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Mercedes to drive in 2 new SUVs to India

     Mercedes was the first of the German trio to make it to India way back in 1996 but the other two – Audi and BMW have surpassed Mercedes Benz in Indian luxury vehicle market. Mercedes though has made good mark in luxury cars in India, it has no vehicles in the SUV segment like the Audi and BMW. Audi and BMW has seen good success with its SUVs X1,X3 and Q3,Q5 respectively.

     Here is a good news for Mercedes lovers. Mr. Dieter Zetsche, Head of Mercedes Benz cars in India has revealed that the company is planning to launch two brand new SUVs for Indian market. Of the two models, an all new GLA will share platform with A and B Class where as the second generation GLK will come in 2015.

     The Mercedes GLA will compete with Audi Q3 and BMW X1 and hopes to take the Mercedes brand to the next level. Since it is based on A and B Class platform which are essentially the Mercedes MFA (Mercedes Front wheel drive Architecture) efficient space utilisation can be seen. According to sources the styling of this small SUV seems to be as edgy as the A class and the cabin is reputed to be very spacious. Most of the features seen in the A Class will be carried over to the GLA as well.

     The Mercedes GLA could be powered by the same A and B Class engines and is likely to be priced Rs. 23 lakh for petrol and Rs. 30 lakh for diesel variant.

     The bigger SUV GLK will make it to India in 2015. The second generation GLK is already undergoing development at the company’s HQ at Stuttgart. For more updates, stay tuned to Automobile
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