The Mercedes GLS facelift (previously know as GL) will be launched in India on May 18. The updated flagship SUV which adopts the brand’s new nomenclature made its world premiere earlier this year.
Referred to as ‘the S Class of SUVs’, the GLS features a tweaked front fascia with revised headlamps, grille and bumper. Other visual changes include new alloy wheel patterns, new taillight detailing, and a revised rear bumper. The full-sized luxury SUV also gets new exterior color options.
The interior design and layout have been carried over largely unchanged. The most significant change comes in the form of a new standalone COMAND infotainment system which replaces the integrated display. The system now employs a more powerful processor and updated software. The top-notch cabin gets new trim options and the customers can opt for Designo Exclusive Nappa Leather package to spruce up the luxury quotient.
The India-spec model would continue to be available in the GLD 350 d avatar. The SUV is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine which is mated to a 7-G Tronic automatic gearbox to develop 255 PS and 420 Nm of torque. The output will be distributed to all the four wheels via the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
The Mercedes GLS facelift will compete with the likes of Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and BMW X5. Like the existing version, it is expected to be imported into India in the form of CKD kits from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.