Mercedes-Benz GL-Class caught testing, launch in March

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Mercedes-Benz will launch its next big model, the GL-Class SUV in the Indian market. Like the ML Class the new 2013 GL -Class model (codename X166)) will assemble in the Indian market, at the Chakan Plant along with the ML Class.

The GL-Class was recently caught testing on the Indian roads, thanks to Nishant Hingne for the first set of images. The model caught testing appears to be the GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport.

Mercedes-Benz may use a similar strategy which the company adopted while launching the new ML Class in the India market. Along with the regular model, Mercedes bought in 500 units of the ML Class with AMG Sport kit.

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The GL-Class is powered by a 2,987cc V6 engine which produces 224hp @3,800 rpm and 510 Nm torque @ 1,600–2,800 mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic transmission with steering column gear selector, steering wheel gear shift paddles (Direct Select) and Speedtronic cruise control. The SUV also features ECO start/stop function, Off-road switch – primes systems for off-road driving and Permanent four-wheel drive.

The Gl-CLass measures: 5141mm in length with 3075mm wheelbase, 1982 wide and 1850mm in height.

The company will initially import completely built-up units of the GL-Class from USA and will start CKD operations after a couple of months.

More on GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport

Mercedes Benz GL-Class AMG Sport

The GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport model line comes with an array of premium specifications as standard. AMG bodystyling kit includes 21” AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, complete with 19” sports brakes, comprising perforated discs and brake calipers with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering. Also included, aluminium-finish running boards with LED illumination.

Inside, there’s Artico artificial leather upholstery, aluminium trim and a Sports steering wheel trimmed in nappa leather with perforated grips. COMAND online multimedia and navigation system is another welcome feature, along with DAB radio and automatic climate control.

Image Source: Autocar India