If you happen to be in the market for a luxury SUV; look no further. Mercedes-Benz has ushered in the GL-Class, a full size luxury SUV that not only delivers in terms of glitz and glamour, but handles rugged outdoors with élan as well.
The second generation GL-Class did make its debut in India earlier in May but they have only now started producing it locally here. Earlier, it was only produced at Mercedes-Benz’s Tuscaloosa plant in the USA. Now, with India being the second country in the world to produce it, one can see how important the Indian market is to the brand.
The ‘Made-in-India’ GL –Class will initially be available in a single trim, namely the GL 350. It is a large SUV that boasts of a timeless design with neat body lines
defining its powerful yet elegant stance.
The level of comfort and spaciousness is second to none and the quality of fit and finish is quintessential Mercedes-Benz. You will be hard-pressed to find any fault with this behemoth.
Powering the GL 350 is a 2987cc V6 diesel motor that churns out 258 horses @ 3600 rpm but more importantly this engine is capable of generating a stellar 619Nm of torque between 1600-2400 rpm.
Mated to the 7G TRONIC transmission and boasting of the 4MATIC drive system, the GL 350 is capable of tackling some pretty rough terrain while keeping ccupants safe at all times thanks to the high level of electro-wizardry available onboard.
Riding on 275/55 R 19 Wheels, the GL 350 sits big and proud. It has the ultimate road presence that one could ask for and considering the fact that we Indians love our SUV’s, it would feature well at the top of the list of dream cars.
Costing Rs 72.58 lakh, ex-showroom, Pune, the GL 350 isn’t exactly cheap, but considering the competition, it does offer maximum bang for your buck.