Mercedes launches GLA Class in India

New Delhi : Continuing with its new product onslaught in India, German luxury car major Mercedes-Benz today launched its GLA Class model priced between Rs 32.75 lakh and Rs 36.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) to tap the fast growing SUV segment in the country, reports PTI.

This is the eighth launch for this year and probably the most important one in terms of volumes as the SUV segment is fast growing in India. This could be the volume driver for us,” Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Eberhard Kern told PTI here.

The GLA Class will compete with the likes of BMW X1, Audi Q3, Land Rover Evoque and Volvo V40. The GLA Class is available in both petrol and diesel options. The petrol option has a 2 litre engine and is priced at Rs 36 lakh, while the diesel has a 2.2 litre engine, priced at Rs 32.75 lakh and Rs 36.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Stressing on the significance of the new model, Kern said: “Currently the entry level SUV that we have is the ML250 which is priced around Rs 55 lakh. The GLA brings that down and allows us to tap the huge segment below that price point.”

The new GLA was launched in Europe in April this year. In India Mercedes has received confirmed bookings of 600 units in 18 days before today’s launch. Kern said the company has witnessed 80 per cent increase in its SUV sales, including those of the ML and GL Class, this year.

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