The erstwhile M-Class, reborn as the Mercedes Benz GLE class made its debut in India. The company launched the GLE at 58.9 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The GLE is in actuality a minor facelift on the outgoing M-Class with a few changes. The two variants will cost 58.9 lakh and 69.9 lakh respectively.
The GLE is available in two variants with two different engine options. The GLE 250d comes with 4 cylinder engine producing 204 hp of power and 500 Nm of torque. The GLE 350d is equipped with 3.0-liter V6 pumping 258 bhp and 620 Nm of torque. With the launch of the GLE, Mercedes has also introduced the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission in India for the first time.
On the exterior the SUV comes with a new two-slat grille with multibeam headlamps featuring the familiar eyebrow shaped DRL’s. The new design language seen on the new C-Class and E-Class models has been incorporated into the making of GLE. On the interior, it gets a three-spoke steering wheel and an all new COMMAND centre with redesigned AC vents.
Roland Folger, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “We expect our SUV segment to grow the fastest by 70% in the Jan-Sep 2015 period. To add to customers excitement, we are offering the GLE in the 250 d and 350 d variants – both the SUVs will be manufactured in our Pune facility. The addition of the versatile GLE comes at the right time and will add to our brand’s winning SUV portfolio. The start of local production of both the variants of the GLE simultaneously is a key decision that will enable us address the demand of the SUV in foreseeable future”
The new SUV interior leather can be sought from a range of options along with colour of stitchings. GLE measures 4,819mm in length, 2,141 mm in width and 1,796 mm in height. It gets a wheelbase of 2,915 mm while boot capacity stands at 690 liters, extendable to 2,010 liters with rear seats flipped down. The SUV will continue to be a direct challenge to Audi Q5 and BMW X5.