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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

It can be bewildering, the staggering array of crossovers and SUVs offered by Mercedes-Benz. There’s the G, the GL, the GLK and the GLA, not to mention the new GLE and the ML that basically started it all. So you can forgive yourself if you’ve never heard of the GLS. After all, it doesn’t currently exist. But it will soon.

In accordance with Benz’s new nomenclature, the GLS-Class will be the replacement for the GL – the largest of the Mercedes utility vehicles and the only one with three rows of seats. Since the current GL was only launched about two and a half years ago, the new nameplate won’t be attached to an all-new model just yet. But as you can see from these spy shots, it appears that Mercedes is preparing a facelifted version of the existing model to fit into the new (or at least renamed) lineup.

The biggest changes discernible from these spy shots is the revised front end, with new headlights, a more upright grille and a reshaped bumper and hood to go along with it. Around back the changes are more subtle, with reshaped tail lamps, bumper and exhaust pipes. Inside we’re expecting a cleaner center console with a new 8-inch touchscreen reportedly inspired by the iPhone.

We don’t know when, exactly, to expect the revised GLS to arrive on the scene, but given the relatively modest nature of the revisions and how close they look to being ready, we wouldn’t expect it to be long now. Whether those minor changes will be enough to keep up with the all-new Audi Q7 just announced, however, is another matter entirely.

Mercedes GLS updates Silver Star seven-seater originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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