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What’s this? The ‘new’ GLS. Don’t be confused by Merc’s fresh naming scheme: this is basically the old GL with an ‘S’ tacked on the back and a new grille and headlights grafted on its nose. Very much a mid-life facelift, then, but if you’re not able to stretch to a Pullman Maybach S-Class, or can’t bear the thought of a V-Class, then this is the only way you’ll get more than five seats in something wearing a three-pointed star on its nose. Useful, then? Mercedes-Benz is touting the GLS as the SUV equivalent of the S-Class, and while it cannot quite live up to the S’s opulence, it’s not far off. It’ll get down and dirty in a way you’d never manage with an S either.