Mercedes-Benz is all set to launch the updated ML-Class, now christened the GLE under Mercedes’ new nomenclature. The new SUV is expected to be priced between Rs 60-70 lakh in India and will take the fight to the BMW X5, Volvo XC90 and the upcoming new Audi Q7. The SUV will be available with only with diesel engine options and will be assembled in India at the Mercedes facility in Chakan.
On the exterior front, the GLE features a new set of headlamps and a larger more angular grille than before. It now looks much like the new C- and S-Class when viewed up front. The grille with its twin slat design and centrally mounted three-pointed-star though still is reminiscent of the older ML’s striking design elements. The trademark angular C-pillar and large tail lamps still remain although the tail lamps have been reworked to make them look more modern and up to date. The GLE also gets LED headlamps for the first time further improving its appeal.
The interior gets updated too with an even larger screen than before which is without a doubt the centre of attraction. The air vents too have been encased with a classy silver surround, which in turn is set into the gloss black dashboard itself. The GLE is also available in a variety to trim options such as open-pore brown ash wood or the shiny wood types like brown eucalyptus, black poplar or brown burred walnut although all of these might not make it to India.
On the mechanical front, the GLE in India will be available with a choice of two diesel engines : the GLE 250d and the GLE 350d. The GLE 250d gets an output of 204Ps of peak power and 500Nm of torque while the GLE 350d makes 258PS of peak power and 620Nm of peak torque. Also new is the 9-speed automatic replacing the seven speeder, that promises to increase efficiency and response. All variants of the GLE come with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Internationally, Mercedes also offers an off-road package for the GLE. We’ll find out tomorrow if the cars in India get that too.