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      Second-gen Mercedes-Benz GLE introduced in India at Rs 73.70 lakhs

      Nikhil Puthran

      Nikhil Puthran

      New Mercedes-Benz GLE

      Mercedes-Benz has launched the second generation GLE SUV in India at Rs 73.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, all India). The vehicle is underpinned by a new platform, two BS6 diesel engine options and a new design language. The SUV is available in two variants – Exclusive and Elite. The newly launched Mercedes GLE takes design cues from the GLS along with a new set of features.

      Mechanically, the SUV gets two BS6 engines which includes two diesel units. The 300d is powered by a 2.0-litre which gets a four-cylinder 14v mild-hybrid drivetrain that generates 242bhp and 500Nm of torque. This engine is capable of sprinting from 0-100kmph in 7.2 seconds. The second diesel option, the 400d Hip-Hop Edition is powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, 14v mild-hybrid mill that generates 326bhp and 700Nm of torque; this enables the SUV to hit the 100kmph mark in 5.7 seconds.

      In terms of design, the Mercedes-Benz GLE appears to be sleeker than its predecessor. The SUV gets multi-beam LED headlamps, 20-inch alloy wheels, four-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, air suspension, electrically adjustable rear seats, 360-degree camera, seven airbags and blind-spot assist.
      The newly launched Mercedes-Benz GLE competes against the likes of the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7 in the Indian market.

      Following are the variant-wise prices for the new Mercedes-Benz GLE:

      GLE 300d: Rs 73.70 lakhs
      GLE400d Hip-Hop Edition: Rs 1.25 crores