The Mercedes Benz GLE maybe just an update of the ML- Class, but this is an upgrade that lovers of luxury on wheels should watch out for. This uber premium family SUV is perfection redefined in every aspect be it with respect to its make or its performance. This model is currently available in the Indian market in 3 variants namely, 250D, 350D and 400 4Matic, where the 250D and 350D are diesel automatic variants while the 400 4MATIC is the petrol Automatic variant. While the Mercedes Benz GLE holds phenomenal relevance in the Indian market, the upcoming version of the model, the Mercedes Benz GLE 450 4MATIC which is expected to be launched in 2019, which has been reviewed by experts to beat its predecessor as far as agility on road and performance is concerned.
For those that have already experienced the ML version, the interiors of the GLE may not look strikingly different. If you are new to Mercedes SUVs though, there is plenty that can take your breath away. Touchpad interface for the COMAND system, wooden dashboard inserts, surround camera and integrated navigation assistance is only a few to mention. The ambient 3 colour interior lighting and 6 airbags for the front and the rear passengers are also much- appreciated features of the GLE. Not much can beat Mercedes Benz GLE SUV in terms of space as there is plenty of legroom and headroom for all. The 690ltr luggage space further contributes to the relevance of this vehicle as family SUV.
The Mercedes Benz GLE has a very commanding authoritative look that makes it distinctively attractive when it zips through roads. Besides the exaggerated logo, this model comes with impactful bonnet creases, horizontal chrome grille, tail lamps with LED light guides, rain sensing wipers and luxurious alloy wheels. As far as dimensions are concerned, the vehicle is designed with a length of 4891mm,the width of 2129mm and height of 1719mm making it a comfortable SUV to drive around in the otherwise treacherous roads in India. The Mercedes Benz GLE is currently available in 6 colours in India. They are Obsidian Black, Tenorite Grey, Citrine Brown, Cavansite Blue, Iridium Silver and Polar White.
The updated GLE top model petrol version comes with a 9-speed gearbox, V type petrol engine, and automatic transmission. The vehicle is powered to reach a top speed of 250Kmph offering an average mileage of 8.9ltrs. The power-packed vehicle can reach an acceleration of 0 to 100Kmph within as little as 5 to 8 seconds depending upon the variant type. In short, the GLE engine and gearbox is designed to offer the best on-road experience without compromising on vehicle safety. In a Nutshell – The 250D model comes with a 2143cc engine 201bhp @ 3800rpm power; the 350D model comes with 2987 engine, 255bhp @ 3400rpm power; and the 400 4MATIC comes with 2996cc engine 333bhp, @ 5257rpm power.
The starting price for Mercedes Benz GLE is Rs. 66.77 lakhs (for the 250D model). The 350D model starts at 75.06 lakhs and the 400 4MATIC is available at Rs. 75.45 lakhs. It currently competes with models like the Volvo XC90 and the Audi Q7.