Leading luxury car maker
Mercedes-Benz has launched the new GLS 350 d. The GLS creates new benchmark in
performance, luxury appointment, use of technology, cabin and boot space and
plush interiors which is inspired by the flagship S-Class luxury sedan. The GLS
350 d was launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz
India in New Delhi. Unfortunately, this
new luxury SUV cannot be sold in Delhi NCR because of the Supreme Court ruling
banning all passenger cars powered by diesel engine capacity of 2000cc and
commences the local production of the GLS 350 d with its India launch. The GLS
350 d is priced at Rs. 80.40 lakhs ex-showroom Pune
Under the hood of the new GLS
350 d is a powerful 3-litre, V6 diesel engine that produces 258 hp and 620 Nm
of peak torque. The engine is motorised by the revolutionary 9G-Tronic
transmission from Mercedes-Benz. The 9G-Tronic in the GLS 350 d has a more
dynamic response and ensures reduced fuel consumption. The high efficiency is
resultant of a reduced torque converter slip. The 9G-Tronic auto transmission
enhances driving pleasure due to dynamic gearshifts and response
characteristics with smooth gear changes.
The striking exterior of the
GLS with the new radiator grille has the brand's Three Pointed Star transition
smoothly into the two horizontal louvres and thereby emphasizing the value
appeal and the lines of the entire front. This detail is a hallmark trait of
all SUV models from Mercedes-Benz. The modern headlamp layout borrows from the
GLE and GLE Coupé. The bonnet features two power domes and highlights the
powerful appearance of the GLS.
In concert with the full-LED
tail lights with a new layout and the hallmark night design of the brand, the
integrated trapezoidal chrome tailpipe trim elements round off the exterior
design in grand style. The new GLS reflects harmony and modern luxury expressed
in a large-size SUV format. Chrome-look details such as the roof rails,
underbody protection, beltline trim strip, luggage compartment handle and side
sill trim add attractive highlights. The GLS sports a 50.8 cm (20-inch)
10-spoke light-alloy wheels that further enhances the sporty appeal of the SUV.
The interior offers the
S-Class standard among SUVs. Furthermore, up to seven passengers can enjoy an
outstanding level of comfortable spaciousness. The powerfully dynamic and
elegant interior architecture, refined materials, a great love of detail, good
ergonomics and the generous space – the interior of the GLS conveys the
hallmark feel-good atmosphere of the Mercedes-Benz brand. In terms of storage
space, the GLS provides a volume of 680 to 2300 litres and as such clearly
surpasses the amount of space offered by the vehicle's European competitors. Of
particular note in the high-quality elegant interior are a new heated 3-spoke
multifunction nappa leather steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift
paddles, 12 function keys and an airbag cover in nappa leather, instruments
with modified details as well as a redesigned instrument panel with semi-integrated
colour Media Display. The latter offers an even better experience of the
vehicle functions thanks to photo-realistic displays of images and graphics. A
unique and first ever feature that enhances the environment inside the GLS is
the Apple CarPlay. It provides options to make calls, listen to music, send and
receive text messages and also provides access to select third-party apps that
are approved by Apple CarPlay.
A host of active and passive
safety features relieve the burden on the driver and protect the occupants of
the GLS. As standard on the GLS are the Pre-Safe system, BAS Brake Assist, the
electronic all-wheel drive traction system 4ETS, ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist
and cruise control. Optimal protection potential is provided by the passive occupant
protection systems together with the "electronic crumple zones" of
the assistance systems and the intelligent body design. Adaptive, two-stage
airbags for driver and front passenger, side bags for driver, front passenger
and the middle row seats (combined thorax/pelvis bags) and window bags across
all three seat rows are also part of the standard specification. In addition,
the GLS is fitted with three-point safety belts on all seven seats.
Roland Folger said: “Popularly
known as the S-Class of SUVs, the introduction of the GLS underscores
Mercedes-Benz’s dominance in the luxury SUV segment in India. The GLS is the
epitome of exemplary engineering that cleverly combines unmatched space, with
delightful driving pleasure on any terrain. With the launch of the GLS, we are
glad to provide the most comprehensive luxury SUV portfolio in the country to
our discerning customers. India has a growing penchant for the SUVs and at 100%
growth achieved in 2015; it was the highest growing segment for us.”
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