Mercedes-Benz India has introduced two new range-topping variants on the new-generation GLE SUV. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC is priced at ₹ 88.80 lakh, while the 400 d 4MATIC is priced at ₹ 89.90 lakh (all prices ex-showroom India, except Kerala). The new variants join the existing GLE 300 d 4MATIC and the 400 d 4MATIC Hip Hop variants that are currently on sale. The new variants pack in more features and tech including the MBUX system with interior assistant, auto park assist, and a lot more.
Speaking on the launch of the new range-topping variants of the GLE, Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, "The locally made LWB GLE 450 4MATIC and the 400 d 4MATIC thus make important additions to our GLE SUV range and will further attract customers who seek comfort, luxury and off-roading prowess in their SUV. The GLE LWB is an important pillar in our expansive SUV portfolio, leading our product offensive in the SUV segment and it remains Mercedes-Benz's highest selling SUV in India. With the addition of these two new variants, we once again reiterate our customer focus and our commitment to the Indian market."
On the other hand, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 d 4MATIC uses the familiar 3.0-litre straight-six oil burner from the OM 656 engine family that powers a number of cars in the Mercedes line-up. The diesel engine develops 325 bhp and 700 Nm of peak torque. Both the petrol and diesel engines are paired with a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, while the SUVs can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 5.7 seconds. The GLE 400 d has an electronically limited top speed of 245 kmph, while the GLE 450 has a restricted top speed of 250 kmph.
With respect to the feature list, both the 450 and the 400 d get Multibeam LED headlights with ultra range high beam, intelligent headlight control plus, 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, auto park assist and 360-degree camera. The cabin gets further spruced with new premium upholstery, widescreen cockpit, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, electrically adjustable rear seats, four-zone climate control, electric sun blinds, panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, illuminated scuff plates and more. The interior also comes with anthracite open-pore wood trim, blind spot assist, and an AIRMATIC suspension with ADS+ as part of the package. The 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system also comes with VTD (Variable Torque Distribution).