Mercedes India to launch GLE (M Class facelift) this year – Report
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Engine options will remain the same.
In March this year, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the M Class facelift, but what will be called as the GLE, under its new nomenclature wherein a ‘GL’ prefix is added to SUVs and crossovers. The GLE, according to a report on Autocar India, will launch in India this year.
The front fascia of the GLE is now made inline with modern Mercedes models like the S Class and C Class. The headlights are inspired by these cars, while the grille and bumper have subtle design changes giving the SUV an aggressive or a sober look depending on the configuration chosen (Mercedes offers AMG Sport and regular bumpers on the GLE).
Save for a new bumper and LED taillights, there are no changes to the rear of the GLE. Even inside, differences between the GLE and the M Class are few in nature: A new 3-spoke steering wheel and a larger, free-standing COMAND infotainment display are the only alterations Mercedes have made.
In India, the M Class is offered with three engine options, and the GLE will carry on these engines. Starting the range is a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel producing 204 PS and 480 Nm of torque, and sitting above it is a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 258 PS and 620 Nm of torque. Both these variants are assembled in India at the Pune plant.
The range-topper is the GLE 63 AMG S which is powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of 585 PS, and a top-speed limited to 250 km/h. The AMG is imported through the CBU channel. Additionally, the armored Mercedes M Guard is also offered as a CBU.
Rivals: Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3
Expected Price: INR 55-65 lakhs (INR 1.5 Cr for AMG)
Launch date: 2015
Mercedes GLE – Official Image Gallery
Mercedes GLE 63 AMG – Official Image Gallery
[Source – Autocar India]