The German luxury carmaker is set to unveil the facelifted version of its flagship SUV, the GLE, in India on November 2. The new GLE will come with design changes, interior upgrades, and multiple engine options.
What’s new in the GLE facelift?
The GLE facelift will sport a new front bumper, a single-slat grille, LED headlights and taillights, and a new set of alloy wheels. The overall profile of the SUV will remain similar to the previous model.
The interior of the GLE will feature a new steering wheel inspired by the S-Class, the latest version of the MBUX system, updated air vents with chrome accents, and a host of features such as four-zone climate control, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electronically adjustable front and rear seats with memory function, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, and more. Mercedes may also offer an optional off-road package for the SUV.
What are the engine options for the GLE facelift?
The GLE facelift is expected to be available in three variants: 300 d, 450 d, and 450. The 300 d will have a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with a 9-speed automatic gearbox, producing 265 bhp of power and 550 Nm of peak torque. The 450 d will have a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with the same transmission, generating 365 bhp of power and 750 Nm of peak torque. The 450 will have a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with a mild-hybrid system, delivering 375 bhp of power and 500 Nm of peak torque.
How much will the GLE facelift cost?
The previous GLE SUV in India had a starting price of ₹91.20 lakh (ex-showroom), while the more powerful diesel variant cost ₹1.08 crore (ex-showroom). The facelifted version is likely to start at around ₹95 lakh (ex-showroom). The GLE facelift will compete with other luxury SUVs like the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, and more.