Replacing the GL Class, which was first launched in 2010, the new 2016 Mercedes GLS was launched in India today at INR 80.4 lakh, ex-Pune. Like its predecessor, it too will be produced at the company plant in Chakan near Pune.
Mercedes GLS facelift is a full size, 7 seater SUV. The India-spec Mercedes GLS facelift receives a 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine mated to a 9G TRONIC automatic gearbox offering 258 hp peak power and 620 Nm peak torque sending power to all four wheels via 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Changes to exterior of new Mercedes GLS facelift include new headlamps, a twin slat front grille and new bonnet design. It also gets a redesigned front bumper, updated rear bumper and tail lamps along with new 20 inch alloy wheels. 6 exterior color options are also being offered in the facelift. Interiors boast of a refreshed cabin design dominated by a new instrument cluster, new steering wheel and redesigned centre console.
It receives an 8” floating touchscreen along with updated software with COMAND infotainment system. Buyers are given the option of a new Designo Exclusive Nappa Leather package to add to the luxury of the vehicle. Abounding in safety features, these include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, active blind spot, crosswind assist, autonomous braking, etc. It also gets 5 drive modes (Comfort, Sport, Slippery, Individual, and Off-Road), 360-degree camera view, etc.
The new Mercedes GLS Class competes with the likes of Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and BMW X5. It does a 0-100 kmph in 7.8 seconds, has a top speed of 222 kmph and a turning radius of 6.2 meter.
|Power||258 hp @ 3400 rpm|
|Torque||620 Nm @ 1600 – 2400 rpm|
|0-100 kmph||7.8 seconds|
|Top speed||222 kmph|
|Tank capacity||100L (including 12L reserve)|
|Boot with 3rd row up||680 liters|
|Boot with 2nd and 3rd row folded||2300 liters|
|Turning radius||6.2 m|
|Kerb wt||2455 kg|