Mercedes-Benz has strengthened its SUV offering in India by adding two new top-end variants to its popular GLE portfolio. The newly launched top-end GLE 450 4MATIC LWB and 400 d 4MATIC LWB further diversify the model line-up of the GLE by adding a petrol and a top-end diesel variant. The current LWB GLE range comprises the BS VI GLE 300 d 4MATIC LWB and the top-end CBU GLE 400 d 4MATIC LWB Hip Hop variants.
The GLE 450 4MATIC LWB and 400 d 4MATIC LWB features the same design, presence and power, plush interiors, like the other variants in the current generation GLE range. It comes packed with the latest MBUX system with interior assistant. The permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution capability together with 9G-TRONIC transmission will ensure it is just as agile and capable an off-roader as its diesel siblings.
An in-line six-cylinder engine systematically electrified with 48-volt technology powers the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 LWB 4MATIC. Its performance data of 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available via EQ Boost over short periods is quite commendable. The integrated starter/alternator (ISG) is responsible for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost or energy recuperation, while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology. Both SUVs accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.
Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) eliminates the need for a belt drive for ancillary components at the front of the engine, which reduces its overall length. The slim design, together with the physical separation of intake/exhaust, creates space for near-engine exhaust after treatment. The 48-volt on-board power supply serves not only high power consumers such as the water pump and air-conditioning compressor, but also the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), which also supplies energy to the battery by means of highly efficient energy recuperation.
The GLE 400 d 4MATIC LWB comes equipped with an OM 656 in-line six-cylinder diesel engine which generates 243 kW (330 hp) and 700 Nm of torque. The most powerful diesel engine in the history of Mercedes-Benz bundles together state-of-the-art technology components. As a result, the engine sets standards in terms of agility and consumption. More than an additional bonus: the six-cylinder in-line engine boasts an unsurpassed level of refinement.
Key features of the new SUVs include multibeam LED headlamps with ultra range high beam, Intelligent Headlight Control Plus, 4MATIC with Variable Torque Distribution, AIRMATIC suspension with ADS+, 50.8 cm (20″) 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, Auto Park Assist 360 degree surround view camera, MBUX NTG6 with “Hey Mercedes”, Hard-Disc Navigation, Smartphone Integration, Widescreen Cockpit, Easy pack tail gate, Memory Package for Front Seats, Electrically adjustable rear seats, 4-Zone THERMOTRONIC AC, Electric Sun Blinds, Panoramic sunroof, Wireless Charging Front, Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist, Anthracite open-pore oak wood trim, Illuminated aluminum running boards and seven airbags.
The GLE 450 4MATIC LWB is priced at INR 88.80 lacs and GLE 400 d 4MATIC LWB is priced at INR 89.90 Lacs (all prices are ex-showroom, India, except Kerala).