Mercedes-Benz has revealed the M-Class/ML 63 AMG successor under the new nomenclature system. The standard version of the new SUV is called the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, in which G is reminiscent of the “legendary” G-Class SUV, L represents the car is from the SUV range and E denoting that the SUV falls in the E-Class segment.
The AMG-tuned version is called the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63. Both versions are redesigned and restyled with the brand’s latest design language. The models falling under the GLE-Class include GLE 250 d, GLE 250 d 4MATIC, GLE 350 d, GLE 400 4MATIC, GLE 500 4MATIC and GLE 500 e 4MATIC.
The GLE 250 d is powered by a 204-hp four-cylinder diesel engine that has CO2 emissions figure rated at 140 g/km and fuel economy figure rated in NEDC combined cycle at 52.3 mpg (18.51 km/l). The GLE 250d 4MATIC is also powered by the same 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission matched to this engine sends power to all four wheels via the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system.
This model’s CO2 emissions figure is rated at 149 g/km and fuel consumption figure in NEDC combined cycle rated at 49.5 mpg (17.52 km/l). The GLE 350d 4MATIC is powered by a V6 turbodiesel engine that produces 258 hp and 620 Nm of torque, mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. This model’s CO2 emissions figure is rated at 169 g/km and fuel consumption figure in NEDC combined cycle is rated at 44.1 mpg (15.61 km/l).
The GLE 400 4MATIC is the entry-level petrol engine-powered model and features a with a twin-turbo V6 unit that produces 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque. This model’s CO2 emissions figure is rated at 209 g/km and fuel consumption figure in NEDC combined cycle is rated at 11.36 km/l. The GLE 500 4MATIC is powered by a twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that churns out 435 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
There’s also a plug-in hybrid powertrain offered, a first-ever on the brand’s SUV range, comprising of a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that produces 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque and an electric motor that generates 116 hp and 340 Nm of torque. The plug-in hybrid electric model is called the GLE 500 e 4MATIC. The petrol engine and electric motor combined, deliver 442 hp and 650 Nm of torque. The powertrain is paired to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission that sends power to both the axles via the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system.
Electric-only driving range of this plug-in hybrid model is 30 km. This model’s CO2 emissions figure is rated at 78 g/km and fuel consumption figure in NEDC combined cycle is rated at 85.6 mpg (30.3 km/l).
The AMG version will include two models – GLE 63 4MATIC and GLE 63 S 4MATIC. Both models are powered by an AMG-tuned 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine. The power outputs of GLE 63 4MATIC and GLE 63 S 4MATIC are rated at 557 hp and 700 Nm of torque and 585 hp and 760 Nm of torque respectively.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 will be have their world premieres at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April.