We reported in detail when the new gen Mercedes GL Class was recently launched in our country. Back then, we told you that the CKD assembly of the new GL Class would commence soon and this could mean that the car would get a substantial price cut. We expect the CKD model to be cheaper by upto INR 10 lakhs.
Mercedes India has already found buyers for the first 100 units of Mercedes Benz GL350 CDI, which came to us as CBU imports, and have been called as “Launch Edition”. These 100 cars sport an AMG body kit, 21 inch AMG alloy wheels, Designo Upholstery and temperature controlled cup holders.
The Indian subsidiary of Mercedes has now notified us that the CKD assembly of the latest gen GL Class would commence in the last week of August and the first assembled in India GL Class will roll out on August 26. This would be the first time that a GL Class would be assembled outside of Merc’s USA plant in Tuscaloosa.
The latest generation of the GL Class made its international debut early last year and has won plenty of rave reviews for its mechanicals and new age design. The talking point of the latest GL’s exterior styling is its bold grille, SL inspired headlamps and daytime LED running lamps.
On the inside, the car comes draped in acres of leather and adorned with plenty of wood inserts.
Powering the India spec Mercedes Benz GL Class is 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
- 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
- Valves timing:
- Additional features: variable turbo, intercooler
- DOHC chain-driven, V-72deg
- Start-Stop system
- 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