The available space: Room for living large

The new GLS has a considerably longer wheelbase than its predecessor (3125 mm, an increase of 60 mm). This creates more space, which benefits especially the second seat row, which can be electrically adjusted fore and aft by 10 cm. Legroom in these seats grew by 87 mm over the predecessor in the rearmost position. The longer wheelbase also makes it easier to get to the rear seats. The greater length behind the front seats also increases the maximum loading capacity of the luggage area.

The new GLS offers plenty of room even for tall people and when every seat is occupied. Thanks to the high and upright seating position typical of an SUV and the generous adjustment ranges of the seats, even people two metres tall find an ergonomically correct seating position in rows one and two. And even the seats in the third row are comfortable for people up to 1.94 metres tall.

As standard, the front seats are electrically adjustable for seat cushion length, height and angle, backrest angle and head restraint height. Their fore-and-aft and height adjustment ranges have been increased by 15 mm and 10 mm respectively, so that very tall drivers in particular enjoy more space and comfort. The electrical fore/aft adjustment of the second seat row enables optimal use of the available space depending on the number of occupants and the needed luggage space. The seat cushions of the second row fold with a 60:40 split, the backrests fold with a 40:20:60 split.

The two luxury individual seats of the six-seat configuration, which are available as an alternative to the seat bench with 60:40 split, provide a passageway to the rear seats measuring 19 cm in width. In conjunction with the legroom in the middle row, this allows getting to the rear seats without having to fold the middle seats. This is practical when child seats are installed there, for example. The US market attaches particular importance to this room for manoeuvre. That is why the six-seat specification is standard there, while the seven-seater is the option.

There is lots of room for the luggage of five people even without setting the backrests of the seat bench more upright or reducing the knee room behind the front seats. If row three is not needed, four golf bags, for example, can be accommodated horizontally under the luggage roller cover behind the second seat row without having to move up the rear seats electrically. This is where the new GLS takes advantage of a greater width between the wheel tubs. To be able to transport an especially large amount of luggage and five people, the angle of the backrests of the bench with 60:40 split can be adjusted from the standard position of 26 degrees to a more upright cargo position at a minimum angle of 12 degrees.

When the rear seat rows are fully folded, there is a maximum luggage capacity of 2400 litres behind the front seat backrests, 100 litres more than in the predecessor. The floor length of the luggage compartment is nearly 2.22 m, more than 9 cm longer than in the predecessor.

To be able to make ideal use of the large and level luggage compartment and secure the load well against shifting when it only takes up part of the area, four tie-downs are installed as standard. A selection of tailor-made retaining and protective devices for more secure accommodation of, for example, leisure equipment in the interior is available in the accessories range.

Even when all three seat rows are in use, there is still a maximum luggage capacity of 470 litres and thus 80 litres more than in the preceding generation.

On the next page: the main interior dimensions.

The main interior dimensions

 

New GLS

Predecessor

Diff.

Headroom, front

mm

1051

1046

+5

Headroom row 2

mm

1022

1015

+7

Headroom row 3

mm

988

988

0

Legroom, front

mm

1024

1024

0

Legroom row 2 (maximum)

mm

1065

978

+87

Legroom row 3 (maximum)

mm

878

888

-10

Elbow width, front

mm

1545

1540

+5

Elbow width row 2

mm

1523

1529

-6

Elbow width row 3

mm

1291

1295

-4

Shoulder width, front

mm

1506

1485

+21

Shoulder width row 2

mm

1485

1482

+3

Shoulder width row 3

mm

1278

1282

-4

Width of luggage compartment between the wheel tubs

mm

1050

1027

+23

Luggage compartment depth behind front seats

mm

2025

2011

+14

Luggage compartment depth behind row 2

mm

1053- 1153*

1250

-97

Luggage compartment depth behind row 3

mm

391

340

+51

Luggage compartment floor length behind front seats

mm

2217

2124

+93

Luggage compartment floor length behind
row 2

mm

1277- 1377*

1330

+47

Luggage compartment floor length behind
row 3

mm

570

500

+70

Max. luggage compartment capacity VDA behind row 2, to upper edge of backrest

L

max. 890

680

+210

Max. luggage compartment capacity VDA behind row 3, to upper edge of backrest

L

355

295

+60

Maximum luggage compartment capacity

L

2400

2300

+100

* with rear seat bench moved forward by 100 mm

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