Whenever the name Mercedes Benz is mentioned two thing comes to mind, MONEY and LUXURY and that’s exactly what Daimler had in mind when they built the all new Mercedes Benz GLE Class former known as the M-Class. Mercedes has cemented itself as the Pacesetter when it comes to luxury midsize cars. Mercedes-Benz officially officially revealed the car this week ahead of the SUV’s Paris Motor Show public debut. It’ll be offered in GLE350, GLE350 4Matic and GLE450 4Matic models — with subsequent AMG variants to follow suit.
Under the Hood
The GLE350 uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, good for 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Both rear and all-wheel drive (AWD) versions will use Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission, and should sprint effortlessly from a zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.0 and 7.1 seconds, respectively. That’s quite powerful.
Move up to the GLE450 4Matic and you’ll get a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 engine with Mercedes’ mild-hybrid EQ Boost technology. This is essentially the same engine as what’s used in the new, with 362 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque and an additional 21 horsepower of assist from the EQ Boost starter-generator. The added power pays dividends on performance, Mercedes estimating a 5.5-second 0 to 60 sprint for the GLE450.
Infotainment and Tech
In the official press conference Mercedes says the GLE comes fully equipped with “free-driving mode,” which aids in off-road driving. Should the GLE get stuck in sand, “the powerful suspension level is quickly and automatically raised and lowered several times, which will make the GLE then rocks itself free.” The tech onslaught continues inside, where Mercedes’ new MBUX interface handles everything infotainment, housed in a pair of large 12.3-inch displays. MBUX can be controlled via voice control as well as touch, and commands can be dictated with natural speech, simply by saying, “Hey Mercedes.”
Official pricing and EPA data won’t be available until the GLE launches next year, but we expect it to start in the low-to-mid $50,000 (N18 Million) range.