The German luxury automaker, Mercedes-Benz, is all set to include a new and for the first time a non-AMG spec petrol model in its SUV lineup. The company has imported a GLE400 SUV for the purpose of homologation – a process wherein a product is certified or approved indicating that it meets all the safety specs, technical requirements and regulatory standards. Currently the 2016 model of Mercedes GLE400 4MATIC is available for $64,600.
GLE400 is a petrol version of the Mercedes mid-size SUV lineup and in case it get launched, it will be the first time, after ML-class, the company is offering a non-AMG petrol variant in a time span of five years.
The GLE400 4MATIC draws energy from a 3.0L V6 powertrain that is capable of churning out a maximum power of 333bhp along with a peak torque of 480Nm. The power so produced is sent to all the four wheels through the Mercedes’ 4MATIC All Wheel Drive system coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
As per the rumors, the German carmaker might introduce the SUV with an AMG body kit that might have large AMG-specification wheels, side skirts and sporty bumpers for robust look. From the inside too the company is expected to provide the AMG touch in steering wheel and seats along with door-sil plates and ambient lighting accessories.
In terms of safety features, GLE400 SUV comes with Attention assist, LED daytime running and LED tail lamp, blind-spot assist, Lane keeping assistance, rearview camera, seat belt technology, Adaptive braking technology, Auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, Mercedes-Benz mbrace with 5years warranty and Collision prevention assist plus to name few.
For the sake of comfort of the passengers and driver, the vehicle is offered with heated front seats, power liftgate and dual-automatic climate control to adjust the temperature within the cabin according to the temperature outside.
When launched, GLE400 will have the appearance of the AMG lineup but will be within the range of the common mass and will fall somewhere between the regular GLE models, namely GLE 350d and 250d, and the GLE 450 AMG coupe.
As of now, no other luxury brands such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar, etc. are offering their SUVs in the form of standard petrol variants. It will be quite interesting to see how this step by Mercedes will bring the other competitors down into the arena, thus creating another successful story for the German legend.