first half of 2016.
Chances are the version sold in our country will be the same 350 CDI model with a V6 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine developing 255 bhp at 3,600 rpm and a massive 619 Nm of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 2,400 rpm sent to the wheels exclusively through a 7-speed automatic transmission.