Dubbed as the S-Class of the SUV world, Mercedes-Benz India has launched the new 2020 GLS in India priced at INR 99.90 lakh for both the petrol and diesel trims. Available in the GLS 400d 4MATIC and GLS 450 4MATIC with EQ Boost; the new GLS is obviously BS6 compliant and is now available on sale across all Mercedes-Benz dealerships which are open while maintaining social distancing and keeping safety in mind. With more than 5,70,000 GLS SUVs sold worldwide till date, this SUV is surely going to attract the wealthy who need to arrive in style occupying as much luxury car real estate as possible. In India, Mercedes-Benz had so far retailed more than 6,700 units of the GLS SUV.
Mercedes-Benz will offer service packages for this new SUv starting from INR 82,100 for 2 years for the GLS 450 petrol variant and INR 98,800 for 2 years for the GLS 400d diesel variant.
Powering the Mercedes-Benz GLS is a 6-cylinder, 3.0L, turbocharged diesel motor producing 330 HP of power and 700 Nm of torque allowing this BIG SUV to sprint from 0-100 kmph in 6.3 seconds. The GLS 450 on the other hand has a 3.0L petrol motor backed with a 48V mild-hybrid system which produces 367 HP of power and 500 Nm of torque with an additional 22 HP and 250 Nm boost from the hybrid setup. The gasoline motor helps the GLS sprint 0.1 seconds faster than the diesel. Engines come matched to a 9-speed automatic gearbox with the 4MATIC 4WD setup.
The new GLS measures 5207mm in length and is 77mm longer than before, 1999mm in width and is 22mm wider than before, 3135mm in wheelbase which is 60mm longer than before, 1823mm in height and also allows for a ride height adjustment of 60mm thanks to the airmatic suspension. With the touch of a button, one can fold all the rear seats to access 2,400 litres of storage space in the new GLS.
Other key features include new all-LED headlamps with 650 metres of road illumination, new LED tail lamps, new alloy wheels, new MBUX connected technology, 11 USB points and 2 wireless chargers, revamped interiors, gesture controls for MBUX, 64 colour ambient lights, 5-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, dual 12.3″ screens for infotainment and speedometer duty, etc.
The GLS finally has a rival in India in the form of the BMW X7 which is priced a little lower than the latest Mercedes-Benz.