Mercedes-Benz launches the M-Class replacing GLE-Class in two variants, 250 d and 350d. Prices range between Rs. 58.90 to Rs. 69.90 lakh ex-showroom Delhi
In line with Mercedes-Benz’s new naming culture, the face-lifted version of the third generation M-Class now badged as the GLE-Class has been launched in India. The face-lift has given the GLE-Class extensively modified front and rear end designs that makes it markedly distinct from the earlier model. The new model has a more flowy design theme with sleeker head lamps and tail lamps in sync with the brand’s current design theme. The front grille is a bold twin slat unit that prominently houses the large three-pointed star logo in the centre. The SUV also gets a new bonnet along with new front and rear bumpers. The side profile of the GLE remains identical to that of the outgoing M-Class along with its signature steeply raked C-Pillar, alloy wheels are new ofcourse.
Interiors of the new GLE-Class have been revised too. While the basic layout remains the same as that of the previous model, the GLE gets a new instrument binnacle, infotainment screen, air vents and more.
Mercedes-Benz has launched the new GLE-Class in India with a choice of two engine options, a 2.2 litre, four cylinder unit in the 250 d model and a 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine in the 350 d model. The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 250 d has rated power and torque outputs of 204 bhp @ 3,800 rpm and 500Nm between 1,600 rpm and 1,800 rpm. The GLE 350 d’s maximum power and torque outputs are rated at 258 bhp @ 3,400 rpm and 620Nm @ 1,600 rpm, respectively. The vehicle ofcourse comes loaded with the brand's 4Matic four-wheel drive as standard.
Mercedes-Benz has worked to update its popular SUV to keep it updated with the changing times by making it 17 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous model. Out goes the 7-speed 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox of the 2012 M-Class and in comes a 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox for the new GLE-Class.
The new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 250 d is priced at Rs. 58.90 while the 350 d is priced at Rs. 69.90 ex-showroom Delhi.