Mercedes-Benz has launched the latest generation of the GLS in India – popularly referred to as the S-Class of SUVs. The GLS completes a decade in the country and the new version is the largest and most luxurious ever – offering more space, more comfort, more tech, and more luxury. The new GLS features the most cutting-edge technology offered by any SUV on Indian roads and combines luxury with the character of a true off-roader. The interiors of the new GLS combine the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz luxury saloon with progressive detailing of an SUV. The new GLS has a considerably longer wheelbase over its predecessor (3135 mm, an increase of 60 mm), offering more space (87 mm), especially in the second seat row, which can furthermore be adjusted fore and aft.
As a full-size seven-seater SUV, the new GLS offers significantly more space and added legroom for passengers, especially for those in the second row. The GLS is also equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system and fully connected via Mercedes me Connect Services, making it a tech-savvy SUV. The interior is a synthesis of modern, luxurious aesthetics and SUV practicality – an ideal blend of modern luxury with the characteristics of an off-roader.
Mercedes me connect App also gets a new user interface and an additional new Service App that offers a seamless online experience. It has Biometric ID access for unlocking the car and keeps the customer always connected, regardless of physical location. The intuitive user interface is being rolled-out for all Mercedes me connect owners starting 1st July 2020. The new App provides a platform to offer new features that are capable of Over the Air updates. Geo-fencing, vehicle finder and remote open-close of windows and sunroof are a few features that will be shortly rolling-out. MBUX will also show COVID-19 testing centres in the head units across key metros in India.
Available in diesel 400 d 4MATIC and petrol 450 4MATIC electrified with 48-volt EQ Boost, the powerful six-cylinder engines deliver quite some performance. The petrol variant has an output of 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available. The integrated starter-generator (ISG) is responsible for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost or energy recuperation while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology.
Safety features include Active Park Assist with 360 degree surround view camera, Blind Spot-Assist & Active Brake Assist, 9 Airbags, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR), Off-road ABS and Car Wash Function
The interior package offers 64 color ambient lighting, high-gloss anthracite lime wood trim, new multifunction sports steering wheel in Nappa leather, memory package front with Seat Kinetics, THERMOTRONIC 5-zone automatic climate control, rear comfort package with extended centre console and luxury head restraints, electric sun blinds in the rear doors, front passenger seat operation from the rear, electrically adjustable second seat row, electrically folding seat backrests in second and third seat row with one-touch operation, easy entry system for third seat row, AIRMATIC level control for unloading heavy luggage, and EASY-PACK tailgate and luggage cover
The Telematics and Infotainment package comprises of Burmester® surround sound system, a 31.2 cm (12.3”) x 2 Widescreen Cockpit with touch, MBUX multimedia system (NTG6) with “Hey Mercedes” and HDD Navigation (3D), MBUX Interior Assistant – Contactless Gesture Control, Pre-Installation of Rear Seat Entertainment System, Wireless Charging (Front and Rear), MBUX rear tablet (retractable), Additional USB ports in the rear, and Mercedes me connect.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLS 400 d 4MATIC and GLS 450 4MATIC are both priced at INR 99.90 Lacs (all prices are ex-showroom, India, except Kerala).
Specifications of both variants:
|GLS 400 d 4MATIC
|Cylinders/arrangement: OM 656 BS VI In-Line/6 Cylinder
|Displacement: 2,925 cc
|Output (kW/hp): 243/330
|Peak torque: 700 Nm
|0-100 Sprint in 6.3 secs.
|GLE 450 4MATIC (EQ Boost)
|Cylinders/arrangement: M 256 BS VI In-Line/6 Cylinder
|Displacement: 2,999 cc
|Output (kW/hp): 270/367 (+ 16 kW/22 hp)
|Peak torque: 500 (+ 250 Nm)
|0-100 Sprint in 6.2 secs.