by the body blow received by the Supreme Court ban on selling cars with diesel
engines with more than 2000 cc capacity in Delhi NCR till March 31, 2016, the 2016
New Year will ring powerful bells for Mercedes-Benz India as it prepares to
launch the GLE 450 AMG Coupe in the country. The launch
date of the car has been fixed for January 12, 2016 in Mumbai. The company has described
this car as an attractive entry-level introduction to the world of AMG SUVs.
The car will cost around Rs 70 lakh (ex showroom Mumbai).
As an AMG sports model, the
coupé is an attractive entry-level introduction to the world of the AMG sports
car and performance brand. It brings the excitement of motorsport to day-to-day
life for a wider range of customers. The GLE 450 AMG Coupé stands for maximum
performance, authentic driving dynamics and the typical AMG DNA.
Thanks to the new 3.0-litre V6
biturbo diesel engine generating 367 bhp and maximum torque of 520 Nm, the GLE
450 AMG provides high sporty performance. It takes just 5.7 seconds to get from
0 to 100 km/h.
The new V6 biturbo engine is
based on the BlueDIRECT engine family from Mercedes-Benz. Technical advances
including a modified boost pressure allowed the AMG engineers to increase the
engine's power output and torque. The car powered by a 2996cc engine, does a
top speed of 250kmph.
The Dynamic Select variable
dynamic control system assigns fundamentally different characteristics to the
five transmission modes of Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport And Sport+, which
the driver is able to select using a rotary control on the centre console. Dynamic
Select networks all the control systems, generating different sets of
parameters for distinct driving experiences. The fifth, markedly dynamic Sport+
transmission mode remains exclusive to AMG models. The names speak for
themselves: Sport and Sport+ turn the GLE 450 AMG into a sporty, dynamic
vehicle with pronounced longitudinal and transverse dynamics. Comfort is at the
opposite end of the spectrum. Here the emphasis is on relaxed, effortless
cruising with the greatest possible energy efficiency. Slippery mode optimises
the handling on surfaces with low friction coefficients such as snow or ice. In
addition, Individual mode enables the driver to programme and store personal
preferences in the individual control strategies, regardless of the engine
Display visualisation on the Comand screen
In the GLE 450 AMG, Dynamic
Select not only modulates the "hard skills" such as the chassis and
suspension, steering or drive system. It is also possible to experience the
selected mode more intensively on an emotional level because various "soft
skills" such as the engine sound, instruments or dynamic control of the
headlamps vary too. To this end, the nature of the various displays on the Comand
screen and in the cockpit changes according to the selected transmission mode.
At the same time, the active light function of the all-LED headlamps responds
more spontaneously and the engine produces the whole range of sounds from
sporty and dominant to poised and reticent: If the driver selects Comfort mode,
the displays take on lesser importance and, like the engine, the dial
instruments such as the rev counter show a relaxed response to the driver's
commands. In combination with comfort-oriented control of the drive system and
suspension, the result is an exceptionally balanced drive on a par with a
saloon. The engine sound is reduced to a pleasant timbre, and the feedback from
the road surface and surroundings is considerably quieter in the interior.
Things are very different when
Sport+ mode is selected. The character changes immediately, the gear changes
performed by 9G-Tronic are acoustically accentuated, especially when
downshifting with the double-declutching function, and gear shifting is faster
and sharper. Appropriately the cockpit instruments also respond more
immediately and "sharply". The large central display visualises the
longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the vehicle level, plus the steering
angle with a photo-realistic motorsport graphic. The engine sound is powerful
and acoustically underscores the sports mode. In typical AMG style, every gear
change is emotionally charged: partial cylinder suppression during gear changes
by means of a momentary and precisely defined retardation of ignition and
injection under full throttle speeds up the gear changes, and is also audible
to the driver. The emotional double-declutching functions during downshifts and
the "exhaust rumbling" in overrun mode provide the fitting
accompaniment. As is customary for AMG, a special sports exhaust system was
designed for the GLE 450. This fact removes any doubt: the GLE 450 AMG Coupé is
a lively sports model of the highest order, and treats its occupants to an
engrossing world of experience.
Pronounced dynamism around the car's vertical axis
The driver will sense this
through a more pronounced thirst for cornering and more. High agility and
dynamism around the car's vertical axis stem from an AMG speciality: the drive
from the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive is not split evenly, but is biased
more to the rear in a ratio of 40:60. The Dynamic Select transmission modes Sport
and Sport+ deliver superior longitudinal agility and transverse dynamics –
specifically as a result of the perfect interplay between the AMG-specific
driving dynamics control systems ASR, ESP with Dynamic Cornering Assist, the
all-wheel drive control system 4ETS and the Adaptive Brake control system.
Extremely sporty exterior design
The standard equipment for the
GLE 450 AMG is fascinating from the first look: the special AMG body styling
includes a specific front and rear apron, a spoiler lip in the colour of the
vehicle and 53.3 cm (21-inch) AMG alloy wheels with a 5-twin-spoke design and
tyres of size 275/45 R 21 (front) and 315/40 R 21 (rear). Optionally available
are 55.9 cm (22-inch) AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels – also with mixed-size
tyres. Excellent traction levels are guaranteed here by the impressive tyres of
size 285/40 R 22 (front) and 325/35 R 22 (rear).
As standard, the vehicle comes
with the Airmatic package including an air suspension, infinitely variable
adaptive damping system (ADS Plus) and automatic level control. In Sport mode
the body is lowered by 15 millimetres and a further 10 millimetres in SPORT+
mode. The optional Active Curve System boosts sportiness even further: this
active roll stabilisation system reduces the roll angle when cornering
dynamically so that the driver experiences increased transverse dynamics and
driving enjoyment. Driving stability and safety are also increased, especially
at high speeds, guaranteeing that inimitable AMG driving feel.
AMG-typical interior elements
The interior of the GLE 450
AMG is an impressive sight with sports seats and the 3-spoke black nappa
leather sports steering wheel, as well as trim parts in light longitudinal-grain
aluminium and brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs. Sporty
round dials on the instrument cluster, including a 280 km/h speedometer scale,
exude pure dynamism even while the car is at a standstill. AMG carbon-fibre and
black piano lacquer trim enhance the appearance of the interior as an
Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz AMG / Motown India
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