The Mercedes-Benz GLE not only meets the highest demands in terms of safety, comfort, agility, and design, but also shows significant improvements regarding the examined environmental aspects over the entire lifecycle compared to the predecessor.
Life Cycle Assessment
Thanks to its higher efficiency in the use phase compared to the GLE 500 4MATIC (Combined fuel consumption (petrol) 10.6–10.4 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 247–243 g/km*), the new GLE 500 e 4MATIC (hydro power, combined fuel consumption (petrol) 3.7–3.3 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 84–78 g/km*) produces however over the whole lifecycle, 58 percent (approximately 50 tons; electricity from hydro power ) lower CO₂-emissions than those of its predecessor. Regarding the NOx-emissions they could be reduced by 36 percent (approximately 26 kilograms; electricity from hydro power ) compared to the GLE 500 4MATIC.
 Status environmental certificate/certificated values: 2015
In comparison with the GLE 500 4MATIC the new GLE 500 e 4MATIC reveals several differences in the material mix.
Due to lightweight construction measures in the areas of body shell and chassis, the new GLE 500 e 4MATIC has an approximately 3 percent lower steel content, while the proportion of light alloys increases by around 2 percent.
Secondary and renewable raw materials
In the base variant of the GLE, a total of 37 components with an overall weight of 37.1 kilograms can be manufactured partly from high-quality recycled plastics. Thus, the weight of secondary raw material components could be increased significantly around 29 percent compared to the previous model.
Typical areas of use are wheel arch linings, cable ducts and underbody panels, which consist for the most part of polypropylene. For the front wheel arch linings of the GLE, for example, a recyclate is used that is composed of reprocessed vehicle components: these comprise starter battery casings, bumper covers from the Mercedes-Benz recycling system, and process waste from cockpit production.
In automotive production, the use of renewable raw materials is concentrated primarily in the vehicle interior. Established natural materials such as flax and cellulose fibres, wool, cotton and natural rubber are also used, of course, in series production of the GLE.
In the base variant of the new GLE, a total of 15 components with an overall weight of 13.1 kilograms are made using natural materials. The total weight of components manufactured with the use of renewable raw materials has thus increased by 153 percent compared with the preceding model.
Allergy-tested car cabin
The current GLE has also been awarded the Seal of Quality from the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF).
The ECARF Seal of Quality is used by ECARF to designate products that have been scientifically tested and proven to be suitable for allergy sufferers.