The tech-laden GLE looks even better in the metal.
We've seen all the images and read all the technical specs and finally, the next-generation Mercedes GLE has made its world premiere at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. In one of the most competitive segments around it is no surprise that Mercedes has chosen an evolutionary rather than revolutionary styling approach. Happily the new mid-range SUV manages to look both familiar and fresh at the same time.
That is something that should please existing customers and hopefully pull in shoppers that may be gravitating towards refreshed rivals like the new BMW X5. Those smoothed-off sides and flowing lines make the GLE look smaller than its predecessor yet it is actually slightly larger and offers more interior space thanks in part to a longer wheelbase.
Ride comfort has also been improved thanks to a fully networked hydropneumatic, active air suspension using a 48-volt system. The interior is also totally revised and comes packed with all the latest convenience and luxury features you would expect of a premium model such as this.
Technological innovation is one area where the new GLE is clearly taking some big steps forward and the 4Matic AWD system is now also able to transfer 100 percent of the engines torque output between axles. Combined with the optional off-road package which offers both a high and low range setting, the GLE is more capable off the beaten path than ever before.
Enhanced economy has also been a top priority and that slippery new shape gives the GLE a drag coefficient of 0.29, the best in its class.
A new range of engines will also be making their debut in the GLE. US customers will initially be able to choose between the GLE350, which is equipped with a turbocharged 255 horsepower 2.0-liter motor, and the 362-hp six-cylinder GLE450 that incorporates a mild hybrid system offering both a power and economy boost. AMG variants as well as other hybrid models are slated for release in due course.