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Merc's latest: A GL-Class of its own

Published: 26th May 2013 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th May 2013 03:53 AM   |  A+A-

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German auto giant Mercedes-Benz recently launched its all-new luxury SUV GL-Class in India. The SUV was launched by none other than legendary German tennis player Boris Becker. Ammar Alvi takes a closer look at this new SUV.

Mercedes-Benz India unveiled the second generation of the all-new GL-Class, reiterating its aggressive product portfolio for the Indian luxury car market. The GL-Class brings new standards in comfort, dynamics, safety, elegance and efficiency. The new GL-Class was launched in India by legendary tennis star Boris Becker along with Eberhard Kern, managing director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Flagship Store in New Delhi.

Says Kern, “2013 is the ‘Year of Offensive’ for Mercedes-Benz India and we are excited to present the all-new GL-Class to our valued customers.Exclusivity and dynamism are two of the most enigmatic features of an ultimate SUV and the GL-Class imbibes both these as it established the SUV image of Mercedes-Benz in India with its launch in 2010.”

The new GL-Class has some fantastic new features, including a full 360 degree surround camera. With a very spacious interior, the SUV has a very good access to the front and rear seats with Easy Entry system on both sides. With its 630-1252-2300 litre boot capacity, the new GL-Class offers maximum flexibility and space. The third row offers ample space to seat full-sized adults comfortably—yet another unique feature of this SUV.

Mercedes-Benz aficionado Becker said, “The GL-Class is a true blue SUV and the ultimate machine for off-roading. My association with Mercedes-Benz goes back to more than two decades. I enjoy going for off-roading with my family; I believe that the GL-Class is a perfect companion on those tracks. It is my pleasure to be a part of the launch of this majestic vehicle, here in India.”

The new GL-Class is believed to consume 14.8 per cent lower fuel. The SUV is available with the optimised, upgraded V6 diesel engine. The 2987cc engine produces 619Nm of torque @ 1600-2400 and a power 190/258 @ 3600rpm. The robust engine coupled with 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic transmission offers high level of responsiveness wherein the car can reach 0-100kph in 7.9 seconds, with the top speed at 220 km/hour.

The GL 350 CDI 4MATIC will be produced in India only after USA beginning third quarter of 2013 and will be available at Rs 77.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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