The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a new name and a new look, and now, it has a price for Australian customers as well.
Meet the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class - which is available to order in Australia from this week with deliveries scheduled to begin in September.
Along with the new name and new looks, the GLE has a new sibling in the BMW X6-rivaling GLE Coupe, which is also available to order now with the same September arrival date.
Prices start from $86,900 for the GLE 250d variant (up $3000 on the equivalent M-Class) and round out at $189,900 (up $7000) for the range-topping 63 S performance model; plus on-road costs.
Two diesels and three petrol-powered models make up the range, and all GLEs in Australia features Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and an automatic transmission.
Diesel models get a new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic, while the petrol variants continue with the seven-speed unit from the M-Class.
As mentioned, the GLE 250d kicks off the range and is powered by a 150kW/480Nm 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine returning 6.0 l/100km.
Standard features include LED headlights with the Intelligent Light System, Benz’s ‘Driver Assistance Package Plus’, 19-inch alloy wheels and an infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation.
Stepping up to the GLE 350d brings a V6 diesel engine making 190kW and 620Nm. Despite the power and torque boost over the four-cylinder model, fuel usage rises by only 0.6 l/100km to 6.6 l/100km (nine percent better than the equivalent M-Class).
The only V6 petrol model in the range is the GLE 400, with its 3.0 litre twin-turbo engine good for 245kW/480Nm and using 9.3 l/100km.
The 400 gains a 360-degree camera over lower models, along with heated front seats, 20-inch wheels, an electric sunroof and a 14-speaker audio system.
The GLE 500 features a 4.7 litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine making 320kW and a healthy 700Nm of torque, while adding 21-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, tyre-pressure monitoring and the selectable AIRMATIC suspension package.
Topping the range is the AMG GLE 63 S, with a 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 packing a full 200kW more than the V8 in the GLE 500.
That means 430kW of power - up 44kW on the M-Class 63 S - capable of propelling the AMG GLE to 100km/h from rest in 4.2 seconds.
Safety features for the GLE in Australia include nine airbags, collision prevention assist plus, pre-safe brake and pre-safe plus, along with lane keep assist and adaptive high-beam headlights.
Benz has also added a fully electric extendable and retractable trailer coupling and electronic stability control trailer stabilisation, which the carmaker says is a first for the segment.
The 4MATIC AWD system comes with Dynamic Select, enabling the driver to switch between Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport or Off-Road settings and adding a new Off-Road+ for models with the optional off-road engineering package.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is available to order now.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ GLE-CLASS
- Mercedes-Benz GLE 250d 4MATIC - $86,900
- Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d 4MATIC - $104,900
- Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC - $109,900
- Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 4MATIC - $127,900
- Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC - $189,900