August 26, 2013: Mercedes-Benz India that launched the new GL-Class earlier this year for Rs. 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) has now launched the locally assembled version of the car in India at a much lesser price of Rs. 72.58 lakh (ex-showroom). Earlier the car was brought as CBU, now it comes as a CKD and then assembled at the company's Chakan based plant near Pune. And with this Chakan Plant also becomes the second plant of Mercedes-Benz in the world to produce the GL class. The GL-Class is a seven seater luxury SUV with a boot space of 680-litres, while the third row seats are electrically foldable.
Mercedes Benz India is one of the most reputed and acclaimed luxury automobile maker in the world. This company has quite a number of luxuriant vehicles in the lucrative Indian car market and one of them is the urbane and admirable Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV. The latest news about this vehicle is that, this vehicle is now being made locally at the company's massive production facility, which is based in Chakan near Pune. This has helped the company to decrease the price of this SUV by approximately about Rs. 5 Lakh and make it more affordable to the buyers. Mercedes Benz GL Class is the fifth product to be produced in the Indian manufacturing facility. This is the second facility of Mercedes Benz to produce this GL Class SUV after the one which they have in Tuscaloosa, which is based in the United States of America. This Germany based international luxury car maker, Mercedes Benz has a brilliant fleet of vehicles across the world. Their fully owned Indian ancillary, Mercedes Benz India has been doing quite well in the luxury vehicle segment of the Indian car market place. They have quite a few enchanting vehicles in their stable and one such outstanding SUV is their Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV. This sophisticated Sports Utility Vehicle has flawless exteriors, lavish interiors along with highly developed safety and comfort features, which will astound the customers. This classy SUV has been blessed with an efficient and commanding diesel engine, which has two options for the customers to select from along with the best in class features in its segment. The vehicles made by this luxury car maker, Mercedes Benz are much admired across all the car markets in the world and are acclaimed to be one of the leading luxury vehicles in the Indian automobile bazaar as well. This Mercedes Benz GL Class model line up is a high performance and power packed SUV, which will certainly amaze the buyers. The Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV is laden with many sophisticated comfort and safety aspects along with some highly developed gadgets to amaze the Indian buyers. Some of the most impressive and advanced comfort features of this new Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV include a three zone air conditioning unit with climate control, a start stop ignition system , parking assistance for simplified parking of this massive SUV, voice operated controls, an sophisticated music system with various input interfaces along with Bluetooth connectivity and many more such urbane and best in class features. The safety aspect has been looked after as well and the company has integrated this muscular SUV with some highly developed and top of the line safety functions such as nine air bags, off road mode, hill descent control, attention assist, a Parktronic system and many more such crucial safety features as well.
The company has given two engine options for the buyers to choose from. This formidable SUV has been equipped with a power packed 3.0-litre diesel mill that has the highly acclaimed common rail technology and is cleverly mated with a seven speed automatic transmission gear box along with an permanent all wheel drive mode that also has electronic traction as well, which has smoother and very efficient gear shifts. This V-Type engine has the ability to displace close to 2987cc and has been equipped with six cylinders, which have been further housed with 36 valves. The company has also fitted this commanding engine with a DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) and also a sequential electronic fuel injection (SEFI) supply system as well. The other option is an influential and more powerful petrol engine of 5.5-litre, which has the ability to displace about 5461cc and has been fitted with a multi point fuel injection supply system along with a Super Charger as well. This SUV has a permanent all wheel drive mode and is cleverly mated with a seven speed G-Tronic automatic transmission gear box along with an permanent four wheel drive that also has electronic traction as well. The company is offering this Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV in quite a number of lustrous exterior paint options such as a vibrant Iridium Silver metallic finish, a brilliant and spectacular looking Calcite White metallic finish, a subtle yet elegant Palladium Silver metallic finish, a graceful Citrine Brown metallic finish and a magnificent looking Obsidian Black metallic finish as well.
This variant of GL Class comes with dimensions of 5120mm x 1934mm x 1850mm, that translates into increased space with enhanced cargo area. The SUV is powered with a 2987cc common rail diesel engine that pumps out 619Nm of torque value at 1600-2400rpm and a power 258bhp at 3600rpm. This sturdy engine comes mated to a 7G-TRONIC Plus 7-speed Automatic transmission gear box that offers an acceleration rate of 7.9 seconds to reach 0-100 Kmph with the top speed marked at 220 Kmph and also has an enhanced fuel efficiency figure. The boot space capacity is marked at 630-1252-2300 with the 2013 Mercedes Benz GL Class offering maximum litheness and space....
