Prior to the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS later this year, a new black prototype has been spied testing with camouflage across the front and rear ends. While the camo does hide many key design elements, the differences between the outgoing GL and its successor, the GLS, are obvious.

Most prominently, the Mercedes-Benz GLS will feature new bumpers at the front and rear, an updated front grille has been fitted as have tweaked headlights and taillights which on this test mule, are largely hidden under camouflage.

When the Mercedes-Benz GLS launches, it is expected to be available in GLS350, GLS400, GLS550 and GLS63 AMG variants. Additionally, a Mercedes-Benz GLS400 will be available with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine delivering 333 hp and making for a 0-100 km/h sprint in just 6.7 seconds and a 240 km/h top speed.

Interestingly, the outgoing Mercedes-Benz GL has been in production since 2012 with little to no changes. As such, the facelifted model which will adopt the GLS name as part of the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature, will play a key role in ensuring the large offroader remains relevant in a time when more and more small cars are hitting the market.

[Via World Car Fans]

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