Mercedes-Benz has launched the facelifted GLE at a starting price of Rs. 96.4 lakh. It can be had either with a professional line trim or the AMG line trim, depending on what variant you pick. The GLE now features a redesigned headlight and taillight along with a redesigned front grille. It also features a redesigned interior that takes inspiration from the GLS. For starters, it gets a new steering wheel, and the AC vents get a chrome surround. Mercedes-Benz has also added a 13-speaker Burmester surround system with a 580-watt output. Additionally, a 360-degree camera features a transparent bonnet function that enables the driver to have better visibility over near or hidden obstacles. The AMG line trim has additional features like a heads-up display and air suspension, along with a bigger engine.
The GLE can currently be had in three variants that include one petrol and two diesel engines. The 300d variant is a 2.0 diesel motor that produces 269 bhp of power and 550 Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz claims it can go from 0-100 in 6.9 seconds. The GLE 450d gets a six-cylinder diesel motor that produces 367 bhp and a hefty 750 Nm of torque. It also does 0-100 in just 5.6 seconds and costs Rs. 1.15 crore.
Meanwhile, the petrol-powered 450 variant also uses a six-cylinder that produces a healthy 381 bhp and 500 Nm of torque. It can be had for Rs. 1.10 crore. All engines are paired with a 9-speed gearbox that puts power down via Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. They also have a mild hybrid 48V integrated starter-generator (ISG) that adds 20bhp and 200 Nm of torque to their peak outputs.
The key rival of the Mercedes-Benz GLE is the Audi Q7, which costs Rs. 84.7 lakh. The Range Rover Velar costs Rs. 94.3 lakh, and the BMW X5 costs Rs. 95.2 lakh.