The Philippine market is heavily dominated by midsize SUVs from Japanese and American carmakers. But for the more sophisticated individuals (with bank accounts to match) who prefer larger and more luxurious vehicles, they turn to European brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
Now, for those types of people, here’s some good news for you: Auto Nation Group, the exclusive distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines, has officially launched the all-new, third-generation GLS in the market. This will rival the new BMW X7 that arrived here just last year.
The all-new GLS is even bigger than before, standing 77mm longer and 22mm wider than its predecessor, as well as having a longer wheelbase by 60mm. It sports a slightly redesigned front fascia, still with large air intakes underneath but with a different look. It’s a bit less boxy than before and it has thinner taillights to boot, but its overall styling is still reminiscent of its predecessor.
The larger dimensions mentioned earlier translate into a more spacious cabin that’s still classic Mercedes. There’s an abundance of soft-touch leather on the dash and center console, and the seats are clad in the same plush material as well. The power-adjust controls on the front seats make their way to the second row as well for easy entry and exit of third-row passengers, even when the vehicle has been filled to the brim. Speaking of fully-loaded, the new GLS also comes with a five-zone automatic climate control, so every passenger on all three rows can set the A/C to his or her preference.
There are also two 12.3-inch displays located in the interior, one of which is the infotainment system equipped with the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The other display is the actual instrument cluster in front of the driver. In addition, excellent sound quality is guaranteed here, with a Burmester Surround Sound System.
Moving on to what’s under the hood, the all-new GLS packs a 3.0-liter straight-six turbodiesel that generates 286hp and 600Nm of torque, and is mated to a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Safety tech include lane-keeping and blind-spot assist, active brake assist, and an attention assist system, among others. There’s also a 360-degree camera as well as a Parktronic with Active Parking Assist feature that can ensure sliding into any slot will be a breeze.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS only has one variant at the moment—the 350d—and it comes with a price tag of P8,990,000. It already went on display in various Mercedes-Benz showrooms across the metro and in Cebu, but in light of the ongoing enhanced community quarantine, you might have to wait until you get a chance to see it in the metal.
So, what do you think of this new Merc? Would you take this over the X7?