Mercedes-Benz unveils new and bigger GLE

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the second-generation version of its GLE mid-size SUV.

The car is kitted out with various new pieces of technology and has also undergone an aesthetic upgrade.

Adopting Mercedes’ latest design language, the new GLE is larger than its predecessor, the idea being that this will offer more space and comfort for the driver and passengers.

The SUV will now be available as a seven-seater as well. However, even with only five seats in place, it has an improved boot space of 825 litres. In addition, the second row of seats is now electrically adjustable.

The new MBUX infotainment system has been fitted in the cabin, running on a 12.3-inch touchscreen display. There’s also a digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.

One of the most notable new technologies seen in the updated GLE is E-Active Body Control. This system controls the springs and damping forces on each of the car’s wheels, allowing the suspension to respond to body roll, pitch and squat, which in turn makes for a more comfortable driving experience.

Mercedes has also focused on improving safety with the addition of Active Tailback Assist – which takes the pressure off the driver in traffic jams – while Active Brake Assist has been given a new function that lets the car sense potential hazards when turning into junctions and autonomously react if they develop.

The GLE will initially be offered with an all-new six-cylinder 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain, producing 384bhp. Diesel and long-range hybrid options will be introduced at a later date.

All powertrains will be available with all-wheel drive, while a fully variable all-wheel-drive system comes as part of the off-road package.

The GLE will make its first public appearance at the Paris Motor Show, which takes place from October 4 to 14. The car will go on sale in Europe in early 2019, but the exact release date – as well as UK pricing and specifications – are not yet known.

Tristan Shale-Hester


September 12, 2018

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