Just before the 2020 Auto Expo, Mercedes-Benz launched the all-new GLE in India with the price starting from Rs 73.70 lakh for the GLE 300d variant to Rs 1.25 crore for the top variant of GLE 400d, Compared to the previous model, the new GLE has a larger size and longer wheelbase also more upmarket as well. As an executive SUV, its rivals include Audi Q7, BMW X5, Range Rover Sport, and Porsche Cayenne. But unlike some of these rivals, there's no seven-seat option offered on the GLE.
In terms of the exterior, the new GLE has a fresh grill design. There are two thick horizontal chrome trims around the logo, behind the trims, there is a blackened mash that is familiar with other models of Benz. Also, the headlights and taillights also used a brand-new design. Coming to the side, a muscular shoulder line and large wheel arches give the SUV a more powerful outlook.
The luxurious interior has always been regarded as a great advantage of Mercedes-Benz. The new GLE will offer plenty of features even in its base variant. Dual 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment and instrumentation might be the highlight of the interior, which is already used on other models of E-class. And it is supported by the MBUX system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice prompt along with gesture controls which makes the driving safer and more convenient. It also has lots of other useful kits such as four-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, hands-free parking, electric adjust front seats and a powered tailgate. The higher variants will additionally get features like a six-way adjustable powered rear seat, 360-degree camera and adaptive air suspension.
The dimension of 2020 GLE is 4935*1948*1795 (mm), with a wheelbase of 2996mm. Because it doesn’t have the 3rd row, so the rear seats are roomier than some of those rivals. The SUV has a boot space of 825 litres, which can be increased to 2055 litres when the second-row seat is folded down.
Specification and Feature
The new GLE will get the option of two diesel engines and one petrol. The entry-level variant will be the GLE 300d which is powered by a 256hp/500Nm, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, BS6-compliant diesel engine. The higher variants also offer a more powerful 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine, producing 330hp and 700Nm of torque which is equipped on GLE 400d. The petrol model, the GLE 450, will be powered by a 367hp/500Nm, 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine paired with a mild-hybrid system that can output a 22hp extra boost during acceleration.