The standard-specification air suspension system AIRMATIC, together with the ADS PLUS adaptive damping system, ensure a high level of ride comfort and excellent driving dynamics. The damping system adjusts continuously to the actual driving and road conditions at each wheel. Pitching and rolling, for example when cornering or braking, can be effectively reduced. It is possible to select between a comfortable and a sportier configuration. The level control system ensures a constant vehicle level regardless of its load and driving condition. At high speeds, and in the “Sport” transmission mode, the vehicle is lowered in order to reduce wind resistance and further increase stability. Off-road capability can be increased by raising the level – depending on the specification.
All of the engines available on the new GLS provide better performance across the model line. The powerful GLS 500 4MATIC with V8 biturbo engine featuring direct injection now generates 455 hp, some 20 hp more than the preceding model, and at a maximum torque of 700 Nm combines outstanding performance with the high level of motoring comfort of these engines.
With nine forward gears, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission introduces a whole new dimension of efficiency, comfort and dynamism. Its high efficiency helps to reduce fuel consumption. The wider ratio range allows a reduction in engine speed. Performance remains excellent while ride comfort is enhanced and noise levels are reduced. Smaller gear ratio increments and faster gear changes lead to even greater responsiveness and agility.