2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS Spy Shots

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Mercedes-Benz will introduce a subtle facelift for its GL-Class for the 2016 model year, and prototypes for the updated SUV have just been spotted once more. The current GL was all-new for 2013, so the 2016 model year coincides with the vehicle’s mid-cycle.

The big news is that the vehicle will no longer be called a “GL”, but rather a “GLS” in line with Mercedes’ new naming strategy. The “S” in the title signifies that this large, luxurious SUV is positioned alongside the S-Class range of models.

Various GLS prototypes have been spotted, all of them revealing new bumper and grille designs. The headlights are also new, while at the rear the shape of the tail-lights will remain the same but with some new graphics inside them.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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Moving to the interior, look for a redesigned dash, new trim materials and an updated infotainment system. A new display screen will be mounted in the dash, with the interior pretty much looking like the one in the recently revealed GLE Coupe. The same interior will also feature in the upcoming GLE, the updated version of the M-Class.

In the engine department, Mercedes just updated the GL’s powertrain lineup for 2015, meaning powertrains should carry over mostly unchanged with the arrival of the 2016 GLS. The GLS350 BlueTEC should stick with its turbocharged V-6 diesel good for 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. The GLS450 will have a turbo V-6 with 362 hp and 369 lb-ft, and the GLS550 will have a turbo V-8 with 429 hp and 516 lb-ft. At the top of the range will be the GLS63 AMG with a turbo V-8 good for 550 hp and 560 lb-ft.

We’ve also heard that an ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach version of the GLS is in the works, so well-heeled buyers have another variant to look forward to. We should have more details soon, as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS is expected to hit showrooms in the fall of this year. That means a reveal can’t be far.

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