Mercedes-Benz India is also planning to launch the next-gen S-class, which is expected to be launched in the second half of 2021 in India.
Many auto events such as the 2020 Geneva Motor Show got canceled on the eleventh hour due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The virus (COVID-19 pandemic) has made inroads into every corner of the world. Although that did not stop automotive manufacturers from delivering or introducing new vehicles in the global or domestic market. Several carmakers in India have launched or planning to launch their new vehicles through their respective online platforms. Now, Mercedes-Benz India has joined forces along with other carmakers, announcing the India launch date of the GLS.
Mercedes-Benz India CEO and MD, Martin Schwenk have confirmed the launch date of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLS through social media. The vehicle is scheduled to launch on June 17 in India. The GLS sits at the top of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV line-up and is the company’s biggest SUV. However, the vehicle is not much larger than the older variant. The next-gen GLS is expected to feature an increased wheelbase and legroom. The vehicle is expected to be equipped with a 3.0-liter petrol engine that churns out 367 hp of power and 500 Nm of peak torque. The engine unit will be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission system.
The GLS will be available in an all-wheel-drive option. The next-gen GLS comes with an all-new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a touchpad on the center console, and a new steering wheel with touchpads. After the launch, the all-new GLS will compete against BMW’s own XL-sized three-row SUV, the X7. Moreover, the company is also planning to launch the next-gen S-class, which is expected to be launched in the second half of 2021 in India. Mercedes-Benz India has also announced the resumption of its production plant in Chakan, Maharashtra, following the state government’s safety guidelines to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.