Mercedes-Benz on 29th January,2020, added another member to their already diverse SUV portfolio, the latest generation of the GLE featuring a long wheelbase. The LWB GLE was launched by Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Santosh Iyer, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India in New Delhi.
The new LWB GLE combines superlative on and off-road driving characteristics with an interior, which is luxurious and spacious than ever before, thanks to the long wheelbase. The new LWB GLE has an 80 mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor does and it is 105 mm longer in overall length. The legroom in the second row has increased by 69 mm over the previous generation. The headroom of the new GLE at the rear has now increased by 35 mm as well. The rear seat also has an inclination angle of 30 degrees along with a fore and aft movement of 100 mm, which makes the drive even more comfortable.
The GLE (400d) now comes equipped with E-ACTIVE Body Control combined with the newly developed AIRMATIC air suspension, which means the GLE 400 d is the only car in its segment with the system in where the spring and damping forces can be individually controlled at each wheel. This means that it not only counteracts body roll, but also pitching and squat.
The GLE now comes with a new range of diesel engines. The GLE 300 d 4MATIC comes with a four-cylinder engine which puts out 245 Bhp and 500 Nm of torque and is capable of doing 0-100 Kmph in 7.2 seconds. The GLE 400 d 4MATIC (hip-hop variant) comes with a in-line 6 which puts 330 Bhp and 700 Nm of torque and can do 0-100 Kmph in 5.8 seconds.
Power is transmitted by the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. With the 4-cylinder engines, 4MATIC all-wheel drive is fitted with a transfer case which transmits the drive torque to the axles in a fixed ratio of 50:50 percent.
The new GLE has a drag coefficient or Cd starting from 0.29 - the best in its segment. This is also a significant improvement over the preceding model (Cd 0.32). The good aerodynamic properties make a key contribution to low fuel consumption under everyday conditions.
The new GLE comes equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems giving cooperative support to the driver. Active Braking Assist (standard across all variants) can help you to avoid rear-end collisions and accidents with crossing pedestrians and cyclists. Besides distance and collision warning, it also provides situation-dependent brake boosting in the event that you apply the brakes with insufficient force If you do not react, it is able to initiate autonomous emergency braking.
Blind Spot Assist (standard across all variants) takes a very close look for you – in particular as soon as you actuate the turn indicator. The system is thus able to give you a visual and audible warning of side collisions with other road users in the blind spot. After your trip, the system still remains alert and warns you if you open the door at the wrong time. With Blind Spot Assist you get two additional radar sensors fitted in the rear bumper. With these, the system is able to detect not only cars but also two-wheeled vehicles in the area of the blind spot.
The LWB GLE features the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system (MBUX), which focuses on interaction with the vehicle and its functions through gestures, touch or the voice control system. This is made possible by the latest telematics generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which is characterised by intuitive logic and a wide range of operating options. There are five different possibilities to interact with the infotainment system of the GLE:
• Per Touch control on the multimedia display in the centre
• Using the Touch Control buttons on the multifunction steering wheel
• With the multifunction touchpad on the centre console
• By voice control, either with the talk button on the steering wheel or the “Hey Mercedes” prompt
The voice control has been revised to be more convenient and natural. The Passengers can activate the voice control with the "Hey Mercedes” prompt. Additionally, there is talk button on the steering wheel available for this purpose. The system requires no memorised commands – the user has the freedom, for example, to phrase the desired destination address or the question about the weather.
The new Mercedes-Benz LWB GLE 300 d is priced at INR 73.70 lakh (ex-showroom), and the LWB GLE 400 d (hip-hop variant) is priced at INR 1.25 crores (ex-showroom)