Mercedes-Benz PH now has the new GLS, the S-Class of SUVs

March 25, 2020

Despite the COVID-19 threat that’s challenging the Philippines and the world over, German carmaker Mercedes-Benz is still keeping its head up high. Case in point, it recently launched the face-lifted GLS luxury SUV in the Philippines for the 20202 model year. This came courtesy of its official local importer, Auto Nation Group.

Mercedes-Benz Philippines tags the new GLS as the S-Class of SUVs. As such, its styling and the amount of luxury goodies it carries, pretty much solidifies the claim. But first things first, let’s see how it looks.

The new GLS is currently the brand’s biggest SUV model to date, surpassing by 60 mm in length its previous model. To top it all off, the PH-spec GLS comes exclusively in the AMG guise, which is great. As such, the GLS 350d 4MATIC AMG Line exudes a commanding presence.

It flaunts the AMG front bumper with distinctive air intakes in the wheel arch linings, and 21-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels. This striking appearance underscores the distinctive headlamp design. The multi-beam LED headlight technology comes as standard.

The cabin seats 7 people, with the 2nd and 3rd row seats that automatically fold via push-button to allow more wiggle room or cargo space. The front occupants, on the other hand, are greeted by an elaborately organized head unit. The said head unit is comprised of two 12.3-inch LED screens that display tons of info, and doubles as an entertainment system.

The infotainment is equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX or the Mercedes- Benz User Experience. The information on the instrument cluster and media display is easily legible on the large, high-resolution screens. An emotive presentation with brilliant graphics underlines the comprehensibility of the intuitive control structure. It also has smartphone Integration of both Apple Carplay and Android Auto for iOS and Android devices, respectively. Lastly, crisp sound is delivered by the Burmester Surround Sound System.

For safety, it comes loaded with unprecedented intelligence and precision to take the strain out of driving and actively keep you out of harm's way. It is a host of driver-assistance features. One is the Lane Tracking Package, a combination of two driving assistance systems. The Blind Spot Assist employs a radar sensor system to detect vehicles in the blind spot and duly provides the driver with visual and audible warnings.

In addition, Mercedes-Benz also added a PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist to the GLS’ roster of standard safety tech. It uses an array of advanced sensors in a vehicle’s bumper to determine if the SUV can fit into a parking spot.

Of course, all the looks and these goodies are well-complimented by what’s found under the shell. One of these is a turbocharged and diesel-fed 3.0L inline 6-cylinder motor that makes 282 hp and 600 Nm of torque. These figures are sent to all four wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox and the brand’s 4Matic 4-wheel-drive system.

The new 2020 GLS 350d 4MATIC AMG Line is now available with a sticker price of p8,990,000 and can be checked at these Mercedes-Benz showrooms - EDSA Greenhills, Bonifacio Global City, Alabang, and Cebu.

Photos by Mercedes-Benz Global.

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.