Mercedes-Benz GLS, facelifted GL with a new name, was finally launched in the Indian market today at a price of Rs 80.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). Refereed as the 'S-Class of SUVs', the GLS had made its debut at the LA Auto Show last year.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS gets a revised front fascia with updated grille with dual-slats, bigger logo, sportier bumpers and new LED daytime running lamps. The GLS also gets new body colours and alloy wheels. Though the cabin of the GLS remains largely similar to the GL, it now features new three-spoke steering wheel and 8-inch touchscreen.
Similar to the GL-class, the GLS also features several high-end safety features. The list of safety features include collision prevention assist, crosswind assist, attention assist, electronic all-wheel drive (AWD) traction control with 4ETS, ESP and brake assist. It also gets optional driver-assistance package that has features such as active lane keeping assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with steering assist, Pre-Safe brake with pedestrian detection, etc.
The global model of the Mercedes-Benz GLS has one AMG trim and three regular trims - GLS550 4MATIC twin-turbo V8 petrol, GLS350D V6 diesel and GLS450 V6 petrol, though the Indian model has received only one model. Powering the India-spec Mercedes-Benz GLS is a 3.0-litre, V6, diesel engine that, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, churns out a massive 258bhp at 3400rpm and 620Nm at 1600-2400rpm. The engine helps the vehicle touch the 100kmph mark from standstill in mere 7.8 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz GLS India Key Features
- 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic gearbox
-DYNAMIC SELECT Controller with 5 modes - Comfort, Sport, Individual, Slippery and Off-road
- Panoramic sunroof
- All-LED headlamps with Intelligent Light System
- Adapative Highbeam Assist Plus
- 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive system
- AIRMATIC suspension with Adaptive Dampering System Plus
- New Generation Telematics (NTG 5*1)
- Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
- COMAND Online with 8-inch display and touchpad
- Mirror Package with brand logo projection
- Memory package for driver and front passenger
- Parking package with Active Parking Assist and 360 degree Camera