Mercedes-Benz India begins the new year by launching a facelifted GLS at Rs1.32 crores for a petrol version, whereas the diesel version costs Rs 1.37 crores. In its facelifted avatar, GLS gets minor cosmetic updates and a few interior updates.The prominent exterior change includes the front fascia, wherein the grille gets four horizontal strips with a big three-pointed star in the centre. The new set of DRLs, restyled front bumper and refreshed tail lights.
On the inside, the new steering wheel houses haptic feedback button controls rather than physical ones. It also now gets the latest MBUX system. Features such as ADAS and an off-road assistance camera are the major highlights.
Regarding powertrain options, GLS comes with two engine options - a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder petrol that churns out 380 hp of peak power and 500 Nm of peak torque. A 3.0-litre inline-six diesel engine produces 367 hp of power and 700 Nm of torque. Both engines now come with a mild-hybrid setup as a standard. There's an integrated starter generator (ISG) that offers an additional 20 hp and 200Nm of boost.
Mercedes-Benz GLS goes up against the Volvo XC90 (Rs98.9 lakhs) , BMW X7 (Rs 1.27 crores - 1.30 crores ) , Land Rover Defender (Rs 97 lakhs- 2.34 crores ) and Audi Q7 (87 lakhs - 94.5 lakhs )