Mercedes-Benz GLE (2015–2019)

Model History

March 2015

Mercedes unveils GLE

The GLE is the new name for the previous M-Class. Across the available engine range, fuel consumption and emissions are reduced by 17 per cent on average compared with the predecessor model series.

The 204PS four-cylinder diesel model GLE 250 d offers superior performance with an all-time low fuel consumption for this class of vehicles. It is the world's first production full-size SUV with conventional drive that emits just 140g/km of CO2 with 52.3 mpg.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e 4MATIC has CO2 emissions of just 78g/km (85.6 mpg). With a power consumption of 16.7 kWh/62 miles, the GLE 500e 4MATIC is capable of up to 18.5 miles of all-electric driving. Same plug-in hybrid system as S500e with 3.0-litre 333PS V6 turbo petrol engine and an electric motor. Combined output 442PS and 650Nm torque giving a 0-60 of just over 5 seconds.

In addition to the equally efficient and powerful four-cylinder diesel engine for the GLE 250 d and GLE 250 d 4MATIC models with an output of 204PS, the proven V6 diesel engine producing 258PS of power and a hefty torque of 620Nm is available in the GLE 350 d 4MATIC.

With the start of the new GLE generation, all diesel models will be equipped with the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard, for the first time also with the optionally available off-road reduction gear and inter-axle differential lock.

Following the introduction of the new naming logic, the successor of the successful Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG is now called the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC. The AMG 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is even more powerful than before: the highly sporty S-Model is rated at 585PS. The chassis was completely revised to deliver even better driving dynamics and agility.

The DYNAMIC SELECT dynamic handling control system of the new GLE offers up to six drive programmes. In addition to the established settings INDIVIDUAL, COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT, in the 4MATIC models the driver can choose the additional OFFROAD setting for mild terrain with the DYNAMIC SELECT controller on the centre console. If the GLE model is equipped with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, the OFFROAD+ setting is available.

In this setting, the off-road reduction gear and a 100% inter-axle differential lock come into play to generate high traction even in challenging terrain. This is further boosted by the expanded functions of the AIRMATIC air suspension with raised ride heights for a ground clearance of up to 285 millimetres and a fording depth of 600 millimetres. The reinforced underfloor panelling of this equipment variant protects important components against not so gentle contact with the ground.

The extensive range of standard equipment of the new GLE is based on the predecessor model, enhanced with new assistance systems such as Crosswind Assist and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. ECO start/stop function, the DYNAMIC SELECT controller on the centre console, the revised multifunction steering wheel as well as the Audio 20 CD infotainment system with 7-inch display andcommunications module for the use of Mercedes connect me servicesare also part of the standard delivery scope.

Freely combinable packages lend the GLE additional appeal. With the AMG Line exterior, the GLE has an even more dynamic and athletic appearance. The package comprises, among other things, special front and rear bumpers in the distinctive AMG styling and 50.8-cm (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels. Those who like things even more exclusive can combine this feature with the Night package, which features a high-gloss black radiator grille louvre and exterior mirror housings, for example. The line-up of options is rounded out by high-sheen black 50.8-cm (20‑inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

The AMG Line interior transfers the sporty appearance to the interior with sports seats with ARTICO man-made leather upholstery (optional nappa leather), a black nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel, an instrument cluster with distinct dial in chequered-flag design and brushed stainless-steel sports pedals with rubber studs.

What does a Mercedes-Benz GLE (2015 – 2019) cost?

Contract hire from £281.74 per month