Like the M-Class, the big GL-Class will also be renamed when it is facelifted next year. It will be called the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, to reinforce that it’s the “S-Class” of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV line-up.

The M-Class will become the GLE-Class, while below that will be the new GLC-Class (previously GLK). The G-Class will stand in a class of its own.

From these spyshots, we see that the updated GLS-Class will get new front and rear lights, a more upright front grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers and a reshaped engine hood.

If there are changes under the hood, they could mirror the new engine line-up from the recently unveiled GLE-Class Coupe – that could mean it could get the new nine-speed gearbox.

The pre-facelift car is available in Malaysia as a GL 400, powered by a 3.0 litre twin turbo V6. The Range Rover fighting SUV is priced at RM842,888 – a price that’s like an S-Class of SUVs indeed.