Mercedes-Benz has launched the new-generation GLE in India, available in two variants – GLE 300d and GLE 400d priced at Rs. 73.70 lakh and Rs. 1.25 crore (ex-showroom, India) respectively. Both models are powered by BS6-compliant engines. The new GLE rides on a stretched wheelbase that measures an additional 80mm as compared to its predecessor, thus wearing the ‘Long Wheelbase’ tag in its name. As far as the design goes, it gets a new grille design, a muscular shoulder line, and large wheel arches, along with fresh headlight and tail lamps designs. The entry-level GLE 300d is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 245hp and 500Nm of torque. Mercedes claims that this variant can do the 0 to 100kmph sprint in 7.2s and hit a top speed of 225km/h. The GLE 300d will be sold in India through the CKD (completely knocked down) route, which assures competitive pricing.
The GLE 400d, on the other hand, will be brought to India via the CBU (completely built unit) route. It is powered by a more powerful 3.0-liter, six-cylinder diesel unit that produces 330hp and 700Nm of torque. Mercedes plans to bring the petrol-powered GLE 450 version at a later stage. It comes with a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine paired with a mild-hybrid system. Mercedes started the year by launching the EQ brand in India and the new GLE is first of the 10 new models the company has planned to launch in the country in 2020.