Mercedes-Benz India to launch four new cars in the upcoming year
Mercedes Benz India recently dropped a teaser video on Twitter, previewing the four new models that are going to be launched in the upcoming year. The company is trying to keep up to its aggressive product strategy, which is to launch a new product every month.
2020 is going to be a year of innovation and imagination coming to life.
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- Mercedes-Benz India (@MercedesBenzInd) January 2, 2020
The video shows the all new GLE SUV. The model is set to launch in this month. The GLE-Class SUV will come with two BSVI diesel and one BSVI petrol engine variants. One of the variants will be the GLE 300d 4Matic. This will be powered by the same OM 654 diesel engine. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine will churn out 245PS and 500 Nm. The petrol version, the GLE 450 4Matic will get the M 256 in-line six 3.0-litre petrol motor paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system. Outputs will be 367PS and 500 Nm with the EQ-Boost mild-hybrid system adding a further 22PS and 250 Nm. The GLE 400d will get an in-line six 3.0-litre motor making 330PS and 700 Nm. All three engines will be paired with the nine-speed torque convertor automatic and come with 4Matic permanent AWD system.
Along with the GLE, there are images of the new generation GLE Coupe. The model is said to replace the current generation of GLE which is the AMG 43. The video hints on an "AMG 53" variant which could be the coupe.
The next-generation GLS is also lined up to launch after the GLE launch in the first quarter of the year. The GLS too may be offered in two diesel engines and petrol variants, all BSVI compliant. The GLS 350d could be offered with the OM656 diesel which is a 2,956cc inline-six motor makes 286PS at 3,400-4,600rpm and 600Nm between 1,200 and 3,200rpm. The GLS 400d could get the same motor in a higher state of tune. The petrol engine version is the GLS 450 4Matic. This will get the M 256 inline-six 3.0-litre petrol motor paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system. Outputs should be 367PS and 500Nm with the EQ-Boost mild-hybrid system adding a further 22PS and 250Nm. All engines come paired with a 9-speed torque converter automatic and the 4Matic AWD system.
The video teased with glimpses of the four-door AMG GT but it is ambiguous as to which model of the AMG GT will make it to the Indian subcontinent. Mercedes Benz is also likely to launch smaller vehicles to add to their lineup such as the GLB SUV and an A Class sedan. The launch of the facelift version of the E Class sedan and the Maybach GLS 600 is also in the cards.
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