Mercedes-Benz India has announced the launch of new GLE SUV on October 14, 2015 in the country. The Mercedes-Benz GLE is the successor to the M Class, and would be locally manufactured at the company's production facility in Pune, Chakan. The Mercedes GLE is also termed as the facelift version of M Class with several cosmetic changes at the outside, while the interior changes are subtle. Mechanically, it would be the same as the outgoing M-Class. It is being learnt that Mercedes GLE would be launched in two trims - GLE 250d and GLE 350d.
Talking about the exterior changes, the Mercedes GLE flaunts restyled radiator grille, Multibeam LED headlamps and revised bumper. At the rear end, there are new LED lamps with subtle modification to the bumper and dual exhausts. Inside the cabin, there is a new steering wheel and tweaked button layout at the centre console. In addition, the GLE also gets freestanding 7.0-inch COMAND infotainment system with restyled A/C vents. Just so you know, the GLE SUV also has a coupe sibling, which is a direct competition to the BMW X6. However, it remains to be seen if the Stuttgart-based luxury automaker launches it in India. Mercedes-Benz GLE would rival the likes of Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
Mechanically, the Mercedes GLE would be available with two engines: a 4-cylinder diesel and a 6-cylinder V6 diesel. Both these powertrains were also on offer with the M-Class. The inline-four cylinder motor would churn out 202bhp of top power and 500Nm of peak torque, while the heavier 6-cylinder V6 mill would generate 255bhp and 620Nm. These engine would be coupled with a new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with power being transferred to all the four wheels via Merc's 4MATIC AWD system. The GLE's launch would also mark the introduction of this newly-developed gearbox in the country.