Mercedes-Benz has revealed the fourth-generation of its popular GLE large SUV, which will rival the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 upon its launch in 2019.
The new GLE looks a lot like its predecessor, but with more modern styling elements. It retains the signature rear window and C-pillar design, but gets a new X-Class-esque front end and LED headlights and taillights. It is also slipperier through the air, with a drag coefficient of 0.29.
Dimensionally, it is 80mm longer and 20mm wider thanks to a larger 2995mm wheelbase. This allows for the option of a third row for the first time in GLE history, and also grows second row legroom by 69mm and headroom by 33mm. Boot space has also grown to 825 litres, which expands to 2055L with the second and third rows folded down.
Inside, the GLE looks pretty similar to the A-Class and EQC. It uses the same MBUX infotainment system as the aforementioned models, with two touchscreens and cool features including the ‘Hey Mercedes’ AI assistant and machine learning. It has been updated to suit the GLE, with new off-road displays showing angles, power distribution and other metrics. A head-up display is also available.
A number of petrol and diesel powertrains will be offered, but only one has been detailed today: the GLE450 4Matic. It is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline-six producing 270kW of power and 500Nm of torque – it’s attached to a 48V ‘EQ Boost’ mild hybrid system, which can add 16kW of power and 250Nm of torque when required.
Safety wise, the new GLE gets everything but the kitchen sink, including autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, Active Distance Assist Distronic (which detects stop and go traffic on the map and slows down) as well as the optional E-Active Body Control System, which uses the 48V system to adjust the height of each wheel’s air suspension at each corner to improve traction and handling.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE will make its public debut at the Paris motor show next month, with an Australian launch occuring in the second quarter of 2019.