Exterior and Design
The Mercedes-Benz GLE has a sleek exterior design with notable features: a larger grille with a prominent three-pointed star emblem, LED headlamps with optional Digital Light function, a sporty bumper available in the optional AMG spec, slimmer tail-lamps connected by a contrasting trim element, and a choice of wheel sizes ranging from 18 to 22 inches.
Interior and Features
This SUV offers a premium interior packed with comfort and convenience features. Highlights include a 10.25-inch touchscreen MBUX infotainment system supporting voice commands and navigation, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a panoramic sunroof for a pleasant cabin ambiance.
Customizable ambient lighting offers 64 colors, while rear sun blinds provide shade and privacy. Enjoy high-quality sound with the 15-speaker Burmester music system, and relax with cruise control and an air purifier ensuring a clean environment.
Engine and Transmission
GLE offers two engine options: a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel, both paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The petrol engine produces 194 bhp and 320 Nm of torque, while the diesel engine delivers 192 bhp and 400 Nm of torque.
Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which provides smooth and quick gear shifts. The petrol engine is rear-wheel-drive, while the diesel engine comes with an all-wheel-drive system (4MATIC), which can distribute the power to the wheels as needed.
Dimension and Weight
This luxury midsize SUV, possesses dimensions and weight in standard SI units as follows: with a length of approximately 4668 millimetres, width of about 1899 millimetres, height of around 1664 millimetres, and a wheelbase of approximately 2873 millimetres. Its curb weight translates to roughly 1869 kilograms, while cargo volume stands at approximately 538 litres.
Variants and Colors
It offers two variants: the GLE 200 and the GLE 220d. The GLE 200 is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, while the GLE 220d is equipped with a 2.0-litre diesel engine with the same hybrid system. The GLE 200 is rear-wheel-drive, while the GLE 220d comes with an all-wheel-drive system (4MATIC).
The GLE is available in five colors: Polar White, High-Tech Silver Metallic, Obsidian Black Metallic, Sodalite Blue Metallic, and Selenite Grey Metallic. These colors can be paired with three different interior themes: Black, Macchiato Beige, and Sienna Brown (New).
Segments and Rivals
The Mercedes-Benz GLE, a luxury midsize SUV in the D-segment of the Indian car market, competes with premium SUVs known for their performance, comfort, and style. Rivals include:
- BMW X5: Offers sporty driving, spacious cabin, but lacks the elegance of the GLE.
- Audi Q7: Known for smooth rides and well-built interior, though slightly smaller and less powerful.
- Volvo XC90: Stylish and safe with a powerful diesel engine, but less dynamic and engaging.
- Land Rover Discovery Sport: Versatile with a refined diesel engine, but more expensive and less efficient than the GLE.