In order to clear existing stocks of its flagship SUV in India, Mercedes-Benz has launched a special-edition version of the GLS, badged the Grand Edition. Available as the GLS 350d diesel and the GLS 400 petrol, and both priced at Rs 86.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the limited-run SUV gets cosmetic changes on the outside and more equipment in the cabin. Compared to the standard models, which retail at Rs 82.90 lakh, the special editions are Rs 4 lakh dearer.
The exteriors of the Grand Edition get automatic LED headlamps with a black surround, new black-finished, 10-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome-finished fins on the bonnet and Grand Edition badges all around. Exclusive paint options include Citrine brown metallic, Designo diamond white bright, Cavansite blue metallic, Obsidian black metallic, Iridium silver metallic and Tenorite grey metallic.
On the inside, the GLS Grand Edition is near identical to the luxuriously appointed standard model and features a heated three-spoke multifunction steering wheel (wrapped in nappa leather) with paddle shifters, 12 function keys, and a nappa leather airbag cover. It also gets a new, redesigned instrument panel with a semi-integrated colour screen. The Mercedes GLS Grand Edition also comes with a rear seat entertainment system as standard, which was previously only an option on the GLS. This comprises of two 7.0-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment screens mounted on the front seat backs; they are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
Mechanically, the special edition is unchanged and is powered by the same 258hp/620Nm, 3.0-litre V6 diesel is the GLS 350d or a 333hp/480Nm, 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine in the GLS 400. The nine-speed automatic transmission, which power all four wheels (Mercedes’ 4Matic system) is also standard, as is the active suspension system called Airmatic.
Mercedes also 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 tears and comes with unlimited mileage for maintenance related work on the premium luxury SUV.