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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition – High-Luxe for a High Price

Could “Grand Edition” Features Suggest a New GLS on the Way?

Jan 9, 2018
Mercedes-Benz will debut a new GLS-Class variant in Detroit next week, alongside the all-new G-Class. The 2018 GLS Grand Edition will bring exclusive interior trims and luxury features to Mercedes’ three-row SUV, but if previous Grand Edition vehicles are any indication, it could also suggest that 2018 will be the final model year for the current GLS.
Photo 2/8   |   2018 Mercedes Benz Gls450 Grand Edition Side Profile
If that’s the case, the GLS will be going out on a high note, as the Grand Edition comes with just about everything included. Available in GLS450 and GLS550 variants, the Grand gets designo Nappa leather seating with diamond-pattern quilting and something called “Budapest-design” piping. A Nappa leather dashboard adds richness, as does interior trim finished in open-pore brown ash with light stripes.
Photo 3/8   |   2018 Mercedes Benz Gls Grand Edition Interior Dashboard
Photo 4/8   |   2018 Mercedes Benz Gls Grand Edition Interior Wood Trim
Outside, the GLS450 gets standard 20-inch wheels, while the GLS550 gets 21-inchers. Both models feature LED front lighting, presumably with curve illumination and automatic high beams. Both get “Grand Edition” badging, a subtle reminder to everyone else that you’re driving the best GLS that Mercedes-Benz has to offer. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but don’t expect it to cost one red cent less than a similarly equipped GLS450, which starts at about $78,000.
We suspect the Grand Edition might be the last hurrah for the current-generation GLS-Class, codenamed X166. In the past, Mercedes-Benz has trotted out European-market Grand Editions of vehicles it replaced the next model year, including on the 2011 GL-Class (the GLS’ predecessor). Does the 2018 GLS Grand Edition presage a new model coming next year? Hard to say, especially since the G-Class will be all new for 2019, and we’d assume Benz would want to focus all of its attention on that SUV.
Photo 5/8   |   2018 Mercedes Benz Gls550 Grand Edition Fender Badge
On the other hand, not everyone is in the market for a six-figure, ultra-capable luxury SUV, and some customers like the third-row seat and on-road comfort that the GLS-Class offers. If the G-Class gets curious folks to visit their local Mercedes dealer, maybe a new-for-2019 GLS can convince them to go for a test drive and sign on the dotted line.
Source: Mercedes-Benz

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