Mercedes' next-generation GL-class, previewed by 2012’s Ener-G-Force concept, is set to morph into a full Range Rover rival in 2018, with a big push on luxury and refinement and the addition of a long-wheelbase variant.
Mercedes has noted the trend for super luxury SUVs, like the latest Range Rover and the upcoming Bentley Falcon, and the company intends to plonk the next-gen GL right into the heart of this growing segment.
The bigger, and even more luxurious, long-wheelbase GL could take the Pullman name to represent its premium positioning. The badge is also set to be used on longer, plusher versions of the Mercedes S-class to replace the axed Maybach range.
The next-gen GL could also underpin a new Aston Martin Lagonda SUV as part of the deal between Mercedes and Aston Martin.