LA Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz introduces the 2017 GLS

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Following the recent reveal online, German automaker Mercedes-Benz has officially presented to the public the facelifted 2017 GLS (formerly the GL-Class) during the Los Angeles event. The renaming scheme is taking hold at Mercedes-Benz, with the refreshed GLS referencing its companion S-Class over at the passenger car lineup. The new flagship of the SUV model range has received an updated front end with refreshed headlights and a modified grille. Also new are the more dynamic bumpers front and back and the updated design for the taillights. Customers can also have the more menacing optional Sport package to go with the GLS550, coming with bespoke bumpers, running boards and 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. The interior unfortunately was touched far less but comes with a different three-spoke steering and adopts the free-standing COMAND Online infotainment system with an 8-inch tablet-like screen. Also on tap are revisions to the trim and the updated center console has a new touchpad controller. Buyers can also have the AMG Line interior specification complete with nappa leather sport seats, a sports steering wheel, and stainless steel pedals with rubber studs. The instrument cluster also has a different graphics design with a graduated checkered flag motif. Engines for the US specification include the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 churning out 362 bhp (270 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque; the twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 delivering 449 bhp (334 kW) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque; the massive twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 boasting 577 bhp (430 kW) and 561 lb-ft (759 Nm) of torque and a lonely 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 pushing out 255 bhp (190 kW) and 455 lb-ft (616 Nm) of torque. Deliveries have been scheduled for March 2016, with order books for the 2017 GLS being opened in December.