Mercedes-Benz has ushered in 2024 with the launch of the GLS facelift, priced at Rs 1.32 crore for the GLS 450 and Rs 1.37 crore for the GLS 450d. Positioned at the pinnacle of Mercedes’ SUV lineup, this three-row luxury SUV made its global debut in April last year.
A notable transformation in the facelift is the redesigned grille featuring four horizontal chrome strips, a fresh daytime running lamp (DRL) signature, a distinctive block pattern on the rear tail-lights, and a revamped front bumper. The GLS facelift boasts 21-inch alloy wheels and offers a palette of five colors: Obsidian Black, High-tech Silver, Sodalite Blue, Selenite Grey, and Polar White.
Interior and Features
Inside, the GLS facelift provides a choice of three faux leather upholstery options in black, beige, and brown. The updated steering wheel incorporates haptic feedback buttons, and the latest MBUX system enhances usability, including off-road screens. The spacious 5.2-meter-long and 1.96-meter-wide luxury SUV is equipped with a new 360-degree camera for navigating tight spaces, adjustable air suspension, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Luxury features include heated and cooled seats, wireless charging, and a standard ‘Rear Seat Comfort’ package, elevating the experience for rear passengers with head restraints, front seat controls, electric sunblinds, two 11.6-inch entertainment screens, and an additional control tablet.
Engine and Powertrain
The GLS facelift offers two powertrains: a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder petrol engine producing 381hp and 500Nm, and a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine with 367hp and 700Nm. Both engines are coupled with a mild-hybrid system featuring an integrated starter generator (ISG) for an extra 20hp boost and 200Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox, and the GLS boasts a water-wading depth of 500 mm.
Competing with other 7-seater luxury SUVs, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLS contends with rivals such as the BMW X7 (Rs 1.27 crore), Volvo XC90 (Rs 98.85 lakh), and the Land Rover Discovery (Rs 95.65 lakh).