Mercedes-Benz India dealers have started accepting pre-orders for the keenly awaited GLE-Class SUV at a token amount of Rs. 3 Lakhs. The GLE-Class is the facelifted version of Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It is being expected that the German luxury automaker would unveil the new SUV in India in next one or two months, while deliveries are slated to start by September 2015.
At one go, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class looks identical to the M-Class. But when one sees it carefully, it can be noticed that it's front fascia is designed by taking cues from the company's S-Class and C-Class saloons. It flaunts LED headlamps and LED tail-lamp cluster with dual rectangular exhausts at the back. The interior cabin is available with several color trims, while a new 7-inch free-standing infotainment screen comes as standard. It would also feature a panoramic sunroof and updated instrument cluster. Mercedes-Benz used to manufacture the M-Class locally at its Chakan, Pune plant and the same is going to continue with the GLE-Class as the company, in order to price it aggressively, would assemble it locally upon its launch.
Mercedes-Benz India has already announced that it would launch 15 products in the country this year, and recently we reported you that the company has doubled the production capacity at its Pune plant by inaugurating the phase II facility. Now, Merc can roll out 20,000 vehicles from the plant annually. Talking about the engine, the GLE Class is expected to retain the M-Class's engines. It would also be powered by the same 2.1L diesel motor which churns out 203bhp for the 250d variant. The range-topping 350d variant would in-house the 3.0L, V6 engine which generates 255bhp of top power. The dealers are primarily booking the 350d variant and it is being said that the SUV would come in a price bracket of Rs. 55-65 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).