Mercedez Benz will launch their thirteenth car of the year in the GLE. The replacement for outgoing M-Class will come along with a new nomenclature. The GLE will be locally assembled at Mercedes’ factory in Chakan, Pune with CKD kits. The SUV is based on the E-Class sedan.
Engines powering the Mercedes Benz GLE Class will remain the same as the outgoing M-Class. It is powered by two diesel engines, an inline-four and a V6 unit under the hood of the GLE 250d, generating 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque and GLE 350d, the more powerful unit amongst the two with outputs of 258 PS and 620 Nm. The engines on both variants will be mated to 9G-tronic gearbox which would be seen for the first time in India. Power will be sent to all four wheels via the company’s 4MATIC AWD system.
On the exterior, the edges have been sanded off most of the front-end elements, and the taillamps have been redesigned, bringing the whole vehicle more in line with the rest of the Benz family. The headlamp uses a Multibeam LED lights while the tail lamps is a LED cluster. The SUV also gets twin exhaust pipes. On the interior, there are a few changes, most prominently the 3-spoke steering wheel along with a 7-inch COMMAND system that is housed between two large AC vents.
Pricing will be similar to the M-Class which starts at INR 56.60 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and goes up to INR 67.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It will compete handily with the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5 and X6 and the Range Rover Sport. The AMG version will soon follow the GLE-Class.
There are two launches from the Mercedes family of which, one is going to be the flagship model, the AMG GT which could be launched in November and another one to complete the promise of 15 in 15′.