Mercedes-Benz has announced prices for the GLE-Class–the vehicle that replaces the ML-Class–and the GLE Coupe variant that shares the same platform and powertrains.
Pricing starts at $63,200 for the diesel-powered GLE 350d 4MATIC (3.0L turbodiesel V6, 258 hp/457 lb-ft), and goes up nominally to $63,800 for the entry-level gasoline model, called the GLE 400 4MATIC (3.0L twin-turbo V6, 333 hp/354 lb-ft). The V8-powered GLE 550 4MATIC (4.6L twin-turbo V8, 435 hp/516 lb-ft) goes for $81,100, and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC (5.5L twin-turbo V8, 561 hp/585 lb-ft) breaks well into six-figure territory, at $113,700.
On the GLE Coupe side of the leger, the tally starts with the $72,300 GLE 350d 4MATIC Coupe, and from there goes up to $77,600 for the GLE 450 Sport 4MATIC, and tops out at $116,500 for the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC. All three models share their engines with the proper GLE, but the 450 gets an uprated version of the 400’s turbo V6 tuned for 367 hp and 384 lb-ft.
The GLE 350d and 400’s prices make them $1,000 than their respective successors in the M-Class line, while the GLE 550 is nearly two grand more dear. The AMG 63 is nearly $10,000 more than the equivalent outgoing ML model.
GLE Coupe cross-shopping will happen with the BMW X6, which starts out less expensive at $68,390, but with a turbocharged, gasoline-fueled six-cylinder (there is no diesel X6); the GLE 450 Coupe splits the difference between the X5 xDrive 30i and the $83,190 xDrive 50i model.
BMW’s X5M and X6M models look like bargain at $105,900 and $108,200, respectively. Benz’s GLE pricing undercuts that of the Porsche Cayenne by significant margins, especially when comparing the more powerful variants of each brand’s crossovers. Audi hasn’t announced pricing yet for its redesigned 2016 Q7.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and GLE Coupe are expected to reach dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year. Head over here to read Jacob Black’s first drive of the newest Benz crossovers.