Mercedes-Benz India today launched it ultra-luxury SUV Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 d at Rs. 80.4 Lakh in India.The GLS creates new benchmark in performance, luxury appointment, use of technology, cabin and boot space and plush interiors which is inspired by the flagship S-Class luxury sedan. With the launch of the GLS, Mercedes-Benz yet again reiterates its ‘top of pyramid’ product strategy by introducing the best products from its global portfolio. The GLS 350 d was launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.
Power and Performance:
The new GLS 350 is powered by a 3-litre, V6 diesel engine that produces 258 hp and a raucous 620 Nm of peak torque. The 9G-TRONIC transmission from Mercedes-Benz is one of the best in its class and has a dynamic response and ensures reduced fuel consumption. The high efficiency is resultant of a reduced torque converter slip. This auto transmission enhances driving pleasure due to dynamic gearshifts and response characteristics with smooth gear changes.
Exterior: The new radiator grille has the brand’s Three Pointed Star transition smoothly into the two horizontal louvres and thereby emphasizing the value appeal and the lines of the entire front. This detail is a hallmark trait of all SUV models from Mercedes-Benz. The modern headlamp layout borrows from the GLE and GLE Coupé. The bonnet features two power domes and highlights the powerful appearance of the GLS.
Interior: The new GLS 350 comes with aa new heated 3-spoke multifunction nappa leather steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift paddles, 12 function keys and an airbag cover in nappa leather, instruments with modified details as well as a redesigned instrument panel with semi-integrated colour Media Display. The latter offers an even better experience of the vehicle functions thanks to photo-realistic displays of images and graphics. A unique and first ever feature that enhances the environment inside the GLS is the Apple CarPlay. It provides options to make calls, listen to music, send and receive text messages and also provides access to select third-party apps that are approved by Apple CarPlay.
Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “Popularly known as the S-Class of SUVs, the introduction of the GLS underscores Mercedes-Benz’s dominance in the luxury SUV segment in India. The GLS is the epitome of exemplary engineering that cleverly combines unmatched space, with delightful driving pleasure on any terrain. With the launch of the GLS, we are glad to provide the most comprehensive luxury SUV portfolio in the country to our discerning customers. India has a growing penchant for the SUVs and at 100% growth achieved in 2015; it was the highest growing segment for us.”
Mr. Folger further added “The GLS is a distinguished and versatile SUV, as it performs effortlessly as a dynamic sports car, a luxurious cruiser or even a fully-fledged off-roader. The GLS indulges its occupants in an opulent ambience, and promises unsurpassed luxury experience that no other seven seater SUV can offer. The GLS has contributed to the success of our SUV portfolio in a significant way. India has also emerged as one of the top 10 markets for the GLS, globally. The GLS will be locally manufactured in our world-class production facility in Pune from its India launch. We are confident that the local production will make the GLS 350 d attractive for the eminent buyers with additional value propositions and increased availability. This is yet another illustration of our vision of ‘Make in India’, and gives us the opportunity to provide the newest products for our elite customers here.”
Key product features:
• 9-G TRONIC: 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
• DYNAMIC SELECT controller with 5 modes: Comfort, Sport, Slippery, Individual and Off-road
• Panoramic sunroof
• Full LED Headlamps with Intelligent Light System
• Adaptive highbeam Assist Plus
• 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive System
• AIRMATIC suspension with Adaptive Dampening System Plus
• New Generation Telematics (NTG 5*1)
• Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™
• COMAND Online with 20.3 cm (8-inches) high resolution media display and Touchpad
• Mirror package with brand logo projection
• Memory package for driver and front passenger
• Parking package with Active Parking Assist and 360° camera