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Mercedes-Benz reveals India plans for 2013



Mercedes-Benz India may have had a tough 2012, but it plans to put things behind and begin an onslaught of launches in 2013 to put it back in the reckoning for the top-slot in the luxury car space.

First up, it will launch the new GL in the next few months. The new GL is based on the last-gen platform, but it frees up more space and has more features too. The seven-seat SUV will begin operations as a CBU initially, but will quickly shift to CKD in a while after that. Currently, the ML-Class is the only SUV to be assembled by Mercedes-Benz in India.

Next up, the B-Class will get a diesel version. The diesel B-Class will add much firepower to the B-Class range as it currently is only offered with a 1.6-litre turbo petrol, badged the B180. The B-Class will get a 1.8-litre, 134 bhp diesel motor.

The CLA four-door coupe, a car that was launched recently at the Detroit Motor Show will make its way to India sometime towards the end of 2013. The CLA will be the first of its kind in its class and will be positioned below the C-Class to take on premium D-segment offerings from other manufacturers as well as Audi's very own A3 saloon, expected sometime in 2014. Expect the same motors as the B and A-Class to be offered here too.

The A-Class will also make its Indian debut before the end of the year. The A-Class will come with the same set of motors like the B-Class and CLA and is likely to be priced in the region of Rs 18-22 lakh in an attempt to ensure Mercedes-Benz gains some serious volumes.

Other expected launches in 2013 include the facelifted E-Class and the SL sports tourer. The new S-Class is not expected until the first half of 2014 in India.