Mercedes-Benz GLE (2019–)

Model History

September 2018

Mercedes-Benz GLE launched

The new GLE has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor (2,995 millimetres, plus 80 mm). This creates more space, especially for passengers in the rear. Legroom in the second seat row has increased by 69 millimetres to 1045 millimetres.

Headroom in the rear with the standard, fixed rear seat unit and 40:20:40 backrest division has increased by 33 millimetres to 1025 millimetres. And because the A-pillar is more upright than before, spaciousness and entry comfort in the first row has been further improved.

The luggage capacity is up to 825 litres behind the rear seats, and up to 2055 litres when the second seat row is folded down. A 72 mm increase in through-loading width allows bulky items to be stowed more easily. Useful holders and protective elements have been specially developed as accessories for practical stowage of recreational equipment in the interior. In conjunction with Airmatic air suspension, the vehicle’s rear can be lowered by around 40 millimetres using a switch, for easier loading and unloading.

Even more flexibility is possible with the optional, folding third seat row, which provides two extra seats. Thanks to the Easy Entry function of the fully electrically adjustable second seat row, the two rearmost passengers can conveniently reach their seats.

The GLE is equipped with the latest generation of the multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience. Improvements versus the A-Class, in which this revolutionary system had its debut, include two large 12.3-inch/31.2 cm screens as standard, which are arranged next to each other for an impressive widescreen look. The information on the instrument cluster and media display is easily legible on the large, high-resolution screens.

A unique feature of MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience is its learning capability thanks to artificial intelligence. With its predictive functions, MBUX can anticipate what the user would like next. For instance, anyone who often telephones their mother on Tuesdays during the journey home will receive her telephone number as a suggestion in the display on this day of the week. Anyone who regularly switches over to a radio station with news at a certain time also receives this as a suggestion.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE will be launched with the new in-line six-cylinder petrol engine, and other engines including diesels and a plug-in hybrid will follow.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC as the first petrol model is powered by a six-cylinder engine systematically electrified with 48-volt technology (combined fuel consumption: 9.6 – 8.3 l/100 km (up to 34 mpg); combined CO 2 emissions: 220 – 190 g/km), and is available on market launch.

Its performance data - 367PS and 500Nm of torque, with a further 250Nm of torque and 22PS available via EQ Boost over short periods. The integrated starter/alternator (ISG) is responsible for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost or energy recuperation, while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology.

In all variants of the new GLE, power is transmitted by the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.

Trailer Manoeuvring Assist is new at Mercedes-Benz and optionally available for the GLE in Europe. It particularly makes reversing manoeuvres easier for inexperienced trailer users. Trailer Manoeuvring Assist controls the steering angle of the towing vehicle automatically at a limited speed of up to 5 km/h (3 mph). An articulation angle sensor in the ball-neck of the trailer coupling supplies the necessary information.

October 2018

GLE prices announced

Prices start from £55,685 for the GLE 300 d 4MATIC and from £62,300 for the GLE 450 4MATIC.

The new GLE features a seven-seat configuration for the first time, the latest generation of the MBUX multimedia system, two 12.3-inch display screens, MBUX Interior Assistant, Nappa Leather, Blind Spot Assist and AIRMATIC (standard 450 4MATIC).

The GLE 300 d 4MATIC features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 245PS and 500Nm of torque. It can travel from 0 to 62mph in 7.2 seconds and has a top speed of 140mph. It can achieve 46.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits 162g/km of CO 2 (depending on wheel size).

The GLE 450 4MATIC is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with EQ Boost, which has an output of 367PS and 500Nm of torque. EQ Boost uses a 48-volt onboard network with a belt-driven starter/alternator – the system adds 22PS to the car’s overall output. It can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. It delivers up to 33.6mpg on the combined cycle and emits 191g/km of CO 2 (depending on wheel size).

The Off-Road package can be added to the GLE 450 4MATIC for £1,695 and comes with the Off-Road engineering package which includes additional off-road driving modes and downhill speed regulation; and underbody protection which provides an underguard for the engine, together with reinforced underfloor panelling the full length of the vehicle.

CO 2

mpg

OTR price (£)

P11D (£)

Road fund licence (£)

BIK tax rate (%)

GLE 300 d 4MATIC

162

46.3

55,685

54,800

830

37

GLE 450 4MATIC

191

33.6

62,300

61,005

1,240

37

December 2018

GLE 350 d and 400 d announced

Two new diesel engines have been added to the GLE range: 350 d 4MATIC (£61,955 OTR) and 400 d 4MATIC (£64,230 OTR).

The GLE 350 d 4MATIC and GLE 400 d 4MATIC are powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder diesel engine, with an output of 272PS and 600 Nm of torque in the GLE 350 d and 330PS and 700 Nm in the GLE 400 d. They are both capable of delivering up to 40.4 mpg on the combined cycle and emit 184 g/km of CO2 (depending on wheel size).

