The latest GLS won’t see U.S. deliveries until the year’s fourth quarter, but the German automaker is already extolling its advances, including a new 482-hp gasoline-electric mild-hybrid drivetrain in an initial range-topping GLS 580 4Matic model.
“We’re still (forecasting) at 16.8 million” U.S. light-vehicle sales in 2019, Bob Carter says. “But I’m not going to be too surprised if it eases into 17.0 (million) or more this year.”
“In the previous XE, we had too many exposed hard plastics in the car. And we got heavily criticized for it.” Jag Design Director Ian Callum says.