Mercedes-Benz GLE 450
What’s the difference between the GLE 400d and the GLE 400d Hip Hop Edition?
Well, the most noticeable difference is the price: GLE 400d is a whopping Rs 36 lakh more affordable than the hip-hop version. Most of this price difference is due to the fact that the GLE 400d Hip is a CBU import, while the Standard 400d is a locally assembled model.
A bit of that price difference also comes from the level of kit on offer. The hip-hop Edition comes with features like the Merc's E-Active Body Control suspension, a 13-speaker, 590W Burmester sound system, a head-up display, and 9 airbags, while the GLE 400d makes do with 7 airbags.
However, they share multi-beam LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable rear seats, front-seat memory kit, four-zone climate control, and the latest dual 12.3-inch MBUX program (for information, entertainment, and hardware), Active Air Suspension system, panoramic sunroof, and wireless charging. Safety tools, such as the 360-degree parking camera, are also shared with the hands-free parking feature, blind-spot monitoring, and active brake assist.
Both are powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine, which chu
s 330 horsepower and 700 Nm 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.
What’s new on the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450?
When GLE first arrived in India, it was a diesel-only model. Buyers now have the option to choose the GLE 450, which is powered by a 367hp/500Nm, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine paired with a 48V smooth mild-hybrid system, which can add up to 22-hp and 250-Nm of torque when called upon. All of this output is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic. Mercedes claims a 0-100kph time of 5.7sec.
GLE 450 and GLE 400d share the same equipment, safety kit, and creature comforts.
In the Indian market, Mercedes-Benz GLE competes with BMW X5 (Rs 82.90-84.40 lakh), available in petrol and diesel engine options. Other competitors include Land Rover that currently only uses fuel such as Range Rover Sport (Rs 87.02 lakh-Rs 1.01 crore) and Discovery (Rs 75.59-87.99 lakh), along with Volvo XC90 (Rs 80.90 lakh-Rs 1.31 crore), which comes in petrol-electric and diesel options.
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