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Mercedes Benz GLS400

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The discerning customers’ of the country get the petrol-friendly version of the monstrous SUV from the 'Three-Pointed Star'

Mercedes Benz GLS400

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Key Takeaways

  • The German automaker Mercedes is launching its eighth vehicle this year alone in India.
  • It is this model’s flagship petrol variant SUV.
  • The diesel variant was launched three months ago.
  • It is a 3.0L V6 engine.

All you need to know about the new Mercedes Benz GLS400

  • The recent 2.0litre diesel ban ended up having a silver lining after all. At least in this case – the resurgence of petrol engine, its capabilities, its power and the speed at which this market is growing in India.
  • Making use of this opportunity and its advantages, Mercedes released the new GLS400 petrol variant.

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What is GLS?

In essence, the GLS is a facelifted version of the earlier GL series which was introduced with the new Mercedes naming terminology that the auto manufacturer executed last year.

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What is the GLS400?

  • This petrol powered vehicle is a flagship SUV and is the only SUV that is petrol driven in this segment.
  • The GLS400 is a befitting successor to the popular, former GL500 that had captured many hearts when launched a couple years ago.
  • It is placed above the GLS 350d and makes its way to India, the CBU route.

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About the vehicle

  • The price of the SUV is INR 82.90 lakhs (just a lakh more than the GLS350d).
  • Available only in 1 variant – 2996cc 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine which produces a power of 329BHP and a torque of 480Nm at levels as low as 1600rpm.
  • The presence of the 4MATIC will continue to be operating with an all-wheel-drive.
  • The engine will be linked to the 9G-Tronic+ automatic transmission.
  • Although portrayed to be a family car, this 7-seater could give faster and sportier cars a serious run for their money.
  • In a flash of 6.4 seconds the SUV goes from 0-100 km/h.

Exterior

  • The facelift design gets couple updates, including the front profile which gives the vehicle a new age look. Some of the changes are – a larger tri-star logo on the grille, multi-beam headlights with integrated DRLs and a sportier exterior look.
  • Some additional features include a panoramic sunroof, adaptive high beam assist plus, full LED headlamps with intelligent light systems.
  • There are two colour options for you to choose from, Polar White and Obsidian Black.

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Interiors

  • As the sister model GLS350d, this model too will come with similar features which we have seen before.
  • Overall arrangement of gizmos and gadgets and dashboard design are analogous to the S-Class.
  • All three rows of seating gets leather upholstery which add to the plush feeling additionally, the cabin features aluminium bits and quality trims.
  • An updated 8” tablet like infotainment display system is in place which runs with the latest COMAND system.
  • Fancy different colour lights made available, the GLS400 offers a chance to choose your favourite ambient light colour in the cabin.
  • Some additional features include Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system with 14 speakers , cruise control and dynamic select handling control system (changes noticeable in the suspension characteristics, transmission, engine and steering customizable to different terrain driving like – slippery, comfort, individual, sport and off-road (a cakewalk for this muscle monster).

Safety and Security

Safety features comprises brake assist, ESP with curve dynamic assist, side bags for driver, electronic all-wheel drive traction system, adaptive two-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger and three-point safety belts in all seven seats among others.

Specifications

GLS400

Automaker

Mercedes Benz

Year of Launch

2016

Body Type

SUV

Engine Mill

2966cc

Engine Capacity

V6 Petrol Engine

Variants

Single

Pricing

INR 82.90 lakhs

Transmission type

Automatic

Number of cylinders

6

Maximum power bhp@rpm

333BHP@5250-6000rpm

Maximum torque Nm@rpm

480Nm@1600-4000rpm

Length

5130mm

Width

1934mm

Height

1850mm

Wheelbase

3075mm

Boot space

680L

Kerb weight

2435Kg

Gross weight

3250Kg

Tire type

Tubeless

Seating capacity

7

Fuel tank capacity

100L

Fuel type

Petrol

Top speed

240 km/h

Acceleration 0-100kmph

6.4 seconds

Drive Train

AWD

Updated and Features Rich

Features

GLS400

Air conditioner

Yes

Heater

Yes

Power windows front

Yes

Power windows rear

Yes

Power steering

Yes

Airbags

Yes

ABS

Yes

Keyless entry

Yes

Central locking

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

USB & auxiliary input

Yes

Speakers (front)

Yes

Bluetooth connectivity

Yes

GPS navigation

Yes

Automatic headlamps

Yes

Steering mounted audio

Yes

Rear parking sensor

Yes

Rear parking camera

Yes

Adjustable Seat

Yes

Automatic Climate control

Yes

Competition

  • The closest competition for the GLS400 is the Range Rover Sport V6 petrol and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. In comparison, they come with only 5-seater options as opposed to the 7-seater options of the GLS400.
  • Other competitors include the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7.

On the occasion of the launch, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India - Roland Folger said, "With the launch of the GLS 400 4MATIC, we have now completed our petrol portfolio for the Indian market. The introduction of the GLS 400 4MATIC is a strategic move as it gives the customers the flexibility to choose between the petrol and the diesel variants of their popular SUV. The GLS offers its occupants class leading luxury experience that no other full-size luxury SUV can match in this segment. This is also the fifth SUV variant we introduced this year, further bolstering our SUV portfolio which remains the most comprehensive in the luxury car segment. Our SUV segment has seen the maximum growth for the past two years and we are confident that this trend will continue."

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