German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday launched the GLE-Class in India, priced from Rs 58.9 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards. Mercedes-Benz has been aggressive this year when it comes to launching new vehicles in the country. The next vehicle from the German luxury car major comes in the form of the GLE-Class.
Playing successor to the ML-Class, the GLE comes across as a major product in the company’s portfolio. Unveiled in April at the New York Motor Show, the SUV has been reworked to look much sharper than before. Starting with the design, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE facelift gets a new front end that takes inspiration from the S-Class. The twin-slat chrome grille integrates well with the headlamps which feature LED Intelligent Light System. Side profile is highlighted with aluminium roof rails. The rear end gets new LED taillights and a rectangular twin-pipe exhaust system finished in chrome.
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The cabin features a high seating position like a typical off-roader and the interior is finished in leather. Other comfort features include 2-zone automatic climate control in the 250 d and 3-zone automatic climate control in the 350 d, keyless go, 7-inch high resolution media display screen for the 250 d and an 8-inch unit in the 350 d, touchpad, reversing camera, 360-degree camera (350 d) and Active Parking Assist.
The GLE will come with a choice of two diesel engines. The GLE 250 d 4MATIC variant derives power from a 2.1-litre, four-cylinder unit that churns out 203.9PS of power and 500 Nm of torque. The GLE 350 d 4MATIC on the other hand is powered by a 3.0-litre, V6 motor that generates 258.3PS of power and 620 Nm of peak torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through the world’s first 9-speed automatic gearbox. The Direct Select gearshift offers three different driving styles – Sport (S), Economy (E) and Manual (M).
Being a Mercedes, the GLE-Class comes equipped with various technologies including the likes of standard 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system, ABS with EBD, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR), Direct-Steer System which regulates the steering wheel’s sensitivity as per your choice, Airmatic Package with Adaptive Damping System (ADS) and 5 Dynamic Select driving modes – Individual, Sport, Comfort, Slippery and Off-road.
Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi):
GLE-Class 250 d 4MATIC – Rs. 58.9 lakh
GLE-Class 350 d 4MATIC – Rs. 69.9 lakh
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