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Mercedes-Benz Adds Petrol Motor To GLE Range, Launches GLE 400 4MATIC

  • Aug 25, 2016
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[caption id="attachment_105186" align="alignnone" width="650"]Mr Roland Folger, MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India with the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC Mr Roland Folger, MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India with the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC[/caption]

Though the uncertainty around the ban on diesel cars with engines bigger than 2000cc is over for now - thanks to the Supreme Court's directive dismissing the NGT order, companies are quite weary about the issue. Mercedes-Benz has launched the GLE 400 4MATIC in the country today because of this - this helps cater to a slowly increasing demand for petrol-powered cars in the country.

Priced at Rs 74.90 lakh, ex-showroom New Delhi, the GLE 400 4MATIC joins the GLE-Class range in India as the third variant. The other variants of the GLE include the GLE 250 d 4MATIC (Rs 62.85 lakh) and the GLE 350 d 4MATIC (Rs 74.12 lakh). Mercedes-AMG also offers the GLE 450 Coupe (Rs 89.65 lakh) in India.

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In terms of design, the GLE 400 4MATIC is no different than the other two diesel-powered variants already on offer in India - inside or out. It is currently being brought in as a CBU (Completely-Built Unit) rather than being assembled here like the other two variants. It is the 7th product launch by the company in India following the Mercedes-AMG GLE 450 Coupe, Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard, Mercedes-Benz S400, Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 d, GLC and the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43.

The GLE 400 4MATIC is powered by a 3.0-litre (2996cc), V6 petrol motor developing 333PS of maximum power @ 5250-6000rpm and 480Nm of peak torque @ 1600-4000rpm. The GLE 400 ha a top speed of approximately 247kmph. This motor is paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. This motor can also be found under the hood of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 450 Coupe - where it develops 367PS/520Nm.

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Some of the features available on the GLE 400 include Airmatic suspension with adaptive dampening, Dynamic Select with five driving modes including 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Slippery', 'Individual' and 'Off-Road', Comand infotainment system with 8-inch display, Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system with 14 speakers, Full-LED headlamps, Electric sunroof, Memory seats for front occupants etc.

Safety features offered on the GLE 400 4MATIC include 6-airbags, Crosswind assist, Attention assist, Active parking assist with 360-degree camera view, Brake assist etc.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class goes up against the BMW X5 (Rs 68.33 lakh to Rs 78.77 lakh) in India.
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