2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de diesel PHEV launched in Thailand

CY Foong · Mar 13, 2021 11:00 AM

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You might have heard of petrol-hybrid vehicles, but a diesel-hybrid? Well, since the oil-burner isn’t that popular here, we will miss out on this 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de that was just launched in Thailand.

Mercedes-Benz Thailand offers various models with diesel engines in the Kingdom, but this is the first diesel plug-in hybrid model offered by the three-pointed star over there.

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Available in only a single variant called, deep breath, Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de 4Matic Exclusive, the diesel hybrid SUV is the second diesel-powered GLE model that’s offered in Thailand after the Mercedes-Benz GLE 300d 4Matic AMG Dynamic.

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The plug-in diesel hybrid SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine that is paired with an electric motor. This gives a combined output of 320 PS and 700 Nm.

That engine is mated to a 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and acceleration to 100 km/h from rest is quoted at 6.8 seconds.

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Since this is sporting an Exclusive trim instead of the AMG styling pack, the GLE 350de looks more on the elegant side, featuring LED headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels.

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Inside, the Thai-spec GLE 350de continues the elegant presence with two 12.3-inch high-resolution digital widescreen cockpit displays that can be customised to suit the driver and a Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch control buttons.

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For those who want to play with the SUV’s practicality, the second-row seats can be adjusted and folded electrically in various ways to take advantage of the wide space.

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Safety-wise, the GLE 350de is equipped with Active Brake Assist and Blind-Spot Assist. The latter can detect both cars and motorcycles that appear in the blind-spot for a safer lane change.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de 4Matic Exclusive is available in Thailand at THB 4,699,000. In Malaysia, the fully-imported from USA (CBU) GLE is only available in one variant, the GLE 450 4Matic AMG Line which starts from RM 584,720.

Also read: Malaysia to launch CKD 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, GLA, GLE - 5 new CKD models coming

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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