Regulars here would know that we are closely following the developments associated with the India launch of the new gen Mercedes GL Class. The car maker has been promoting the upcoming car on social networking websites since sometime now and there is even a Facebook contest underway to promote the upcoming GL Class SUV. In this contest, the participants are required to correctly answer some questions to win a chance to meet tennis star Boris Becker. The winners might also win a chance to get his/her child admitted at Becker’s tennis clinic in Bengaluru.
The new 2013 Mercedes GL Class will be unveiled in India on May 16 and it is being said that the car will be launched in the GL350 CDI diesel variant. The new GL will be unveiled by tennis legend Borris Becker. The car will be launched in an event in New Delhi and the new GL will be 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 new car, unlike the outgoing model, will come to us via CKD assembly. However, the initial batches will be imported in to India as via CBU route.
Powering the India spec Mercedes GL Class will be a 3.0 litre diesel engine which has a max power output of 255 bhp and a peak torque figure of 632Nm. The motor is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
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: 190 kW / 258 PS / 255 hp (ECE)/ 3600
Torque: 632 Nm / 457 ft-lb / 1600 2400