Mercedes SL 350 and GL 500 launched in India

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mercedes-Benz India today launched the SL 350 sports car and the GL 500 SUV at a ceremony in New Delhi. The German luxury carmaker is celeberating its 125th year this 2011 and the two new models add to the celeberations. Both models will sport new engines that were not available in previous Mercedes-Benz models.Dynamisch--Der-neue-Mercedes-SL-350

The SL 350 roadster has been introduced in India to emphasise that Mercedes-Benz also caters to younger drivers. The SL 350 convertible will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine capable of generating 296bhp and 360Nm of torque. It can sprint to 100km/h within six seconds and reach a top speed of 250km/h. Such performance comes at a whopping cost of Rs 98.5 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.

The GL 500 is a luxury off-roader that can transport seven individuals in luxury. Its exterior design is a blend of the powerful presence of an SUV and the ageless design of Mercedes-Benz. The GL 500 will is powered by a mammoth 5.5-litre V8 engine churning out 388bhp and 530Nm of torque. It is by far the most powerful SUV to ba available in the Indian market. With a starting price of Rs 80 lakh in Delhi, the GL 500 will pose a direct competition with the Audi Q7 and the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Mercedes-Benz India managing director Peter Honegg during the launch of the two models said -
"The SL 350 and the GL 500 are two of the most popular offerings in our portfolio. I am confident that both the vehicles will woo auto enthusiasts, critics, customers and media alike."

Mercedes-Benz entered the Indian car marget in 1995 and was the only luxury carmaker in India until BMW made and entry in 2008. BMW has succesfully become India's largest lucury car maker in terms of sales and Mercedes-Benz is keen to get back its numero unoposition through its latest offerings.

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