The G-Wagon will get the electric drivetrain. Can we see the same from the 2022 Mercedes GLS? Well, the full-size luxury SUV is already available with the EQ hybrid system and the EV should be a logical continuation of this story. Still, the full-size luxury SUV market is limited for now, and in a few years, we can talk about this outcome.
Until this happens, let’s stay with what we have. The latest generation is fresh and it entered the second year of production. It is not a time for the facelift. Mercedes has other plans. So, we will see the GLS unchanged in 2022. Still, the SUV is going to be one of the most luxurious models under $100,000. There is the high-end 2022 Mercedes GLS AMG package that will swim in six-digit price waters. Still, the German powerhouse battles against the most expensive SUVs with its G-Class Wagon.
There are two packages available for the largest MB SUV. Each of them comes with a special powerplant configuration and equipment. There is no need for a wide offer, since not too many buyers are willing to spend more than $80,000 for a ride. It is better to make other additions selectable from the package list.
2022 Mercedes GLS 450
The base variant is the 2022 Mercedes GLS 450. A 3.0-liter inline-six engine is turbocharged and it creates 362 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to reach 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, which is quite an achievement for the SUV that weighs 5,300 pounds. Well, Mercedes added the EQ hybrid technology to maximize the efficiency. Thanks to this support, the petrol unit can produce so much energy, keeping the gas mileage at a competitive level. The entry-level GLS 450 is returning 19/23 mpg. Just for the comparison, Land Cruiser can’t do better than 17 mpg. Plus, you are getting the 4Matic AWD from the German carmaker. A nine-speed automatic gearbox transfers power to all wheels.
2022 Mercedes GLS 580
The same case is mated to a large 4.0-liter V8. Twin-turbo and EQ systems will squeeze the maximum power out of this drivetrain. Outputs are more than impressive – 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of twist. Again, the EQ technology is enhancing the fuel economy and the 2022 Mercedes GLS 580 makes 16/21 mpg. The SUV will stop the clock just after 5 seconds sprinting 0-60 thanks to extra power. Well, this is already a serious upgrade, since the V8 will make the large luxury SUV swim into the six-digit price world.
2022 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63
If you are impressed with the previous version, hold on. AMG prepared something that will take your breath away. The top of the class version of the 2022 Mercedes GLS is the AMG63 model. A 4.0-liter V8 features a bi-turbo system, which will skyrocket the power output to 603 horsepower. Add 627 lb-ft of torque to the list of things you can hardly find elsewhere. The special treatment makes this SUV one of the most powerful in the US market. Converted to speed, the vehicle can reach 174 mph, while it needs precisely 4 seconds for the 0-60 mpg run. The price is the stumbling block for this deal. The AMG will charge its upgrades more than $50,000 above the base version.
Mercedes is well-known for the luxury its models are offering. With such a size, GLS has more space for everything. The base layout comes with seven seating spots. One down, if you select captain’s chairs in the middle row. The list of features is very long. We can spend a lot of time mentioning all the stunning products 2022 Mercedes GLS is going to offer, but we will mention only a few of the most impressive.
Definitely, we should start with the level of comfort and safety. Leather seats and upholstery are there right from the start. Higher trim levels increase the quality of materials. Heated and ventilated seats, power-adjusting systems, memory settings, multi-zone climate controls, and a driving-assist package will make everything feel so great about the GLS. Then, there is the MBUX infotainment system. The company recently updated its multimedia offer. Now, the SUV can lure buyers with the rear-seat entertaining box, premium audio, advanced voice commands, navigation, and many more.
Here comes the bad part of the review. The base MSRP of the 2022 Mercedes GLS is $76,000, without destination and other fees. If you want the GLS 580, then be prepared to splash 100k, without upgrades. The AMG version sits above $130,000. Still, the G-Wagon remains the most expensive SUV. The fuel savings are not going to cover the extra cost of maintenance. Well, this is something that goes along with luxury vehicles.