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India-bound 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV Revealed

India-bound 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV Revealed

Snapshot: Formerly also known as the M Class, it would be the first time that Merc would offer a plug-in hybrid model, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC of this SUV.

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed the India-bound 2015 new GLE-Class SUV ahead of its world premiere at the New York Motor Show on April 1, 2015. Alongside the conventional petrol and diesel models, the high-performance SUV model - the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC - has also been revealed. Formerly also known as the M Class, it would be the first time that Mercedes-Benz would offer a plug-in hybrid model, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC of this SUV.

Across the available engine range, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by 17 per cent on average compared with the predecessor model series. The highlights of the new GLE include a more appealing front and rear end. The unmistakable design with the hallmark C-pillar and the variable interior with the wellness factor of a luxurious saloon model enrich the Mercedes-Benz GLE experience as well. In addition to the appealing design, the variable driving experience thanks to DYNAMIC SELECT and the assistance systems familiar from the E-Class and S-Class, the GLE impresses with an extensive engine line-up.

The 204bhp 4-cylinder diesel model GLE 250 d offers superior performance with an all-time low fuel consumption for this class of vehicles. It is the world's first production full-size SUV with conventional drive that emits just 140 g of CO2/km alongwith an fuel economy of 18.51kmpl. The plug-in hybrid variant GLE 500 e 4MATIC has a system output of 442bhp with CO2 emissions of just 78 g/km and mileage of 30.3kmpl. Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e 4MATIC has a power consumption of 16.7 kWh/100 kilometers and is capable of up to 30 kilometers of all-electric driving with top speed of 130kmph.

In addition to the equally efficient and powerful four-cylinder diesel engine for the GLE 250 d and GLE 250 d 4MATIC models with an output of 204bhp, the proven V6 diesel engine producing 258bhp of power and a hefty torque of 620 Nm is available in the GLE 350 d 4MATIC. An extensive package of measures makes a cut in fuel consumption from the previous model by around nine per cent making 15.1kmpl possible. With the start of the new GLE generation, all diesel models will be equipped with the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard. Coming to the new new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC, it is now stronger and more appealing than ever with an expanded model line-up and even more power.

The successor of the successful Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG is now called the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC. The AMG 5.5L twin-turbo V8 engine is even more powerful than before as the highly sporty S-Model is rated at 585bhp. The chassis was completely revised to deliver even better driving dynamics and agility. The throttle response of the engine and the shift times of the transmission are now on a new, even sportier level and thereby underscore the hallmark AMG Driving Performance. With the characteristic AMG family face featuring “A-wing” and twin-blade radiator grille, the power SUV also has a more dynamic appearance than before.

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