Mercedes-Benz PH has officially launched its new SUV lineup namely the GLE, GLE Coupe and GLC at the Rockwell Tent in Makati City.
In line with the brand’s worldwide campaign “Make the best of every terrain,” Mercedes-Benz said that the three new models build on the success of the G-Class which “pursues the goal of being able to master any type of ground.”
Of note, the GLE replaces the ML badge based on the new Mercedes-Benz automotive nomenclature. Up front, the 2016 GLE has sharp-looking headlights integrated with daytime running lights, a honeycomb-shaped grill and a large bumper. The rear on the other hand is fitted with LED taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler, a muscular bumper and a chrome bar.
Inside, the GLE comes with piano black and silver accents as well as a three-spoke steering wheel and a center media display. Mercedes-Benz says the GLE features six driving programs through the vehicles ‘Dynamic Select’ technology.
In terms of standard equipment, the GLE features crosswind assist, collision prevention assist plus, eco start/stop function, among others.
Under the hood, the 2016 GLE 250 d and GLE 250 d 4MATIC are equipped with a four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 207 PS while the GLE 350 d 4MATIC is powered by a V6 engine that produces 262 PS and 620 Nm of torque. According to Mercedes-Benz, all diesel models are equipped with the nine-speed ‘9G-Tronic’ automatic transmission as standard. The GLE 250 d 4MATIC retails for PhP 4,990,000, while the GLE 350 d 4MATIC is priced at PhP 6,390,000.
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
Described as a sporty coupe with the attributes of a robust SUV, the 2016 GLE Coupe features sharp lines and angular shapes. The front end is fitted with a single louvre chrome design that is integrated with LED headlights. The hood has a forward-sloping bonnet that comes with the brand’s signature ‘power dome’ design.
The rear of the 2016 GLE Coupe features wraparound taillights, a lip spoiler and a wide chrome insert. It also has a chrome-plated underride guard and twin tailpipes.
The interior of the vehicle has attractive sports seats, a compact sports steering wheel as well as infotainment elements similar to the C, E and S-Class models. The information display is integrated into the instrument panel and the cabin is accented by silver trims and red stitching.
Mercedes-Benz says the GLE Coupé will be available as a diesel or petrol model with an output range of between 262 PS and 372 PS. The engine is mated to a nine-speed ‘9G-Tronic’ automatic transmission and comes with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. The GLE Coupé is tagged at PhP 6,880,000.
The GLC replaces the GLK as Mercedes-Benz’s mid-sized crossover. Mercedes-Benz says “the design philosophy behind the new GLC essentially “favors sensual purity and modern aesthetics over the classic off-road look.”
The GLC’s fascia is equipped with the brand’s current design language as seen on the bold, upright grill. The vehicle’s headlights are available with full LEDs while the bumpers are integrated with underguards and come in three variants: base model, an off-road pack and AMG.
The rear is characterized by muscular shoulders as well as the horizontal orientation of the contour lines and the split LED taillights.
Inside, the 2016 GLC is equipped with high-class materials such as hand-crafted Nappa leather or open-pore wood trim. The dashboard and the center console of the GLC are integrated with flowing lines as well as a large console panel.
The 2016 GLC 250 4MATIC is powered by a gasoline engine that puts out 211 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed ‘9G-Tronic’ automatic transmission. It retails for PhP 4,090,000.