Mercedes Benz GLE Class Review & Test Drive

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Mercedes Benz GLE Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a luxury SUV offered by the German carmaker in India which is based on the previous generation E-Class. It is powered by one petrol engine and two diesel engines. The petrol engine is a 2,996 cc unit that generates 333 hp of power at 5,250 rpm and 480 Nm of torque from 1,600.x` It is mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission. The smaller diesel engine is a 2,143 cc unit that produces 204 hp of power at 3,800 rpm and 500 Nm of torque.

This motor is mated to the 9G-Tronic 9 speed automatic gearbox. The larger diesel engine generates 258 hp of power at 3,400 rpm and 620 Nm of torque at 1,600 rpm. This engine is also paired 9G-Tronic 9 speed automatic transmission. It measures 4,819 mm in length, 2,141 mm in width, 1,796 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,915 mm. In terms of safety, the GLE is equipped with 7 airbags, Electronic Stability Programme, Attention Assist and other segment matching equipment. Check for Mercedes-Benz GLE Class price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Mercedes Benz GLE Class Exteriors

Apart from the change in badging, this mid-life facelifted model gets a few cosmetic changes even if the size of the SUV remains the same as the outgoing M-Class. The fascia makes it clear in the first glance that the changes are in line with Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language. The grille and the pinned-back headlights remind you of the other new siblings with a similar front. However, the tall bonnet with sharp lines have retained the aggressive stance of the SUV. The headlamps with projectors also house the daylight running lamps (DRLs) forming the eyebrows like in other models.

The silhouette looks similar to the one of the previous car, not really something that needed any improvement. However, what has pleased me are the changes at the back which have given the GLE a better look. The wraparound tail lamps are redesigned with LEDs and look sleeker than the ones on the previous model. Adding further to the appeal is the re-profiled bumper set with dual exhaust tips. The chrome scuff plates have been retained to protect the paint from being chipped off in case big heavy bags are being loaded. The typical ML styling cues are still retained by the signature wraparound rear-quarter window behind the C-pillar

Mercedes Benz GLE Class Interiors

Just like the exterior the interior too has received significant amount of changes. Step inside and the first thing that will catch you attention is the huge media display screen that has been partially integrated into the dashboard while the air con vents are surrounded by the silver shadow surround. While take a look around the cabin and you will also notice that the central console also houses the controller for the Mercedes COMMAND system which by the way also gets a touchpad.

Mercedes has also offered new colors for the interior while there are plenty of choices of colors to choose from for the interior. When it comes to fit and finish and quality of the materials inside nobody can actually complain anything because they look perfect from every angle. The steering wheel itself looks far sportier and stylish. When it comes to interior space and comfort everything including the space offered seems identical to the already available M Class. The seats too look comfortable and supportive. The rear seat too offers comfortable seating for three because of the flat floor.

Mercedes Benz GLE Class Performance

Mercedes is offering GLE 250d and 350d variants in India, yes, the ‘CDI’ moniker too has been replaced with ‘d’ for the diesel models. The 250d gets a 2.1-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine producing 204 BHP and 500 Nm. We drove the GLE 350d which gets a 3.0-litre V6 diesel mill that churns out 258 BHP and 620 Nm. The GLE moves with a smooth and linear progress initially and once past the mid-range, it pulls like whoosh! Refinement is at its best, no diesel clatter at lower revs and near the redline the 6-pot oil burner sounds a bit sporty. There is a wee bit of turbo lag but the meaty mid-range is what makes the GLE feel like it has wings, strong yet effortless acceleration.

Finally the 7G-TRONIC transmission has been replaced by a 9-speed 9G-TRONIC gearbox, which is lighter, more fuel efficient and highly responsive than the former. The gears are stacked closely and hence gear changes are brisk, no more do you feel the power dip while changing the cogs. The steering mounted paddle shifts are now more fun to use since you get the right gear at the right time. The 9-speed transmission is quite active for multiple downshifts and also offers relaxed cruising ability. The engine spins at just 1150 RPM at 100 km/hr in ninth gear.

The intelligent DYNAMIC SELECT system gives you a choice of five modes – Comfort, Sport, Slippery, Individual and Off-Road. This system changes parameters of the engine, transmission, steering and suspension. In Comfort, the throttle response is subdued while the gears change early for a smooth drive and in Sport, it’s the opposite to extract the max out of the engine and transmission which shifts near the 4500 RPM redline. You can tweak each aspect individually with the ‘Individual’ mode. The system can also adapt to your driving style and tweak the mechanicals accordingly. For more info on Mercedes Benz GLE Class check Controlenter

Mercedes Benz GLE Class Riding

This a good old school design SUV with hosts of modern features. All three models are 4matic and this indeed works very well. There is a special feature about the 4matic. After a speed of 120 km/h the individual power to all 4 wheels gets cut off ait is same power to each wheel. This helps providing more traction and less chance of failure. Because of the weight and soft suspension there is a slight understeer at high speed corners.

On the bright side the GLE has an amazingly plush ride. The seats are soft and the bumps do not filter into the cabin especially to the people. There is enough boot place to carry half a house if shifting and the 2nd row seats go completely flat and can be use as a double bed. Thank god for the new 9G-tronic. It eliminates all the flaws of the 7G-Tronic and is way less jerky. Also the gear shift time has reduced drastically. And incase you do want a little fun you have paddle shifts to get into formula one mode.

Mercedes Benz GLE Class Safety

.Standard safety features on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, a forward collision warning system, Pre-Safe (which can identify an imminent crash and automatically take measures to secure occupants), a rearview camera, hill start assist, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. The Mbrace telematics system includes automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle location, geo-fencing, alarm notification and remote door lock/unlock. The GLE also comes standard with Attention Assist, which monitors driver behavior for signs of drowsiness.

Other available safety technology includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring and intervention, and a lane departure warning and intervention system.

Mercedes Benz GLE Class Cost in Pune

Mercedes Benz GLE Class On Road Price is 76,99,232/- and Ex-showroom Price is 64,04,810/- in Pune. Mercedes Benz GLE Class comes in 6 colours, namely Cavansite Blue,Citrine Brown,Obsidian Black,Polar White,Iridium Silver,Tenorite Grey. Mercedes Benz GLE Class comes with AWD with 2143 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 204 bhp@3800 rpm and Peak Torque 500 Nm@1600-1800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 8.6 seconds . Mercedes Benz GLE Class comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Mercedes Benz GLE Class Summing Up

This is a vehicle that has a very clear positive verdict, with its enthralling design, its expensive interiors, its powerful engine and a range of rarely seen before comfort features. But you’ve got to take into accord its phenomenal price tag, something that would alone, make up for much of the plush points. At the end of the day, this is a car that represents the very cream of the cake, so if you’re the type that will shell out as much as possible to have the perfect ride, this is the model you should go for

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