The GLE 350 d 4MATIC can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph, while the GLE 400 d 4MATIC can sprint to 62 mph from standstill in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 149 mph.

The GLE 350 d 4MATIC and GLE 400 d 4MATIC come as standard with MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation; AIRMATIC air suspension system; 12.3-inch widescreen cockpit display and 12.3-inch touchscreen media display; blind spot assist; 20-inch five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels; illuminated grab handles and running boards; seven-seat equipment line including electrically adjustable rear seats, additional USB ports, automatic four-zone climate control, and a third row of two seats (manually folding); static LED headlights with active high beam assist; privacy glass; mirror package including logo projection; heated front seats; and parking package including active parking assist.

There are a number of option packages available. The Premium package costs £1,995 and comes with Multibeam LEDs with adaptive high beam assist plus; memory package; wireless charging; and parking package including 360o camera.

The Premium Plus package is available for £4,295 and adds Burmester surround sound system; Energizing package including Energizing comfort programs and AIR-BALANCE package for fragrancing and filtering of interior air; Keyless-Go Comfort package including Keyless-Go access and drive authorisation system, hands-free access and remote boot closing; and Panoramic glass sunroof.

The Tech package can be added for £495 and includes augmented navigation and smartphone integration. The £1,495 Tech Plus package adds MBUX Interior Assistant which allows intuitive, natural operation of different comfort and MBUX functions by movement recognition; and head-up display.

The Towing package – only available in conjunction with the Premium and Premium Plus packages – costs £1,150 and includes Hitchtronic which provides a parking assistance system for trailers; trailer coupling with electronic stability control; and increased towing capacity of 3,500kg.

The Off-Road package can be added for £1,695 and comes with the Off-Road engineering package which includes additional off-road driving modes and downhill speed regulation; and underbody protection which provides an underguard for the engine, together with reinforced underfloor panelling the full length of the vehicle.

The Driving Assistance package is available for £1,695 and comprises Blind Spot Assist; Lane Keeping Assist; Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC; and Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system.

September 2019

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de plug-in hybrid announced

Combining a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with a 100kW electric motor and a 31.2kWh battery, the GLE 350 de can cover more than 62 miles under electric power, says Mercedes-Benz. As such, it'll officially emit 29g/km CO2, and can return an official 256.8mpg.

The GLE 350 de uses a special rear end design and a modified rear axle to create space for the large battery. The extended electric range compared with other plug-in hybrids creates a more rewarding driving experience, claims the brand, while the car be rapid charged en route. A combined charging socket offers AC and DC charging, the latter taking just 20 minutes to top up from 10 per cent to 80 per cent charge.

A combined system output of 320PS and 700Nm of torque takes the GLE 350 de to 62mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 130mph (99mph under electric power). High levels of recuperation means drivers can resort to one-pedal driving, while the plug-in hybrid GLE has a towing capacity of up to 3500kg.

November 2019

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S revealed

Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo petrol engine producing 612PS and 850Nm of torque along with a 22PS 48-volt on-board electric system, the GLE 63 S will reach 62mph in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 174mph.

UK prices and specifications will follow ahead of the GLE 63 S going on sale in 2020.

January 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de plug-in hybrid priced from £61,360

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de plug-in hybrid has now been added to the GLE SUV line-up, with prices starting from £61,360 for the AMG Line equipment line. AMG Line Premium will cost £64,860, and AMG Line Premium Plus is available from £68,360.

The GLE 350 de features a 2.0-litre diesel engine which generates 194PS and 400Nm, paired with a 31.2kWh battery which adds an additional 136PS and 440Nm to the car’s overall output. The GLE 350 de has an all-electric range of 66 miles (NEDC), meaning it can achieve up to 256.8mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 29g/km of CO2.

A 7.4 kW combined on-board charger comes as standard, allowing the battery to charge from 10 to 100 per cent in 3.25 hours.

AMG Line models come as standard with 20-inch alloy wheels; Adaptive Highbeam Assist; LED high performance headlights; DAB digital radio; heated front seats; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; MBUX multimedia system; 12.3-inch digital cockpit display; Traffic Sign Assist; and wireless charging.

AMG Line Premium, which costs £64,860, adds Multibeam LED headlights; Memory package, including electrically adjustable front seats and steering wheel; Parking package with 360° camera; and MBUX augmented reality for navigation.

For an extra £3500, range-topping AMG Line Premium Plus models come with Keyless-Go Comfort package, including keyless entry; panoramic glass sunroof; Air-Balance package; Energising package; and Burmester surround sound system.

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

Contract hire from £281.74 per month