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Scoop: A New Mercedes-Benz GLS Is Coming To Rival The BMW X7

The next-generation Mercedes GLS has been spied undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden.

Dressed in heavy camouflage, the redesigned crossover doesn't reveal much but the photos show the GLS will have a massive grille and LED headlights. Additional styling details are hard to make out but it appears the model will have more curvaceous bodywork and pronounced fender flares.

The model's relatively flat roof carries over but this isn't a bad thing as it should provide plenty of headroom, especially for third-row passengers.

Speaking of the interior, we can expect major changes as the GLS will undoubtedly adopt higher quality materials and modern technology. Nothing is official but we wouldn't be surprised if the crossover can be equipped with two 12.3-inch displays and an assortment of advanced driver assistance features.

Little else is known about the model but it will reportedly ride on the MHA platform which will also be used on the new GLE. The platform should enable the GLS to be significantly lighter than its predecessor and this is a good thing as the GLS 450 has a curb weight of 5,335 lbs (2,419 kg).

Engine options remain unconfirmed but the GLS will likely be offered with six- and eight-cylinder options. A plug-in hybrid variant is also likely and we can expect to see a high-performance AMG model with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.

The redesigned Mercedes GLS is expected to debut in 2019 and it will have some pretty big shoes to fill as Carsalesbase data shows the current model recently celebrated its fourth consecutive year of growing sales. However, it could be challenging to keep that momentum going as the crossover will face stiff competition from the all-new BMW X7.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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