MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES 2017 GLS FLAGSHIP
The Mercedes-Benz 2017 GLS hits the road next Spring and it’s no wallflower. The automaker’s flagship full-size SUV is a big family hauler that seats seven.
The GLS isn’t a brand-new SUV, but a revised and renamed version of the GL-Class. Designers didn’t go crazy with the facelift, but the GLS gets updates in the styling department, especially in the interior. and tech department to keep it fresh for a few more years.
It also comes with upgraded drivetrains: the base engine is a GLS550 4MATIC with V8 biturbo engine featuring direct injection which generates 449 horses. A 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine, also featuring direct injection, is used in the GLS450 4MATIC and delivers 362 hps. Work your way up to the top-of-the-line performance AMG model and you’ll hit 577 horses, that’s over 27 horsepower more than its predecessor. Mercedes will also offer a diesel.
The GLS will be available to order from December 2015, with deliveries expected in late-March 2016.
HYUNDAI LAUNCHES LUXURY ‘GENESIS’ BRAND
Hyundai is finally launching a stand-alone dedicated luxury brand, named after its Genesis sedan. It will be renamed the G80 under the new brand and the Equus will become the G90. A new midsize model will get the G70 treatment. In all, Hyundai says the lineup will include six new Genesis models by 2020 and will compete with the world’s most renowned luxury car brands.
“We have created this new Genesis brand with a complete focus on our customers who want smart ownership experiences that save time and effort, with practical innovations that enhance satisfaction. The Genesis brand will fulfill these expectations, becoming a market leader through our human-centered brand strategy,” said Euisun Chung, Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman.
MAZDA PREPARES TO UNVEIL NEW CX-9
Mazda is preparing to unveil its long-awaited, due for a makeover, CX-9. The three-row crossover will make its debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show in November.
The automaker released a teaser pic showing vehicle that looks much like the Koeru concept it showed off at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. But right now the automaker is mum on details.