The new generation of the largest MB SUV debuted in 2020. So, there won’t be big changes on the vehicle. But, there are some novelties worth of mention. The Maybach SUV will be part of the lineup. It is going to be slotted above the AMG version. Well, the Maybach package will include a powerful engine, and upgrade the interior and exterior with high-end options. Anyway, the base 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS is already one of the most luxurious SUVs in the full-size segment. The AMG 63 package is also making it one of the most powerful.
The new generation of the big premium rig faced a problem with the pandemic of the coronavirus. Still, we had a chance to test the SUV and check the pros and cons. Like every full-size model, it offers plenty of space. And the German manufacturer is making the interior even more luxurious than other premium models. Engines lineup starts with a six-cylinder unit and ends up with a mighty hand-crafted twin-turbo V8.
Besides the impressive performance, the SUV also offers nice handling and maneuvering for its size. There is no need to praise features. As you got used to it, Mercedes will deploy all the latest technologies and accessories. The MBUX infotainment is not a highlight of the offer, but also one of the best systems you can find in the market. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS will close the gap between utility and luxury. The SUV is capable of off-road driving and towing.
The GLS is not perfect, though. Its price is very high. Well, the good thing is that Mercedes is not going to offer cheap features at base trim level and charge all the advanced options. The off-roading is good, but there are a few SUVs which can do it even better.
New Model: 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS Maybach
The vehicle is coming out as the 2022 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600. This is not the first time the super-luxurious nameplate is being used as the optional upgrade. However, this time, it is going to be in serial production, not the limited offer like its predecessor, the Mercedes G-Class Landaulet. Also, the price is going to be much better, but still outrageous. The Maybach SUV will compete with Aston Martin DBX and Bentley Bentayga. The price of the vehicle will start around $160,000.
A 4.0-liter engine is tuned to deliver 550 horsepower and 540 lb-ft of torque. Well, that is still 53 ponies short of the AMG 63 version of the GLS SUV. Still, everything else is on another level. The front grille makes it recognizable. A set of 22-inch wheels is standard, but you can purchase even larger rims. Interesting, but not surprising – the Mazbach GLS 600 is a two-row SUV. Designers are maximizing the comfort of passengers, although the captain’s chairs are already doing that.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS Performance
A 3.0-liter inline-six is the base choice for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS. The engine is good for 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It makes the SUV underperforming compared to main rivals. Lincoln Aviator will also be a full-size SUV with a six-cylinder engine under the hood. Still, its setup is good for 450 horsepower. Mercedes will fix the situation with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Thanks to the EQ boost system, it can produce 483 hp and 515 lb-ft, which is something we expect from this SUV. A four-wheel drive called 4Matic is standard and a nine-speed transmission shifts power to all corners of the SUV. The towing capacity of the GLS is 7,700 pounds.
The best version of the SUV is the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63. The centerpiece of the package is an enhanced V8 engine which is good for 613 horsepower. With this upgrade, you can sprint 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds. There is no too many other SUVs of similar size that can do it. Max speed is limited to 175 mph.
The base model will be out as the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. The base version costs $76,000. As said, a six-cylinder engine makes it more affordable than Lexus LX, Toyota Land Cruiser, or Lincoln Navigator. But, all of these SUVs are coming with a more powerful unit. If you want eight cylinders, then the GLS 580 is going to cost just under $100,000. With upgrades, the price reaches $130k, the level where the AMG model is taking over. The Maybach is going to be the next most expensive GLS version. Experts believe the price could reach $200,000, making the SUV a competitor to Lamborghini Urus and Range Rover SVAutobiography.