German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today launched an upgraded version of its seven-seater sports utility vehicle GLS 350d in India, priced at Rs 80.4 lakh (ex-showroom Pune). “India has growing penchant for SUVs and at 100 per cent growth achieved in 2015, it was the highest growing segment for us,” Mercedes-Benz Managing Director and CEO Roland Folger told reporters here.
The model would be assembled at the company’s Chakan (Pune) based manufacturing facility, he added. Folger said the GLS has contributed to the success of the company’s SUV portfolio in a significant way.
“India has also emerged as one of the top ten markets for the GLS globally,” he added. This is the company’s fourth model launch in the country out of the 12 planned for this year.
The model, which is above 2,000 cc, would not be sold in Delhi-NCR market due to the ban imposed by the Supreme Court.