The Mercedes GLS (originally called the GL) is the brand’s flagship, full-sized luxurious SUV that seats seven. In fact, GLS is among the largest SUVs you can buy in the Indian market today. Before we get into what the GLS Grand Edition offers, let’s understand the GLS itself.
Being a massive SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is significantly roomy making it one of the few SUVs where you can comfortably seat adults even in the last row; it’s a true seven seater and it’s appointed in true luxury SUV fashion too. Inside, there’s a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, an eigh-inch infotainment screen that lets you consume online content when synced to the phone’s data network. There’s Apple play too, that’ll help iPhone users to mirror the phone’s screen and access various phone features on the car’s screen that also hosts the clever 360-degree camera that gives you a bird’s eye view while parking this gargantuan SUV.
Other luxurious features include heated and cooled cup holders, a panoramic sunroof and ventilated seats. Mercedes-Benz has also ensured that the GLS can take on some of the rough stuff with a driving mode selector. You can turn the dial to choose from various driving modes such as Comfort, Sport, Slippery, Off-Road and Individual. Each mode sets up the car’s engine and suspension to give you the best performance in that situation.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand edition has been offered by Benz as a special-edition of the standard GLS SUV by launching it at Rs 86.9 lakh (ex-showroom); it’s around more expensive by Rs 4 lakh than the standard GLS. What does the premium offer you?
Starting from the exterior, on the functional front, Mercedes has fitted the GLS Grand Edition with automatic LED headlights. Apart from that, most exterior changes are purely cosmetic. There’s a newly designed set of 10-spoke, 20-inch allow wheels garnished with a black finish. There’s a lot more chrome on the body too with the chrome finished fins on the bonnet, being the most prominent. Additionally, the entire car is smattered with Grand Edition badges. To further differentiate it from the standard GLS, Mercedes is offering the Grand Edition in exclusive paint options. These include Citrine brown metallic, Designo diamond white bright, Cavansite blue metallic, Obsidian black metallic, Iridium silver metallic and Tenorite grey metallic.
Inside the cabin, there isn’t much to differentiate the GLS Grand Edition from the already well-equipped standard model. That said, there are a few useful additions such as a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel that can be headed and is wrapped in gorgeous Nappa leather. Even the airbag cover is wrapped in Nappa.
Additionally, the instrument panel has been slightly redesigned and now features a colour screen that’s integrated within. Step into the rear seats and that’s where the Grand Edition justifies its premium. The carmaker has installed a rear entertainment package on the Grand Edition. This features two 7.0-inch HD infotainment screens that support touch. These screens are mounted in the seatbacks of the front seats. To improve compatibility, these screens are both Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatible.
Under the hood, the Grand Edition carries over the same engines, unchanged. Which means, you get to choose between the same 258hp3.0-litre V6 diesel or a 333hp 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine in the GLS 400. Both of which are matted to the smooth shifting, nine-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all the four wheels via Benz’s 4Matic system. Additionally, even the air suspension setup remains unchanged.
The good news though is that Mercedes now offers new service packages along with the Grand Edition – the Compact Pack (Rs 75,000 for the GLS 400 and Rs 1.04 lakh for the GLS 350d) is for two years and unlimited kilometres. This is quite a steal considering the potential savings you’ll see in case there’s an untoward incident with the expensive mechanicals of your GLS-class.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition goes head on against luxurious SUVs such as the popular Audi Q7 and the incredibly well-appointed Volvo XC90. GLS sales haven’t been the best in the recent past and Mercedes is hoping that the Grand Edition will help call attention. At the price point, it’s not a bad deal at all!