The size of the GLE is same as the outgoing M-Class and the cosmetic updates are in-line with Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language. The fascia gets a new grille and revised projector headlamps with DRLS. The silhouette looks similar, but the rear now gets a re-profiled bumper set with dual exhaust tips. The slab-sided tailgate and the signature wraparound rear-quarter window behind the C-pillar shout out the typical ML styling cues. The wraparound tail lamps are redesigned with LEDs and look sleeker than the ones on the previous model.
The GLE’s interior boasts of a new three-spoke steering wheel, a new central information console and a 7.0-inch COMAND display unit with high definition touchscreen. Systems such as Airmatic air suspension, active curve, and agility control are offered as standard or can be opted for depending on the model chosen.
Globally, the GLE is offered in both petrol and hybrid versions. However, for the Indian market, only the diesel variant will be offered. These include two CDI engine options, a 2.1-litre motor and the other a 3.0-litre V6 mill. This will also for the first time see the introduction of the nine-speed automatic gearbox in India. It will replace the seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE looks striking with its sporty looks and has outgrown to be a 2016 model. It is the 13th out of the 15 cars to be launched this year by the German manufacturer in India. Official variant wise prices will be revealed tomorrow.