The third-generation model of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship, the GLS, has now been listed on the company’s India website hinting at a launch in the near future. The GLS gets updated styling, new interior and a longer features list
Earlier this year in January, Mercedes-Benz made two big announcements – the launch of its electric vehicle brand EQ in India in April 2020, and the introduction of one model every month this calendar year. With the fast spreading coronavirus forcing us into a complete lockdown, it is highly unlikely that the company can adhere to the committed timeline. While the launch of the EQ brand may be delayed, the company has also listed its flagship SUV, the GLS, on their official website along with a teaser image.
Although the image posted on the official website only shows the alloy wheel design and some bits of the front bumper, headlight and the grille. That being said, the GLS has already been unveiled in the global market and we already know what the car looks like. If you thought that the outgoing GLS was big and butch, this new-generation model definitely takes the game further. It is now larger and wider than before, and also has a longer wheelbase. As you’d expect the GLS follows Mercedes’ SUV design philosophy with the upright twin-slat grille, the large bumper and dual kinks on the bonnet. In profile, the new GLS looks largely unchanged. The rear gets a reworked tailgate, newly designed headlights and bumpers as well.
The interior is been completely redone as well. In keeping with all the new-age Mercedes-Benz cars, this one too gets the new MBUX infotainment system. There are two 12.3-inch fully digital screens – for the infotainment system and the driver display. Other details include a new steering wheel and a touchpad instead of the rotary dial. The GLS promises to be improved in space and comfort department as well thanks to the increase in size.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t revealed any details about which engine variant they will being to Indian shores. We expect the GLS to be launched in the 350d 4Matic diesel and 450 4Matic turbo petrol engine options. The former is powered by a 2.9-litre straight-six motor that develops 281bhp and 600Nm. The petrol-powered GLS, on the other hand, pushes out 362bhp and 500Nm from a 3.0-litre six-pot turbocharged hybrid motor.
With the current lockdown, the launch of the new GLS in India is still unconfirmed as of now. When it does make it to India, expect it to be priced in the Rs 90 lakh to Rs 1.05 crore range.