A midcycle update to the GL brings a new nine-speed automatic transmission, small styling changes and a name change to GLS.
The 2017 Mercede-Benz GLS' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system helped navigate slick roads in Austria.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS features wider and more upright front grille.
The power dome hood is one of the new styling elements on the updated 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Benz says the new GLS name for 2017 signifies that the model is the S-class of its crossover SUV lineup.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS will arrive in dealers at the end of March.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS handled the tight and winding roads in Austria with impressive composure for a vehicle this big and heavy.
Mercedes boasts that it's the only luxury German automaker to have a crossover SUV big enough to seat seven adults comfortably.
The new grille gives the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS a slightly bolder apperance.
The United States accounts for 60 percent of GL/GLS sales worldwide.
A new nine-speed automatic transmission in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS performs quick and seamless gear changes.
Only small visual changes were made to the rear of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
With Dynamic Select in Slippery mode, the 2017 Mercedes GLS made easy work of steep, snow covered inclines.
The most popular version of the GLS is the GLS450 accounting for 70 percent of sales in the USA.
Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is standard on all GLS models.
Four different engines are available in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS lineup ranging from a diesel V6, turbocharged V6 and a couple of turbocharged V8 engines.
The Euro-spec GLS 400 is related closely to the US-spec GLS450, but has 29 less horsepower from the turbocharged V6 engine due to different tuning.
Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system in the 2017 GLS proved its worth during test drives in Austria.
Rear lamps on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS are now full LED.
The chrome exhaust finisher on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The US-spec version of the turbocharged V6 engine in the GLS450 makes 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
New headlights on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Only mild updates were performed to the interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel is one of the changes to the cabin of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The main gauge cluster to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The updated center screen in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Familiar climate controls in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The new center console with the Dynamic Select knob in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Attractive diamond stitching is available in the interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The spacious second row of seats in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The 2017 Mercedes GLS' third row offers adequate room for average size adults.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS' power third-row seats fold flat at the push of a button.