The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE 2019 has officially been unveiled in the UK, revealing a number of upgrades from its exterior, interior and its trim options - aesthetically the car has changed inside and out.
Its exterior is more muscular and dominant than previous iterations, giving it a more rugged design. A new upright radiator grille with an octagonal design and the prominent, chrome-plated underguard and two bonnet lines give it a strong presence. New high beam ultra range LED headlights have also been fitted to the car as standard. Its design is not also just a welcome refresh, but it is also functional and aerodynamically efficient. Mercedes claims that the car has a drag coefficient of 0.29, which is the best in its segment and an improvement from the previous generation model (0.32).
Inside the car, the GLE is larger than its predecessor, due to its considerable longer wheelbase, which offers an extra room for passengers inside the vehicle. As a result legroom in the rear has said to have grown by 69mm. The luggage capacity is up to 825 litres behind the rear seats, and up to 2,055 improves when the second seat row is folded down. There is also now an optional third row of seating which can be specified taking the new GLE from a five-seater to a seven-seater with all seats electrically powered unlike most rivals.
Its interior has also been modernised through MBUX and benefits an S-Class level of styling. This introduces two large 12.3-inch screens to display driver and infotainment information. Further to this gesture control has been added and what is more can different Mercedes has also introduced its ‘ENERGIZING comfort control’ which networks various comfort systems in the vehicle, and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massage modes. With a variety of optional packs available and competitively priced the 'Premium PAck' will surely be a most and, if you regualrly tow a trailer or simialr the new HITCHTRONIC function will ACTIVE PARK ASSIST but fir trailers.
Powering the car from launch is a new in-line six-cylinder petrol engine, with other engines including diesels and a plug-in hybrid will follow in the proceeding months, with some of the cleanest engines ever produced by the manufacturer taxation for private owners (VED) and company cars drivers (BIK) will be lower. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC comes with a 48V motor which produces 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque with a further 250 Nm of torque and 22 hp available via EQ Boost over short periods. The 48V motor not only supplies additional power when it needed can also be used to power the air conditioning and other features.
Power is transmitted on all variants of the car with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive can be specified with six and eight-cylinder engines and the plug-in hybrid. It also comes with a fully networked hydropneumatic, active suspension on a 48-volt system where spring and damping can be individually controlled at each wheel. A number of driver assistance systems have also been incorporated into the car which improve safety and comfort for vehicle occupants. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, and Active Steering Assist come with the new car and can improve the car’s control on the roads.
The GLE will be on sales release in October of 2018 with vehicles arriving in showrooms towards March 2019.