Mercedes-Benz India has launched the updated ML-Class today, now christened the GLE-Class under its new nomenclature. The SUV is be available with a choice of two diesel engines and competes against the likes of recently-updated Volvo XC90, BMW X5 and Audi Q7.
In line with the latest family look of Mercedes cars, the GLE has a strong resemblance to the new GLC and the GLA-Class. It gets a new twin-slatted radiator grille with the three-pointed star emblazoned at the centre and a fresh set of headlamps carrying the familiar LED brow. Even on the inside, there are lots of elements from the German carmaker’s latest generation models like the infotainment system interface, which is similar to the latest C-Class and the COMAND controller that is equipped with a touchpad.
Mr. Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “TheGLE is a very special product for all of us at Mercedes-Benz. The M-Class whichestablished the luxury SUV segment in 1997 has been one of the most successfulmodels for Mercedes-Benz globally till date, with more than 1.6 million units sold. TheGLE has all the attributes to be a worthy successor and continue the success story ofthe best-selling M-Class. With its sporty and serene appearance, clear and sensuousdesign idiom combined with typical attributes of a modern off-roader; the GLE will createnew segment benchmark. We are launching yet another winning product for ourdiscerning Indian customers, today”.
The GLE is being offered with a wide range of engine options internationally, but the India-spec version is only available with two diesel engines, namely the 2.1-litre 4-cylinder mill in the GLE 250d and a 3.0-litre V6 in the GLE 350d. The GLE 250d gets an output of 202bhp of maximum power and 500Nm of peak torque, while the GLE 350d makes 255bhp along with a healthy 620Nm of peak torque. Also, the seven-speed transmission has been ditched in favour of the new 9G-TRONIC autobox.
Mr. Roland Folger further added, “Mercedes-Benz has a formidable SUV portfolio ranging from the GLA to the AMG G 63in India. This gives us a strong competitive advantage, resulting in our SUV segment togrow the fastest in the entire portfolio, by 70% in the Jan-Sep 2015 period. The additionof the versatile GLE comes at the right time and will add to our brand’s winning SUVportfolio. To add to customer excitement, we are offering the GLE in the 250 d and 350d variants from launch, both of which will be manufactured in our Pune facility. The startof local production of both the variants of the GLE simultaneously, is a key decision thatwill enable us to address the demand of the SUV in foreseeable future”
Mercedes-Benz GLE 250d: Rs. 59.9 lacs
Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d: Rs. 69.9 lacs
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