The ban on diesel car sales of 2,000 and above capacity in Delhi-NCR forced many manufacturers to bring in the petrol powered versions of their cars. Even though the ban has been lifted, the prices of such diesel cars have gone up by 1% citing green tax enforced by NGT.
Mercedes-Benz has launched the flagship SUV GLS – Class in petrol. The version is known as the GLS 400 and it is priced at Rs. 82.9 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. The GLS 400 becomes the first and the only petrol-powered SUV in its segment in India. The GLS 400 will come to India through CBU route whereas the diesel version of the car is assembled at the Pune plant of the company.
Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “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.”
The GLS 400 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. The engine produces a maximum of 333 BHP over a wide range of 5,250 – 6,000 rpm and 480 Nm of maximum torque at 1,600 – 4,000 rpm. The car is mated to 9-speed automatic transmission. The car can reach up to 240 km/h.
The car gets state-of-the-art Harman Kardon surround sound experience through 14 speakers. Safety is taken care by Brake Assist, a full-time electronic all-wheel drive system with traction control. The car gets high-tech electronic crumple zones for maintaining high safety during high-speed crashes. The car also gets 8-airbag system.