Mercedes-Benz GLE showcased, to replace ML-Class

Team OD  /
26 Mar 2015 18:44:44 IST

A couple of months ago Mercedes-Benz showed the world the GLE Coupe, a competitor to BMW's gargantuan (so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence)SUV/coupe they call the X6. Now however, the company has taken the wraps off the normally roofed GLE-Class. Why is it so important? Because it will replace the current ML-Class as part of Mercedes' new nomenclature change drive.

Mercedes-Benz GLE500 1

Visually the car spans the same proportions as the ML but gets a sharper new face from the GLE Coupe. The side profile is similar while the rear gets new LED tail lamps.

Mercedes-Benz GLE500 5

Mercedes-Benz GLE500 2

The interior gets the same updates as the coupe and features a design similar to the ML-Class but with a new steering wheel and a large fixed infotainment screen. Engine choices include a 2.1-litre 201PS four cylinder turbo diesel in the GLE 300d. Two V6 petrol engines are available with a 302PS 3.5-litre V6 in the GLE 350 and a twin turbo 329PS 3.0-litre V6 in the GLE 400 4Matic. Then there's the 436PS GLE 550e 4Matic hybrid while you can also go for the mental GLE 63 and GLE 63 S which make 550 and 577PS, respectively from their twin turbo 5.5-litre V8 petrol engines.

Mercedes-Benz GLE500 8

The GLE goes on sale internationally by August and you can expect it in India by the end of this year or early 2016.

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