Ed's take: Buyers of GL-Class do not worry about efficiency, still the GL-Class is generous with its fuel consumption.
The company has equipped both the SUVs in this model line up with different engines, which are both powerful and influential at the same time. The first one is a 3.0-litre diesel mill that has been equipped with a common rail direct injection fuel supply system, which augments the fuel economy of this massive SUV. This performance packed diesel engine is compliant with all the norms of EU – IV and has a massive fuel tank of 100 litres. The company claims that this 2987cc diesel engine has the ability to generate a healthy mileage of close to 9.0 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions within the city limits. While, the same engine can produce approximately 12 Kmpl on the highways and other bigger roads. The other more powerful engine option is the 5.5-litre, V-Type petrol engine, which has the ability to displace close to 5461cc that is quite incredible. This commanding diesel engine has been bestowed with a DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) and also a sequential electronic fuel injection (SEFI) supply system as well. The company claims that this influential petrol motor has the ability to churn out a reasonably good mileage between the range of 10 to 12 Kmpl depending on the driving conditions , which is rather good for such a hefty vehicle.
Ed's take: The power produced by the GL-Class is good on paper and we have liked this 3.0-litre V6 diesel mill.
The company has equipped this Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV with a heavy duty 3.0-litre, V-Type diesel engine, which has the ability to displace close to 2987cc that is rather impressive. This engine has been equipped with six cylinders and has been optimized by the highly acclaimed common rail technology, which is excellent. This influential diesel mill has the ability to generate a stupendous 224bhp at 3800rpm in combination with a pounding maximum torque output of 510Nm, which is at 1600 - 2800rpm. The other 5.5-litre super charged petrol mill has been equipped with eight cylinders and 32 valves along with a highly acclaimed fuel supply system, which is advanced and sophisticated. This petrol mill can easily produce an astounding 387.6bhp at 6000rpm along with a hammering maximum torque yield of 530Nm at 4800rpm, which is outstanding.
Ed's take: The acceleration of the GL-Class is good, and the seven gears help to spread the torque more evenly.
This Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV has been bestowed with the proficient and highly developed diesel technology into the 3.0-litre commanding engine and it has been cleverly mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission gear box, which selects the gears directly to make sure optimum acceleration and greater pulling power as well. The top speed of this formidable 3.0-litre diesel engine based SUV trim is around 210 Kmph , which is rather exciting and this influential diesel mill can propel this SUV from a standstill to 100 Kmph in just about 9.5 seconds, which is quite impressive. The other more powerful 5.5-litre, eight cylinder and 32 valves based V-Type diesel mill has been equipped with a DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) and also a sequential electronic fuel injection (SEFI) supply system, which aid in better pick up and acceleration. The company claims that this 5461cc based diesel mill can take this hefty SUV from 0 – 100 Kmph in just under 10 seconds, which is outstanding. While, this power packed diesel mill has the capacity to attain an awesome top speed in the range of 220 to 225 Kmph that is incredible.
The Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV exteriors have been done up with stylishness and the company has integrated this mode lineup with some incredible features such as a longer and wider body line. The wheel base is impressive and the interiors have lots of room for comfortable seating of the occupants. The diesel version of this SUV model line up has the ability to take in five passengers with ease, while the other more powerful super charged petrol model can take in seven passengers without any difficulty. The front radiator grille has a classy design and looks much bolder and aggressive along with a curvier head light cluster, which is powered with high intensity lamps along with radiant day time running LED lamps as well. Below the front grille is a large perforated air dam that is flanked by a couple of LED day time running light strips on both sides. The front chin of this massive SUV gets a glossy chrome treatment, which further makes it look classy and aristocratic. The front wind screen is rather wide and is made up of toughened laminated glass, which has been affixed with a pair of intermittent wipers. The side profile of the 3.0-litre diesel engine based variant has pronounced wheel arches, which are fitted with a set of exclusive yet robust 19 inch five twin spoke alloy wheels of size 8.5 J x 19, which have been fitted with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 275/55 R19 that have a sturdy grip on the roads. While, the other and more powerful 5.5-litre petrol engine based variant of this SUV model line up has been equipped with a set 20 inch light alloy wheels that are of size 8.5 J x 20 ET56, which are further covered with a robust tubeless radials of size 275/50 R 20 that have a superior road grip on any terrain. Whereas, the body colored external rear view mirrors get double strips LED light based side turn blinkers on both the sides. While the body colored door handles and character lines add to the sportiness of this colossal SUV. While the sleek and stylish roof rails also adds to the stylishness of this new Mercedes Benz GL Class. The rear end is more dynamic and lively with LED lights based brilliant and large tail lamp cluster, which are bigger and more stretched than the previous model of this SUV. The rear body colored bumper is hefty and gets a chrome scruff plate for avoiding any damage during off roading and also has been incorporated with a pair of sleek reflectors as well. The rear wind screen is rather large and have been fitted with a rear wash and wipe function with a singular wiper along with a rear demister as well. There is also a rear spoiler to add to the sportiness of this SUV and it has been integrated with a high mounted stop lamp as well.
