Mercedes-Benz India has announced recently that it has started accepting bookings for the 2020 GLE. The company has also said that prices of the 2020 Mercedes GLE will be revealed in February next year, ahead of the Auto Expo 2020. The Stuttgart-based luxury car marque has sold almost 13,000 units of the GLE in India ever since its launch in 2015. It is undoubtedly one of the best-selling models in the carmaker's Indian lineup, so much so that the outgoing (third-gen) version stands sold-out in the country.
The 2020 Mercedes GLE comes with revamped exteriors that look quite unique and adds freshness to its overall design. Thanks to the longer length and 80 mm longer wheelbase, it now sports more space on the inside for increased comfort and convenience. It also features two 12.3-inch screens along with a multi-functional steering wheel that looks quite similar to the steering wheels seen on the newer models from the company.
In terms of the mechanicals, the next-gen Mercedes GLE will sport a variety of BSVI compliant engine options. The diesel engine options will include a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine which delivers a maximum power of 330 PS at 3,600-4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 700 Nm at 1,200-3,000 rpm, and a 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine which delivers 245 PS at 4,200 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1,600-2,400 rpm. The petrol-sipping option will include a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder unit that puts out 367 PS at 5,500-6,100 rpm and 500 Nm of peak torque comes out around 1,600-4,500 rpm. A 9-speed automatic transmission will be standard through-out the variant list.
Speaking on the occasion, Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said-
We are excited to see the response to the current GLE, which sold out 3 months ahead of the plan. We have now opened the bookings for the new generation GLE, scheduled to be launched before the Auto Expo 2020. We are confident that the new GLE which will be the most advanced GLE ever, will continue to redefine the luxury SUV space.
Key rivals to the 2020 Mercedes GLE include the latest-gen BMW X5, the Land Rover Discovery, the Audi Q7 and also the Volvo XC90.