The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 is one of two models currently on South African shores by the German manufacturer. The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 7 seater SUV will be powered by a V8, 4.0-litre twin turbo with EQ Boost hybrid.
This V8 produces an output of 360kW and 700Nm, with the EQ boost hybrid producing 16 kW more. We also welcome the Mercedes GLS entry-level variant GLS 400d. A 3.0-litre turbodiesel straight-6 motor powers the entry-level GLS 400d. The diesel engine produces 243 kW and 700 Nm. The mighty performance model in the range, AMG GLS 63, is expected to arrive later.
Standard wheels are 19-inch units, but you can go up to 21-inch alloys. For those wanting to beef up the look of the GLS, you can opt for the AMG Line package (R62 000). For the bolt-on MBUX enhancement, you’re looking at R25 000 for the Innovation package, while semi-autonomous driving tech is available with 2 packages of R42 000 and R37 300. If you really want to try out the offroad capabilities, it’s best to tick the OffRoad Engineering Package for R32 300. Enhanced air suspension with adaptive damping is a standard feature.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 Active Distance Assist Distronic with route-based speed adaptation is an optional extra. This feature recognises and responds to traffic tailbacks before the driver becomes aware of them. This slows the vehicle to 100 kph as a precaution. Once the tailback is clear, the GLS will then accelerate back up to the preset speed.
The GLS 580 offers generous space for rear occupants. All 3 seat rows are electrically adjustable, with the third row being lowered into the floor. This will cater for up to 2400 litres loading capacity. The optional Rear Comfort Package adds luxury head restraints as well as a removable 7-inch Android tablet with its own docking station. It also includes a wireless charging station. The package also includes five-zone automatic climate control for the rear seats.
For even higher luxury levels, buyers can also consider the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, which is also available in South Africa.