The Thai-assembled V167 Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d has just gone on sale in the Land of Smiles with a price tag of 5.19 million baht (RM712k), representing a chunky 870k baht (RM119k) reduction from its CBU counterpart introduced earlier.
However, according to the Bangkok Post, the tri-star SUV – equipped in the sole AMG Dynamic trim – is still not the most attractively priced model in its class. For starters, it now undercuts the G05 BMW X5 30d by 450k baht (RM62k), but costs over 400k baht (RM55k) more than the Audi Q7 40 TDI. The Volvo XC90 D5, on the other hand, costs 4.19 million baht (RM575k).
To quickly recap, the GLE 300d is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, making 245 hp at 4,200 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,400 rpm. It sprints from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds before maxing out at 225 km/h, and the combined fuel consumption rating is 5.1 litres per 100 km. A nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic and all-wheel drive are standard.
In Malaysia, the new GLE is currently available in the sole GLE 450 AMG Line, which is priced at RM633,888. It’s powered by the brand new M256 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six petrol engine making 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque, and the engine is augmented with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that provides 22 hp and 250 Nm of boost under hard acceleration.