The overall dimensions of this roomy Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV are very comfortable and relaxing. The total length of this SUV is a mammoth 5099mm along with an overall width of 2124mm, which includes the protruding external rear view mirrors. The overall height of this massive SUV is 1840mm, while it also has a spacious wheel base 3075mm, which is quite remarkable and offers ample leg room along with pertinent leg and shoulder space as well. The boot capacity of both these SUV variants is about 520 litres , which is quite good to take in a lot of things. The minimum turning circle diameter of this SUV model line up is about 11.80 meters. The approximate gross weight of the 3.0-litre based diesel engine variant is close to 3250 Kgs, which is quite a lot. While, the other 5.5-litre super charged petrol engine based trim weighs about 3150 Kgs.
Ed's take: The GL-Class always had spacious interiors, however the styling was basic. Mercedes-Benz has taken care of this aspect in the new one and now the design is contemporary and we will like interiors of this SUV.
The interiors are luxuriant and the company has fitted this SUV with some top of the line comfort and safety features along with plush upholstery for the seats and a fantastic decor. On the whole, this Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV seems to be a perfect combination of driving dynamics with outstanding comfort and pleasure. Some of the incredible interior features of this new SUV are a media interface, leather wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, plush door sill panels that are making this SUV look exclusive and refined. The seating arrangement is extremely comfortable with well cushioned seats, which are covered with premium leather upholstery that is available in a few shades to choose from. The company has given a lot of attention to the smallest details, so that this SUV can give the passengers an outstanding driving pleasure. The rear seats are foldable to accommodate extra luggage, but at the same time this SUV also has a good luggage compartment, which can store quite a few things in it. There are more than a few storage spaces to keep a lot of small things handy such as bottle and cup holders, a large glove box, map and magazine pockets and many more such spaces. This stylish SUV also has arm rests to give the passengers, a superior and luxuriant driving pleasure. This SUV model lineup also has a powerful air conditioning unit, which has an automatic climate control and cools the entire cabin within no time. The interiors have been given ambient lighting, a brilliant media interface, an electric parking brake, adjustable driver seats that can be adjusted as per the requirement of the driver and which also has a memory function. Then there is also a panoramic sliding sun roof, which adds to the classiness of this SUV.
This is one of the most premium SUVs from the stables of Mercedes Benz India and the company has bestowed some of the most impressive and top of the line comfort features in it to lure the customers. The comfort features integrated in this Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV series include a THERMOTRONIC automatic three climate zone control air conditioner, which allows the driver, the front co-passenger and also the rear seat passengers to choose their customized temperatures in their respective areas. This SUV also has a remote operated tailgate, an active parking assist for simpler parking along with a reversing camera with guidelines that show up in the display. There is also an electric sliding sun roof, front seats can be adjustable and customized according to the needs of the driver and the co-passenger and the positions can also be saved. This Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV model lineup also has a an sophisticated music system with speaker and various input interfaces such as USB, Aux-in along with Bluetooth connectivity to pair mobile phones as well. Other features incorporated in this SUV mode lineup are front and rear power windows, a rear defogger with wash and wipe function, an internal one touch boot lid opener, door pockets for keeping small things, outside rear view mirrors that are electronically adjustable, retractable and have been integrated with side turn blinkers, rain sensing wipers, headlight washers and many more such best in class features, which will certainly entice the customers. All these and many more such comfort features make this Mercedes Benz GL class model line up, one of the most impressive and alluring SUVs in its segment.
The interiors of this Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV are lavish with plush seats, which provide ample leg room along with apt head and shoulder space to all the occupants. This roomy sports utility vehicle can take in 5 passengers in the diesel engine variant, while the petrol engine based version can take in seven passengers with ease in it and give them a very relaxing and luxuriant driving experience. These comfortable seats also have a four way lumbar support, which makes the driving experience extremely pleasurable. The front and rear knee room is also adequate along with ample elbow room for all the passengers as well.
Ed's take: The GL-Class now has better power to weight ratio, despite the same engine and the drivability has always been good. The only thing that we dislike is the responsiveness of the transmission.
