Mercedes-Benz refreshes the GL-Class, calls it the GLS. The updated model gets styling enhancements, more features and a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz has brought in their GLS into India with the launch of the GLS 350 d with prices starting at Rs. 80.40 lakh (ex-showroom Pune). The GLS is essentially a face-lifted version of Mercedes’ original seven-seater luxury SUV, the GL-Class. The GLS comes in at a time when Mercedes-Benz is changing its model naming culture for its SUV range.
The GLS has been given a new front end design with sleeker swept back head lamps that resemble those of other new Mercs. The grille is a bolder unit and while the bumper remains much the same, there is a fair bit of chrome garnish on it now. The vehicle also gets a new rear bumper and new LED tail lamps. Completing the exterior makeover are a new set of alloy wheels.
The face-lift has given the new GLS a new instrument panel, an eight-inch infotainment screen along with a touch pad to toggle its controls and a new three spoke steering wheel. There are also five dimming settings for ambient lighting. The car also gets Remote online services free of charge for the first five years. With all of the additions and changes to the new model, Mercedes is referring to the new GLS by calling it the S-Class of SUVs. Complimenting this notion is the car's air suspension system for an opulent ride. Mercedes will be assembling the new model in India.
Mercedes is only offering the new GLS in India in 350 d spec that is powered by a 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine developing 255bhp of max power and 620Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. This gives the luxury SUV a 0 – 100 km/h 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 222 km/h. The powertrain allows the driver to choose from five driving modes.
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