(L-R) Martin Schwenk and Santosh Iyer / Mercedes-Benz India

Pratishtha Rana

One of the most favoured SUVs of Mercedes-Benz, the GLS model completed a decade in India with over 6700 units sold till date. Today, the German carmaker digitally launched its newest third generation GLS, which is their largest SUV till date, via its social media channels. The event was hosted at the company’s plant in Chakan, Pune, by Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India. He also revealed plans to launch the brand’s much awaited sustainable, electric model EQC in the third quarter this year.

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The all-new GLS. Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz India
Referred to as the S-class of SUVs by auto fanatics, Mercedes-Benz GLS packs a whole new world of advanced technology, comfort and extra space; everything carefully customised to suit the preferences of new-age customers. It is a full-size 7-seater car, equipped with raging six-cylinder engines, 700Nm torque and horsepower of 367hp. Both the petrol (450) and diesel (400d) models will be sold at an introductory price tag of ₹99.90 lakh.
Interior shot via digital launch of Mercedes-Benz GLS
The interiors of the car boast of 64-coloured ambient lighting, a new multifunction sports steering wheel made from Nappa leather, a super-wide touchscreen cockpit, powered with 3D navigation and an interior assistant (Hey, Mercedes!). There is wireless charging available in front and rear, not to forget the inclusion of contactless gesture control and Burmester® surround sound system with 13 speakers for an exciting, acoustic drive on the road. The car also features a 5-zone AC for complete cooling.
On the back, the SUV flaunts a massive 2400 litre boot space. The rear seats can be folded up with just a touch of the button and the space is sufficient to carry a bicycle or similar large sized items. One of the attractive key highlights of the GLS is the panoramic sunroof which can be controlled through the tablet available in the car. Through the Mercedes App, the car owner can access options of Geofencin and,Vehicle Finder which come handy when trying to locate the car in a crowded or an expansive area like a parking lot.
Keeping up with the current Covid crisis, the GLS’s interface MBUX features NTG6 navigation system which identifies and directs you to Corona testing centres in select locations via maps. The information will be accessible to drivers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Pune.

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