For a balanced, comfortable ride, the AIRMATIC suspension employs electronically controlled air springs that provide an ideal balance of ride comfort and handling composure. At the push of a button, the vehicle's ride height can be raised for added ground clearance. The suspension also lowers automatically at higher speeds for improved aerodynamics, stability and fuel-efficiency. AIRMATIC also provides automatic 4-wheel level control, to help compensate for additional cargo or passengers.
Responsive V6 and V8 biturbo engines make more power torque from less gasoline, with advanced Direct Injection and multi-spark ignition that self-tune every few milliseconds. Along with as many as nine paddle-shifted speeds, DYNAMIC SELECT lets you choose a driving mode to match your mood, from Comfort to Sport or even one for slick surfaces.
A pair of paddles strategically positioned behind the upper steering-wheel spokes allows you to manually upshift and downshift the 7-speed automatic transmission with just a flick of your fingers.
An ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights and other idle situations, to save fuel and reduce emissions. As soon as the driver lifts off the brake, the engine instantly restarts, for immediate acceleration response. The ECO Start/Stop system can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
Roomy, refined and refreshing, the GLS cabin matches innovation with indulgence. Hand-finished wood, hand-fitted upholstery and subtle metallic details surround advanced features and driver-focused controls. Crisp analog gauges flank a vivid color multifunction display in front of the driver, while an 8-inch color screen takes center stage atop the dash. Standard amenities range from heated front seats to roomy, power-folding 3rd-row seats.
The GLS accommodates up to 94 cu ft of cargo with the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats folded to create a truly flat, fully carpeted cargo floor. Floor-mounted tie-downs, side parcel nets, a grocery bag hook, and a 12-volt power outlet add convenience. A retractable and removable cargo cover enhances security.
Dual USB connectors in the console allow plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other USB-compatible digital music player. You don't need a special cable, just the one that came with your device, and the ports even provide charging of the device's battery.
Delivering remarkably crisp, clear audio quality for both AM and FM radio, HD Radio™ technology can increase the number of stations available to you with no subscription or feeder low ceilings.
All new Mercedes-Benz vehicles are protected by our New Vehicle Limited Warranty, covering defects in material or workmanship for 48-months or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. For added protection, the Mercedes-Benz Extended Limited Warranty offers continued peace of mind with prolonged coverage tailored to your needs.
Radar-based technology can alert you if you're approaching a vehicle ahead, or even some stationary objects, at a speed and distance that suggest a collision is likely. As soon as the driver starts to brake, Active Brake Assist can automatically provide an appropriate level of braking to help prevent a collision or reduce its severity. If you fail to respond, the system can also initiate braking automatically at many driving speeds.
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. With enhanced sensitivity, the system can also help detect drivers who begin their trip drowsy, and offer more useful information to drivers along their journey via a dashboard display.
Shift into Reverse, and a rear-mounted camera displays a live 180-degree view of what's behind the vehicle on the screen atop the dashboard. Active on-screen guidelines indicate the car's projected path as you turn the steering wheel.
An advanced system of 7 air bags offers 11-way occupant protection. Dual two-stage front air bags, front side-impact air bags, a driver's knee air bag, and side curtain air bags for all three seating rows are standard.