Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised its best-seller in the SUV segment. Formerly known as the M-Class, the GLE has been redesigned with impressive new elements. Some of its highlights include a considerably more appealing front fascia that comes with new headlights, bumpers and grilles while the rear features redesigned LED stripes for an improved look. Depending on the trim levels, the SUV can have two different engine grilles and three different bumpers with one each reserved for its AMG versions.
Across the available engine range, fuel consumption and CO_2 emissions are reduced by 17 per cent on average compared with the predecessor model series.
The powerful GLE 500 4MATIC with direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine produces an output of 320 kW (435 hp) and a peak torque of 700 Newton meters, and combines appealing performance with the high level of refinement of these engines. The GLE 400 4MATIC is powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V6 engine with spray-guided combustion, new piezo injectors and MSI multi-spark ignition. This engine produces an output of 245kW (333 hp) and 480 Nm of torque from 1400 rpm and makes do on 8.8l/100 km or 209 g CO2/km (NEDC combined).
The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4MATIC is now stronger and more appealing than ever with an expanded model lineup and even more power. The AMG 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is even more powerful than before: in addition to the basic variant developing 410 kW (557 hp), there is also the highly sporty S-Model to choose from which is rated at 430 kW (585 hp). The chassis was completely revised to deliver even better driving dynamics and agility.
The throttle response of the engine and the shift times of the transmission are now on a new, even sportier level and thereby underscore the hallmark AMG Driving Performance. With the characteristic AMG family face featuring “A-wing” and twin-blade radiator grille, the power SUV also has a more dynamic appearance than before.
The GLE-Class also gets two new steering wheel designs, one of which is reserved for the AMG versions, while, new material colours and trims are available options to contribute to a more upscale atmosphere. Other stylish features include an 8-inch higher resolution colour screen, COMAND hard-drive navigation, hands-free Bluetooth interface, Harman/Kardon Logic7 sound system and a new touchpad controller that can be used in connection with the regular controller for the COMAND infotainment system.
The best strategy for efficient driving has always been anticipatory driving without unnecessary braking and accelerating. The GLE-Class can be trusted for best on-road and off-road handling, outstanding spaciousness and high levels of active and passive safety. The extensive safety functions range from collision prevention assist to blind spot systems, attention assist, lane keeping assist, adaptive brake technology, electronic stability programs, rain sensing wipers amongst others.
The intelligent drive system management aids the driver with specific control strategies in adopting the most efficient driving style. The GLE exclusively impresses with ground-breaking assistance systems, the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and the innovative Dynamic Select dynamic handling control system, which offers a variety of drive and off-road programs already in basic specification.
The unmistakable design with the hallmark C-pillar and the variable interior with the wellness factor of a luxurious saloon model enrich the Mercedes-Benz GLE experience additionally. Often copied, rarely equalled – the M-Class established the segment of premium SUVs in 1997 and since then has been one of the most successful models in the world.
Weststar Associates is the authorised representative of Mercedes in Nigeria, and according to officials of the company, available options at their showroom “include the GLE 400 4MATIC and the GLE Coupe with remarkable after sales and maintenance services at all authorised workshops.”