Mercedes-Benz rolls out GLS Grand Edition at Rs 86.90 lakh
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Mercedes-Benz, India’s biggest German luxury car maker, introduced a special-edition version of the GLS, badged the Grand Edition in order to clear existing stocks of its flagship sports utility vehicle in Asia’s third biggest car market.

The car is sold in the GLS 350d diesel and the GLS 400 petrol version, and both priced at Rs 86.90 lakh at pan India showroom.

Globally, the Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition was introduced at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

The Pune-headquartered company said that India has emerged in the top 6 markets for the GLS SUV, globally and that the full-size luxury SUV remains a key product in the SUV portfolio of Mercedes-Benz.

This limited-run SUV gets cosmetic changes on the outside and more equipment in the cabin. The vehicles remain mechanically unchanged.

Interestingly, compared to the standard models, which retail at Rs 82.90 lakh, the special editions are Rs 4 lakh dearer.

The GLS offers an unmatched luxury experience in comparison to any other full-size luxury SUV in the segment and remains a key product in the SUV portfolio of Mercedes-Benz.

With the introduction of the GLS Grand Edition, Mercedes-Benz continues to raise the bar by offering best in class performance, premium luxury, cutting edge technology, and plush interiors inspired by the flagship luxury sedan–the S-Class.

The GLS Grand Edition gets cosmetic updates like the black rings integrated with Intelligent LED light system and 'Grand Edition' badging on the outside along with chrome fins on the bonnet to create a visual appeal for the big SUV.

“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,” Roland Folger, managing director and CEO at Mercedes-Benz India, said.

He said he was extremely confident that thus SUV would 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,” Folger said.

Inside, the GLS Grand Edition is near identical to the luxurious standard model and features a heated three-spoke multifunction steering wheel (wrapped in nappa leather) with paddle shifters, 12 function keys, and a nappa leather airbag cover.

It also gets a new, redesigned instrument panel with a semi-integrated colour screen. The Mercedes GLS Grand Edition also comes with a rear seat entertainment system as standard, which was previously only an option on the GLS. This comprises of two 7.0-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment screens mounted on the front seat backs; they are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

The special edition SUV is powered by the same 258hp/620Nm, 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine in the GLS 350d version and the 333hp/480Nm, 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine in the GLS 400 version.

The nine-speed automatic transmission, which power all four wheels (Mercedes’ 4Matic system) is also standard, as is the active suspension system called Airmatic. Mercedes also offers new service packages along with the Grand Edition – the compact pack (Rs 75,000 for the GLS 400 and Rs 1.04 lakh for the GLS 350d) is for two years.

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Michael Gonsalves