Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s premium SUV offering is comprised of three key models – the GLC 250, GLE and GLE Coupe; all three of which were simultaneously introduced over an epic carnivalesque event held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC).

Let’s start with the GLC. The GLC 250 4MATIC is an SUV based on the W205 C-Class and is available in one trim only. It’s powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as the C-Class, tuned to produce 211 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm. All that power is transferred to all four wheels via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. As such, it will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and will top out at 250 km/h. Pricing for this really well-kitted SUV is RM328,888 OTR without insurance. 2016 Mercedes-Benz Premium SUV Launch - AutoBuzz.my

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Name Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz GLE 250d 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe 400 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe 450 AMG 4MATIC
Engine 1,991cc; inline-4 turbo 2,143cc; inline-4 turbo 2,996cc; turbocharged V6
Transmission 9G-Tronic auto 7G-Tronic auto 9G-Tronic auto
Max Power 211 hp @ 5,500 rpm 204 hp @ 3,800 rpm 333 hp @ 5,250 rpm 367 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Max Torque 350 Nm @ 1,200 – 4,000 rpm 500 Nm @ 1,600 rpm 480 Nm @ 1,600 520 Nm @ 1,800 rpm
0 to 100 km/h; Top Speed 7.3 seconds; 250 km/h 8.6 seconds; 212 km/h 6.1 seconds; 247 km/h 5.9 seconds; 247 km/h 5.7 seconds; 250 km/h
Price RM328,888 RM468,888 RM568,888 RM630,888 RM699,888

If the GLC isn’t the car for you, then there’s the GLE range, offered in two body types – a regular full-sized SUV or the Coupe. The former comes in two flavours – a 2.1-litre turbodiesel (204 hp and 500 Nm) and a more potent 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 (333 hp and 480 Nm). However, the diesel variant settles for a seven-speed 7G-Tronic gearbox instead of the 9G-Tronic box used in the V6 variant, though they both remain all-wheel driven.

But if you want more style with all that Germanic substance, the GLE eagerly awaits at the top of the premium SUV range. Offered with one V6 engine (but two state of tunes) only, the GLE Coupe 400 is no slouch, chucking 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque onto the road through a nine-speed gearbox. This variant will set you back at RM630,888.2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Launch - AutoBuzz.my

The same 3.0-litre V6 is also shared with the hotter GLE Coupe 450 AMG, but here it’s uprated to make 367 hp and 520 Nm of torque, allowing it to blitz through the century sprint in just 5.7 seconds. It sits on a set of ridiculously huge 22-inch wheels and gets a host of go-faster AMG trimmings.

If you’re wondering why the Mercedes-Benz GLA isn’t in the list, that’s because Mercedes-Benz Malaysia chose to keep the model within their compact car portfolio that’s complemented by the A-Class and CLA as well.2016 Mercedes-Benz Premium SUV Launch - AutoBuzz.my

Read our full report of the GLC, GLE and GLE Coupe to find out just how well-equipped these SUVs are. Also, be sure to watch our video to see what Mark Raine, MBM’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Passenger Cars has to say about the company’s latest lineup.


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Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz GLE 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe 4MATIC


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Matthew H. Tong
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