2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS facelift debuts with refreshed looks & software


Mercedes-Benz continues to roll out facelifts of its lineup; the latest one to get facelifted is the gigantic GLS. And, as you might know, the GLS lineup includes the regular GLS variants, the AMG GLS, and of course, the Maybach GLS as well. As with the other models in the Merc lineup, the GLS facelift deals with subtle styling revisions, onboard tech upgrades and a fully electrified powertrain lineup.

The styling revisions on the regular GLS models include a revised front grille with four louvers that are galvanized in high-quality Silver Shadow; redesigned front bumper with high-gloss black inserts, and of course, a new set of 20-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels in Himalayas Grey with a high-sheen finish. The Maybach GLS continues to look just as gaudy as it ever was; while the front bumper has been redesigned—which sort of reduces the gaudiness, the grille height appears to have been extended a bit, which cancels out that little fix. That said, I personally think that the front fascia looks relatively better now. But anyway, the model rides on 23-inch Maybach-typical forged wheels; the wheel bolt cover is new to the options list.

The AMG GLS facelift looks almost identical to the outgoing model, but even if there are any visual tweaks, no one can identify them anyway. As with other GLS models we saw above, there’s a new taillight signature. Wheel sizes range from 21- to 23-inches; the wheels hide red calipers.

Two new paint finishes have been added to the GLS palette: Alpine Grey (non-metallic) and Sodalite Blue (metallic).

Inside, there’s an updated version of the MBUX software, of course. It offers three themes for the displays: Classic, Sporty, Discreet, and three modes: Navigation, Assistance, Service. As for materials, two new leather colors have been added. The range of interior trim finishes has also been revised. Glossy brown lime wood is now standard. The glossy black flowing lines piano lacquer—which was previously reserved for the Maybach GLS—is now available for the entire GLS lineup. The Maybach GLS now gets ambient lighting with animated projection of the Mercedes‑Maybach pattern as standard. This model also now features diamond-pattern quilting with perforations on the seat centre sections and backrests.

The AMG GLS already featured plenty of standard stuff. These include—among other things—a Burmester sound system; electric panoramic sliding sunroof; heated and climatized front seats; 360-degree Parking Pilot; AMG Ride Control+ suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, and more. The latest-gen AMG Performance steering wheel is also onboard.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the regular GLS models are available in GLS 450 4Matic (280 kW/381 metric hp 3.0L petrol), GLS 580 4Matic (380 kW/517 metric hp 4.0L V8 petrol), GLS 350 d 4Matic (230 kW/269 metric hp 3.0L diesel) and GLS 450 d 4Matic (270 kW/367 metric hp 3.0L diesel) variants. All of these are coupled with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that offers a 15 kW (20 metric hp) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) additional boost. In the GLS 580, these figures are 16 kW (22 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft).

The Maybach GLS (GLS 600 4Matic) packs a 410 kW (557 metric hp) 4.0L V8 biturbo petrol engine, also combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that offers 16 kW (22 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of additional boost.


The AMG GLS (GLS 63 4Matic+) continues with a 450 kW (612 metric hp) 4.0L V8 biturbo motor + 48-volt mild-hybrid system that offers 16 kW (22 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of additional boost.

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