The new GLE: The top 10 highlights at a glance

The SUV trendsetter is full of innovations:

Intelligent suspension

The active E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension is combined with the AIRMATIC air suspension system. This is the only system in the market that can individually control spring and damping forces at each wheel. Together with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the curve inclination function CURVE, E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL makes a quite exceptional level of comfort possible. And rocking mode can help to extricate the GLE from difficult off-road situations.

Three-litre diesel engine with Euro 62d and RDE level 2

The OM 656 six-cylinder diesel engine comes with 243 kW (330 hp) and 700 Nm of torque in the GLE 400 d 4MATIC (combined fuel consumption: 7.5-7.0 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 199-184 g/km)¹, while in the GLE 350 d 4MATIC it boasts an output of 200 kW (272 hp) and 600 Nm of torque (combined fuel consumption: 7.5-6.9 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 198-184 g/km)¹. It is particularly clean, too: Thanks to its enhanced exhaust aftertreatment with an additional underfloor SCR catalyst, this is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be certified to the Euro 62 d standard incl. RDE level 2, which will not become mandatory for new models until 1/1/2020.

Electrified with 48-volt technology

The first petrol model powered by a six-cylinder engine systematically electrified with 48-volt technology is the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4MATIC (combined fuel consumption: 9.4–8 .3 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 214–190 g/km)² will be available at the market launch. Its performance data: 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available via EQ Boost over short periods.

A new control experience

MBUX is a user experience revolution in the car regarding 3D graphics, intuitive operation including via touchscreen and "Hey Mercedes" voice-operated control, the ability to learn as well as functions such as MBUX Augmented Reality. Standard equipment in the GLE, with two large 12.3-inch/31.2 cm screens arranged next to each other for a sublime widescreen look.

Space for all

the new GLE will carry up to seven occupants in comfort. Its 80 mm longer wheelbase of almost three metres (2995 mm) particularly benefits rear seat passengers, who now have well over one metre of legroom. This is where the new GLE also has a first in the SUV market to offer an option: a fully adjustable second seat row. A third seat row is optionally available, to comfortably accommodate two additional passengers.

Slips through the air

The lowest drag coefficient of any SUV in the market – that was the development goal for the new GLE. This was achieved with Cd figures starting at 0.29 – a significant improvement over the preceding model (Cd = 0.32).

Clever in tailbacks

The new GLE is the debut of the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems. The level of active safety has not only been improved further compared to the preceding model - some Intelligent Drive functions, such as Active Stop-and-Go Assist, are also without parallel beyond the SUV segment.

Feelgood factor

ENERGIZING comfort control networks various comfort systems in the vehicle, and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massage modes for a wide range of feel-good programmes. New features are the ENERGIZING COACH, which recommends programmes according to the given driving situation, and ENERGIZING seat kinetics that move the seat.

Confident on any terrain

A fully variable all-wheel-drive system (torque on demand) is being offered for the first time for vehicles with six- and eight-cylinder engines. This makes the GLE even more agile and safe on the road. With the optional Offroad package, likewise fully variable all-wheel drive with a low and high range is available as a world first. This makes the GLE more off-road capable than ever.

Trailer control

Trailer Manoeuvring Assist makes manoeuvring with a trailer easy even for the inexperienced. It controls the steering angle of the towing vehicle automatically. The GLE is able to tow a maximum of 3500 kg.

Image Gallery: The new Mercedes-Benz GLE

¹ Figures for fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions are provisional and were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test method and correlated into NEDC figures. EC type approval and certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.

² The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO₂ figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. Further information on the vehicles on offer, including the WLTP values, can be found for each country at

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