Just In: GL350 CDi and the S500L launched while SLS AMG ‘Desert Gold’ showcased – Updated on 5th Jan at 2.30 pm
Mercedes Benz has launched the GL350 CDi and the S500L at the Auto Expo. The GL350 CDi retails for Rs. 64.9 lakhs while the S500L is priced at RS.95 lakh. The prices quoted for both the vehicles are ex-showroom Delhi.
The highlight of the Mercedes Benz stall was the SLS AMG ‘Desert Gold’ that was showcased in a gold paint finish and the hatchback Concept coupe Fascination. Currenlty, the AMG SLS, displayed is in the right hand drive version, and will be launched in India, as soon as the modification is done. The tentative price for the SLS AMG Desert Gold is said tobe in around Rs. 2 crore.
Also in the Mercedes pavilionl, the new E 350 along with E 350 CDI and the C250 were on display. The company also showcased its M-class Luxury edition and E-class Coupe along with its AMG line-up. According to the manufacturer, the theme highlights their future stragety for the Indian market. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, MD and CEO, Mercedes Benz India said that their cars reflect excitement and excellence and it will be evident through the products that they unveil in 2010.
AMG SLS Desert Gold
Concept Coupe Fascination
Live Update- 5.30pm- 5th January, 2010
Mercedes Benz formally launched it’s multi axle luxury passenger bus at the expo. The two axles at the back significantly increase passenger comfort and braking. According to Mr Schick (designation) and Mr Alba (designation) who formally launched the bike, the bus has been developed to the highest standards of safety and reliability. This bus has the chassis and drivetrain made in Brazil, with some components sourced here and the body is built by Sutlej in various configurations with attention being given to safety and passenger comfort. Fire retardant materials are used extensively and there are two LCD screens for the passengers. MB has already been running 25 of the buses here prior to their launch, to troubleshoot them for Indian conditions, and Mr Schick was at pains to stress that MB has taken care to see that all logistical support is already in place, prior to selling the units, so as to minimize customer down time. They are also planning to train dealers and their staff. Based on volumes, MB may introduce more designs apart from the long distance and city buses, but that is subject to the number of units sold.
Generally upbeat about the improving economic scenario, MB hopes to sell 800 – 1000 units this year of these luxury buses. The ceremony ended with MB handing over symbolic keys to some of the operators who have placed an order for their vehicles, including Neeta Travels, Parveen travels and Sophie lines.
The cost of these luxury buses is pegged at approximately 85 Lakhs
Yes, there will be the R8s and the Porsches to drool over. But one car that will truly stand apart is the SLS AMG – a modern age classic that is sure to make each and every member of audience go weak in their knees (unless they are mentally or physically crippled!). After the success of the SL-class in India and the rate at which supercars are gaining popularity in our country, Mercedes-Benz will surely get the SLS to our lucrative market. The car will stand proudly alongside the entire range of AMGs that Mercedes-Benz sells in India.
Watch the Gullwing in action below:
The S-class recently underwent a midlife facelift a few months back. The new look S-class will now make its first Indian appearance at this Expo and will go on sale instantly. We are expecting the price tag to remain exactly the same as the current models/variants. Complete coverage on the new S-class will be updated once we are back!
The big brother to the ML-class, the GL, will be officially unveiled at the Expo. The SUV will be powered with V6 and V8 engines ranging from 3.0-litre to 5.5-litre capacities. When the car goes on sale in India, it will take on the highly popular Q7, the X5 and the Volvo XC90. Pricing is expected to lie in the range of Rs. 80-lakh to Rs. 1 crore. The car is expected to go on sale instantly after the Expo.
Apart from the above mentioned models, Mercedes-Benz will have on display the new E-Class, the CLS, the ML and the SLK. Mercedes- Benz will be placed in Hall no. 15.
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