The new generation of the full-size SUV is out. The German carmaker stunned their fans again with the exceptional offer and improved the MBUX infotainment system. If you are looking for downsides, you won’t find it easily. The lack of an AMG model is one of them. But, it won’t last a year before the 2021 Mercedes GLS gets the new version of the performance-oriented trim. The top of the class version is scheduled for the next season.
Besides that, the rest of the lineup remains unchanged. So, we have a premium seven-seater which is available in two trim levels and with a couple of turbocharged engines. For all these drivers who don’t find 483 hp too exciting, Mercedes is preparing the version with 625 ponies. The GLS AMG 63 is already among the most powerful SUVs in the world. The upcoming system with electric EQ support will push it closer to the crème de la crème of the automotive market. But (there is always “but”), be ready to pay more than $135,000 for the new AMG SUV.
2021 Mercedes GLS Engines
The base model of the 2021 Mercedes GLS is not so impressive, at least under the hood. the base configuration returns “only” 362 horsepower from a 3.0-liter turbo-six engine. The EQ Boost technology adds some power and saves fuel. The gas mileage is quite good for the luxury full-size SUV – 19/23 mpg. Still, this is just an I-6 engine, which also creates 370 lb-ft of torque and sends it through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Of course, the all-wheel drive is standard and Mercedes names it “4Matic”.
The same drive system is also there for the V8 unit. A 4.0-liter displacement raises the bar to 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Engineers won’t touch it for the next season. The same gearbox is mated to the powerplant and the SUV can tow 7,700 pounds.
2021 Mercedes AMG GLS 63 Specs, Price, Release Date
The biggest change for the new season will be the arrival of the performance-oriented version. The AMG badge is upgrading the SUV visually and under the hood. Still, mechanical work is more impressive since the new engine is going to make the 2021 Mercedes GLS AMG 63 one of the most powerful models in the market. Changes are not so unexpected since the BMW launched their full-size SUV and it is just a matter of time when will the X7 gets the M treatment.
A 4.0-liter V8 is again under the bonnet. However, the new tuning is going to make it explode for 603 horsepower. Plus, engineers are going to deploy the EQ system, which will add 21 more ponies. Also, the torque is going to be around 630 lb-ft. The AMG GLS 63 is the SUV that will be able to sprint to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The maximum speed will be limited to 175 mph. The release of this model is expected in the next couple of months. The base price could start above $140,000.
There are two trim levels available for the 2021 Mercedes GLS. The AMG is a class for itself with unique upgrades and a six-digit price. Well, even the base version comes with the luxury equipment and a hefty price. A six-cylinder engine is a power source. Inside, you will find a large 12-inch display and Burmester audio system. The improvements on the MBUX infotainment made it one of the most advanced technologies in the market. Hands-free powergate is standard, as well as the navigation for all GLS models.
The 2021 Mercedes GLS 580 is upgrading the offer with the premium leather upholstery. You have an option to use the captain’s chairs instead of the bench in the middle row. That will drop the seating capacity to six. Front buckets are ventilated and also get the massage function. The adaptive suspension will make a ride even smoother.
2021 Mercedes GLS vs Competition
The biggest competition for the 2021 Mercedes GLS comes from the homeland. Other two German giants are now also in the full-size market. BMW released the X7, while Audi is the latest carmaker to join the party with its Q8. The US models are the best-sellers. Well, two famous vehicles are rivals to GLS – Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade. However, these are not coming with the performance-tuned editions. One of the rare SUVs that is more expensive than Mercedes is Range Rover with the SVAutobiography package. Rolls Royce is also the full-size SUV, but this one is out of the league with the unreal price. Japanese carmakers are also very active. Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the best-known vehicles, while the Lexus LX is heading to the new generation, as well as the Infiniti QX80.