With over 13,000 units sold, GLE is the highest selling SUV from Mercedes in India. Today, the much awaited new gen GLE has been launched.
At an event in Delhi, Mercedes today launched the new gen GLE for India. Mercedes had first showcased the new gen GLE at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. However, back in November 2019, Mercedes had showcased the SUV to its select dealer partners at an internal event in Pune.
Base GLE 300d is brought in as CKD and is priced from Rs 73.7 lakhs, while the top 400d Hip Hop edition is a CBU and is priced at Rs 1.25 cr. All prices are ex-sh. If you are wondering why it is called the Hip Hop edition, well the video below explains. This is how Mercedes GLE made its official entry in India.
New gen Mercedes GLE offers more space on the inside, thanks to the 80mm longer wheelbase, which now stands at 2995 mm. This benefits the rear seat passenger the most. Mercedes claims that the legroom at for second row passenger is now over 1 meter. There is also the option of making the car a 7 seater.
On the feature front, the GLE is feature loaded, from the base trim. It gets a panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable rear seats, four-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera, 20 inch alloy wheels (19-inch units for the 300d), active park assist with reversing camera, 64 colour ambient lighting, 4matic AWD, Airmatic air suspension and much more. The safety pack comprises of 7 airbags, blind spot assist, active brake assist, downhill-speed regulator and ABS with EBD, making it an overall safe unit.
At the moment, the SUV has been launched with 2 engine options, namely 300d and 400d. The 300d will draw power from a 4-cylinder 2 litre diesel BS6 engine which dishes out 245 bhp & 500 Nm of peak torque. Models with the 400d tag will be drawing power from a 6 cylinder 3 litre diesel unit which will be churning out 330 bhp & 700 Nm of peak torque. It does 0-100 in just 5.7 seconds.
Across the line up, Mercedes will be offering a common gearbox, which will be a 9-speed automatic unit. As far as emission norms are concerned, all the 3 motors will be BS6 emission norms compliant from Day 1. Like before, the Merc GLE will continue to face competition from other full-sized premium SUVs like the BMW X5, Audi Q5, Volco XC60, Jaguar F-Pace and the Porsche Macan.