Mercedes-Benz India Opens Bookings For The Fourth-Gen GLE
It is the all-new GLE and should be offered with BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines
The next-gen GLE is expected to be launched in India before the 2020 Auto Expo.
It was spotted undergoing emission tests on Indian roads recently.
Expect it to be priced in the range of Rs 70 lakh and Rs 1.05 crore (ex-showroom India).
After its launch, it will rival the likes of the BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery.
Now, Mercedes-Benz India has announced that it has started accepting bookings for the upcoming GLE SUV. Going by the spy shots, the fourth-gen GLE is expected to be powered by BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines. The test mule was seen carrying the Real Driving Emission (RDE) analyser that is used to test emission levels.
Since the GLE is based on a new platform, its wheelbase has increased by 80mm and now measures 2,995mm. The test mule was spotted sporting 19-inch optional alloy wheels. While the current generation is offered in four variants in India, the 2020 GLE is offered in a total of five variants internationally (three diesel and two petrol engines): GLE 300 d, GLE 350 d, GLE 400 d, GLE 350 and GLE 450.
Under the hood, the new 2020 GLE comes with four engine options. The 300 d diesel is powered by a 2.0-litre unit (245PS/500Nm), while the 400 d diesel gets a 3.0-litre engine which is good for 330PS of max power and 700Nm of peak torque. The GLE 350 variant comes with a 2.0-litre petrol powertrain that makes 255PS while the GLE 450 is offered with a 3.0-litre V6 which puts out 367PS. The German carmaker is offering all the engines with a 9-speed automatic transmission option.
The new GLE will be offered with two 12.3-inch touchscreen systems from the new A-Class. Additionally, it may feature a large touchpad on the centre console along with multi-functional touch buttons on the steering wheel.