The company has given two engine options for the customers to select from. One of this is a powerful 3.0-litre diesel mill with six cylinders , which are further housed with 36 valves and is optimized by the renowned common rail technology. This turbocharged diesel motor can displace close to 2987cc and can deliver a peak power of 224bhp at 3800rpm combined with a pounding torque output of 510Nm at 1600 – 2800rpm. The company has also bestowed the impressive diesel technology into this commanding engine and it has been cleverly mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission gear box, which selects the gears directly to make sure optimum acceleration and greater pulling power as well. The top speed of this formidable SUV is around 210 Kmph and the SUV trim can reach 100 Kmph from a standstill in just about 9.5 seconds. The company claims that the mileage of this trim is between 9 to 12 Kmpl and this SUV is also fitted with a Start – Stop ignition function for enhancing the mileage and reducing the fuel consumption. The other highly influential engine is a colossal 5.5-litre petrol mill, which has the ability to displace about 5461cc and has been fitted with a sequential electronic fuel injection (SEFI) supply system as well. This SUV has a permanent all wheel drive mode with electronic traction and is cleverly mated with a seven speed G-Tronic automatic transmission gear box as well. This diesel mill has been equipped with eight cylinders and it has 32 valves as well, which are in a 'V' type configuration and are highly advanced and sophisticated. This diesel mill can easily produce an astounding 387.6bhp at 6000rpm along with a hammering torque yield of 530Nm at 4800rpm, which is outstanding.
Ed's take: Mercedes-Benz has ensured that the GL-Class comes loaded with several accessories and a huge list is also available as an option.
The company has bestowed this awe-inspiring Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV model line up with a sophisticated and highly advanced audio unit. This music system comes with an integrated MP3/CD player along with a Radio FM, speakers, remote control and other input options such as an USB interface and an AUX-In port as well. This advanced music system has been incorporated with Bluetooth technology, which helps in pairing mobile phone with this audio unit. This further helps the driver to take calls, disconnect them and also reject calls with the steering mounted controls and this multifunctional steering wheel also has other audio control buttons as well.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The company has equipped this SUV variants with a classy set of light alloy wheels. The sides of the 3.0-litre diesel engine based variant has pronounced wheel arches, which are fitted with a set of exclusive yet robust 19 inch five twin spoke alloy wheels of size 8.5 J x 19, which have been fitted with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 275/55 R19 that have a sturdy grip on the roads . While, the other and more powerful 5.5-litre petrol engine based variant of this SUV model line up has been equipped with a set 20 inch light alloy wheels that are of size 8.5 J x 20 ET56, which are further covered with a robust tubeless radials of size 275/50 R 20 that have a superior road grip on any terrain.
Ed's take: The GL-Class drives just like a car. This is the biggest advantage that it possesses.
This stylish and urbane Mercedes Benz GL Class model lineup has been equipped with an all wheel drive system along with a electronic traction system as well, which comes in as standard equipment. This helps in better handling and maneuvering of this massive SUV. The braking system is very proficient and the company equipped the front wheels of this SUV with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear wheels get more powerful disc brakes. Then this SUV mode line also gets quite a few other functions as well such as ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESP (electronic stability program), a highly advanced attention assist function to keep the driver alert, an active curve system and a host of other such functions, which help in keeping this vehicle as well as all the passengers safe and secure.
Ed's take: The safety features list is long on the GL-Class as it gets airbags, ABS, ESP, hill-assist, PRE-SAFE etc.
The Safety aspect of this Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV series is one of the best across the globe. The standard equipment includes a class leading nine airbags for enhanced protection of all the passengers. Then there is the sophisticated Attention Assist function that keeps the driver alert, a Blind Spot Assist for better maneuvering and handling of this muscular SUV, a Lane Departure Warning System that helps in driving in the same lane . Then there are the standard safety features like the Anti lock Braking System along with Electronic Brake force Distribution and brake assist for superior and efficient braking on any terrain. This Mercedes Benz GL Class SUV series also has an Electronic Stability Program that keeps it stable and well balanced along with quite a number of other such electronic systems that make certain that the vehicle remains in control at all times. There is also an on-board COMMAND system, an Active Curve System which allows for greater directional stability in tighter and slippery corners as well. All these and many more features help in keeping this new SUV along with its occupants very safe and protected.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Pros :
Awe-inspiring exterior features, interiors bestowed with sophisticated comfort and protective aspects, a powerful and performance packed engine.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Cons :
High cost of ownership, mileage can be made better, big turning radius.
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