Mercedes-Benz has finally taken the wraps off the new version of the GLE SUV. The new version of the SUV gets some new design elements and a lot of new tech and features inside. Mercedes describes the design of the GLE as the harmonious interaction between emotion and intelligence.
Starting from the front, the new GLE gets newly designed headlamps, new sharp DRLs, redesigned grille, and faux air intakes. The overall silhouette remains the same as the old GLE with similar side profile, except for the blackened C-pillar that instantly grabs attention. Complimenting it are the new sharp taillamps at the rear. The SUV also gets new wheels that are available in the sizes between 18 to 22 inches.
Mercedes-Benz has done some stretching with the GLE that has resulted in an 80 mm longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. Longer wheelbase means more legroom at the back, 69mm to be exact, and 33 mm of extra headroom. Mercedes will also offer the GLE with an option of two extra seats at the rear so it can be used as a seven-seater too.
Inside the cabin, GLE comes equipped with all the latest tech and features. It gets the latest-generation of MBUX, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system that consists of two large 12.3-inch screens as standard. Customers can also choose an optional heads-up display, that’s twice the size and 20 percent brighter than the previous version.
As of now, Mercedes has revealed details of only one engine option for the GLE that is the mild hybrid turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with 48-volt technology that produces 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The electric motor adds an extra 22 hp and 250 Nm for a short period of time. The couple will be paired with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels.
The major upgrade for the SUV is the number of safety features Mercedes has equipped it with. The new GLE comes a bunch of driver assistance features like Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Distance Assist, Active Brake Assist, and Active Blind Sport Assist with exit warning.
The GLE also has new E-Active Body Control System. It uses the 48-volt electrical system to adjust the newly-developed air suspension’s dampers at each corner individually. If you get stuck off-road, the same system raises and lowers the suspension and this changes the ground pressure of the tires and therefore, improves traction.
The new GLE will make its public debut at the Paris Auto Show in October. It will hit the showrooms of the US and Europe in early 2019 when the prices are likely to be announced. Mercedes-Benz will manufacture the SUV at their plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.