Mercedes-Benz GLS is essentially the facelifted version of the currently sold GL SUV.
Mercedes-Benz will launch the new GLS SUV in India on May 18, 2016. Touted as ‘the S-Class of SUVs’, the GLS is essentially the facelifted model of the GL-Class, now following the brand’s new nomenclature. Subtle tweaks and changes have been made inside-out in the new model so as to make it more competitive against rivals like the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.
In comparison to the currently sold GL SUV, the GLS gets a thoroughly revised front end featuring a new bumper, a double slat grille and new S-Class inspired head lamps with daytime running lights. The side-profile remains largely unchanged from the outgoing version, albeit a new set of alloy wheels replace the old ones. At the back, the bumper has been re-sculpted while the LED tail lamps are completely new.
Inside, there are noticeable updates. The GLS has a new three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather. A new instrument panel and an 8-inch infotainment screen along with a touch pad on the centre screen are some of the other new additions in the vehicle. Like the GL, the GLS will come with a seven-seat layout.
Internationally, the GLS is offered with 3 engine options including two petrol and a diesel motor. The India-spec version is likely to get only the diesel mill. Billed as the GLS350d, the luxo-barge will sport a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine developing 251bhp of maximum power and 617Nm of peak-torque. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox sending power to all four wheels. The GLS63 AMG version fitted with a 569bhp/760Nm producing 5.5-litre petrol V8 is also expected for the Indian market, albeit it will come at a later stage.
Expect a slight price hike on the new GLS as compared to the currently available GL in India. This means it’s likely to have a sticker price starting from around Rs 80 lakh.
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