Mercedes-Benz launched a new Grand Edition of its flagship SUV GLS in both the petrol and diesel version in India. The GLS 350 d Grand Edition (Diesel) and the GLS 400 Grand Edition (Petrol) both the variants gets the same sticker price of Rs 86.90 lakh (Ex Showroom, India). The Grand Edition was introduced in the market by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, and will be available across all Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes- Benz India said, “The GLS popularly referred to as the ‘S-Class of SUVs’, boasts of unparalleled levels of luxury combined with impressive comfort, agile dynamics and also best-in-class safety. Put to everyday use or venturing off the beaten track, the GLS never disappoints and effortlessly meets all requirements. Indians have a penchant for SUVs and this has pushed India to emerge as the Top 6 markets globally for the GLS, reiterating the vehicles unmatched popularity. We are extremely confident that the ‘GLS Grand Edition’ will continue to remain at the top of customer preference creating new benchmark. Mercedes-Benz India will keep striving to push the boundaries in the luxury automotive segment by driving innovation and excellence not only in our wide product line-up, but also in our customer service offerings and the overall vehicle ownership.”
Speaking of the exterior, the GLS Grand Edition gets some updates to its exterior such as LED Intelligent Light System with unique black rings, 20 inch 10-spoke light alloy wheels finished in black, Grand Edition badging and chrome finished fins on the bonnet. The car will be available in 6 exclusive paint options - Citrine brown metallic, Designo diamond white bright, Cavansite blue metallic, Obsidian black metallic, Iridium silver metallic and Tenorite grey metallic.
Inside, the Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition gets an almost similar layout as the standard version, but gets some extra bits. It comes equipped with a new heated 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel wrapped in nappa leather along with paddle shifters, 12 function keys and an airbag cover wrapped in nappa leather, two rear seat entertainment system is offered as standard with the new GLS Grand Edition, where in the standard GLS, it was offered as optional.
Mechanically, the GLS 350 d is powered by a 3.0-litre, V6 diesel engine that makes 255 bhp of maximum power with 620 Nm of peak torque, on the other hand GLS 400 features a3.0-litre V6 petrol engine produces 329bhp with 480 Nm of top torque. Both the powertrain come mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-Speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz is also offering the Compact Packages for the GLS 400 start at Rs. 75,000 and for the GLS 350 d at Rs. 104,000 for two years. These new standard packages are offered with unlimited mileage (a first in the luxury car segment) covering maintenance related jobs.