Spy shots have captured the upcoming, India bound Mercedes GLE Class, or the next-generation ML Class. Thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s new nomenclature, the current ML Class, in its next iteration will turn into the GLE Class, to better reflect its positioning in the E-Class range of cars. In essence, the GLE Class will be the already launched GLE Coupe sans the swooping roof-line; or, a updated ML Class with a GLE Coupe fascia. The GLE will also be blessed with a AMG Sport model, like the one seen in these spy shots, and a hot-blooded GLE 63 AMG.
For the uninitiated, Mercedes-AMG has established a new product line by the name of “AMG Sport”, offering enhanced performance and technical refinements. The AMG Sport models will fill the gap between the AMG Sports package for Mercedes Benz vehicles and the classic AMG models, and will take on the Audi S models. The AMG Sport models will feature uprated engine output, all-wheel drive as standard in selected markets and special chassis components and brake systems from the classic AMG models, apart from AMG specific exterior embellishments.
The first model to brandish AMG Sport credentials was the GLE Coupe 450 AMG (above), featuring aids like a dynamic select variable control system which provides five different driving modes for the nine-speed transmission – Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Sport+. It also utilizes a 40:60 torque split, while including the latest Airmatic air suspension system with the Active Curve System and active roll stabilization coming into effect when the Sport and Sport+ modes are selected.
All the aforementioned features are expected on the GLE 450 AMG (spy shot below).
The engine line-up for Europe should mimic the Coupe’s, which are as follows:
- GLE 350d Coupe – 3.0-liter V6 diesel, 255bhp, 619Nm
- GLE 400 Coupe – 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbo petrol, 329bhp, 479Nm
- GLE 450 AMG Coupe – 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbo petrol, 362bhp, 520Nm
- GLE 63 AMG Coupe – 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged, petrol V8 with 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. 62 miles per hour is dispatched in just 4.2 seconds, while the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox routes all power to all four wheels with a 40:60 front/rear split
Expected India Launch: Late 2015
Expected Price: Rs 60-70 lakh
Rivals: BMW X5, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60
Spy pics courtesy : Mercedes-fans.de