Mercedes-Benz launched the facelifted GLE in India in January 2020. The German luxury brand has added two more variants to the GLE lineup recently. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 and the GLE 400d are the new addition to the Mercedes-Benz lineup which costs ₹ 88.80 lakh and 89.90 lakh respectively.
Current Mercedes-Benz GLE Lineup
GLE 450 ₹ 88.80 lakh
GLE 300d ₹ 73.70 lakh
GLE 400d ₹ 89.90 lakh
GLE 400d Hip Hop ₹ 1.25 Cr
The whooping difference between GLE 400d and GLE 400d Hip Hop Edition is because GLE 400d is locally assembled while the GLE 400d Hip Hop is brought to India via CBU route.
GLE 400d Hip Hop gets HUD, a13-speaker Burmester Sound System and Merc's E-Active Body Control Suspension which the regular GLE 400d does not. GLE 400d Hip Hop is also on the premium side on safety as well, it gets 9-airbags while the GLE 400d gets 7-airbags.
However, they do share the multi-beam LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable rear seats, memory package for the front seats, four-zone climate control, the latest MBUX software for the dual 12.3-inch displays (for the infotainment and instrumentation), the active air suspension, a panoramic sunroof and wireless charging. Safety kit such as a 360-degree parking camera with a hands-free parking function, blind-spot monitoring and active brake assist are also shared.
Both are powered by the same 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, which churns out 330hp and 700Nm of torque. A 9-speed automatic is standard, as is Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. 0-100kph is demolished in a claimed 5.7sec.
When the GLE had first arrived in India, it was a diesel-only model. Now, buyers have the option of choosing the GLE 450, which is powered by a 367hp/500Nm, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system, which can add up to 22hp and 250Nm of torque when called upon. All this output is sent to all-four wheels via a 9-speed automatic. Mercedes claims a 0-100kph time of 5.7sec.
The GLE 450 and the GLE 400d share the same equipment, safety kit and creature comforts.
In the Indian market, the Mercedes-Benz GLE competes with the BMW X5 (Rs 82.90-84.40 lakh), which is available in petrol and diesel engine options. Other rivals include the now petrol-only Land Rovers like the Range Rover Sport (Rs 87.02 lakh-Rs 1.01 crore) and the Discovery (Rs 75.59-87.99 lakh), along with the Volvo XC90 (Rs 80.90 lakh-Rs 1.31 crore), which comes in petrol-electric and diesel options.