The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was recently launched in India as an import. Priced well for an import the first 100 units of ‘Launch Edition’ of GL-Class were sold out within 15 days of launch. Not surprising considering our increasing appetite for luxury SUV’s.
However if you want a GL-Class there is good news as today Mercedes-Benz started local assembly of the GL. This makes India the only market to start the production of the second generation GL-Class SUV, outside Mercedes-Benz’s SUV plant in Tuscaloosa, USA.
The new GL-Class was rolled-out from the assembly line by Mr. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Mr. Piyush Arora, Director- Technical, Mercedes-Benz India.
Mr. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “The full-size luxury SUV is a fast growing segment in the Indian automotive industry and the new GL-Class that we launched in India in May 2013, has a strong presence and is already sold out. Local production of the GL-Class will provide immense value addition and benefits to our valued customers in the form of easier production availability and flexible production scheduling, ensuring an unbeatable value proposition and appeal to this luxurious SUV.
The GL-Class 350 CDI which is also known as the S-Class amongst SUVs, is the first GL-Class ever to be offered from a local production outside Mercedes-Benz’s SUV plant in Tuscaloosa, USA. Daimler considers India as one of its key growth markets and the start of local production of the GL-Class SUV reiterates its long-term commitment and focus.”
Now this step taken naturally has some good news and that is its price-tag of Rs 72.58 lakh, ex-showroom Pune for the GL 350 CDI. We think for this price the GL-Class offers great value especially since the new GL-Class is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor and has tonnes of presence. In India the new GL has a V6 diesel engine which makes 619 Nm of torque @ 1600-2400 and has a power output of 258 bhp. Also on hand is the 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic transmission.
With the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class it seems the Audi Q7 will finally have some tough competition.