The new gen Mercedes GL Class has finally been launched in our country and goes on sale for INR 77.5 lakhs (ex showroom, Delhi). The new car was launched by tennis star Boris Becker.
The new 2013 Mercedes GL Class has been launched in India in the GL350 CDI diesel variant and becomes the first car to be launched by Mercedes in India this year. The latest generation of the GL Class made its internationally early last year. The latest generation of GL Class gets a bold grille, SL inspired headlamps and daytime LED running lamps. On the inside, the car gets acres of leather with wood inserts. The new GL is based on the ML Class and is more spacious than the earlier model.
Powering the India spec Mercedes GL Class will be a 3.0 litre diesel engine which has a max power output of 260 PS and a peak torque figure of 620Nm. The motor is mated to a dual clutch 7-speed automatic gearbox and the car can dismiss 100 kmph from standstill in less than 10 seconds.
The GL Class, which is a full size luxury SUV, is known as the S Class of SUVs and comes loaded to the brim with gizmos and safety features. The features list of the 2013 Mercedes GL Class SUV includes –
* COMAND Navigation
* Panoramic Sunroof
* Active Park Assist
* Three Zone Climate Control
* Wind Assist System to fight off the cross winds
* 360 degree Camera System
Starting September, the new GL Class will start coming to us via CKD assembly. This would make the car cheaper by almost INR 10 lakhs. However, the first batch of new GL will be imported in to India via CBU route. The first 100 units of Mercedes Benz GL350 CDI, which will come to us as CBU imports, will be called as “Launch Edition” and these 100 cars will sport an AMG body kit, 21 inch AMG alloy wheels, Designo Upholstery and temperature controlled cup holders.
Engine manufacturer: Daimler-Benz OM642 LS DE 30
Engine type: diesel
Fuel type: diesel
Fuel system: common rail
Charge system: turbocharger
Valves per cylinder: 4
Additional features: variable turbo, intercooler
DOHC chain-driven, V-72deg
Emission control: DPF, oxi-cat, deNOx-cat
Cylinders alignment: V 6
Displacement: 2987 cm3 / 182.4 cui
Power net: 260 PS/ 3600
Torque: 620 Nm / 1600 2400