The new Mercedes GLE 4x4 SUV is a key part of Mercedes-Benz’s new range of luxury models, formerly known as the M-Class range. With a refreshed, sophisticated design and plenty of engine options, the GLE SUV deserves its spot among the most popular of all Mercedes models on the UK market, competing favourably with other large SUVs such as the Range Rover Sport and the BMW X5.
In addition to the 2.1 Litre GLE 250d and 3.0 Litre GLE 350d diesel powertrains, there is also a twin-turbo 5.5 Litre V8 petrol model, the Mercedes GLE 63 AMG. Plus, for the first time in its class, Mercedes have introduced a hybrid SUV in the form of the outstandingly efficient GLE 500e petrol hybrid, which delivers a total of 650Nm of torque though the combination of a 300hp petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor. The diesel models include a nine-speed, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard, while the GLE 500e and GLE 63 AMG are combined with an automatic gearbox all designed to perfectly match their engines’ capabilities and provide maximum performance and efficiency.
At first glance, the 2018 Mercedes GLE’s exterior appears well-built and muscular, yet stylish features such as the wraparound headlights, streamlined bodywork and M-Class grille, lighten an otherwise imposing form. Overall, the GLE SUV gives the impression of a solid, premium four-wheel drive car that will attract admiring looks from passers-by, and is built to last for many years. All models include reduced resistance tyres, with 19 to 21 inch alloy wheels, depending on the version selected. The interior of the new Mercedes GLE 4x4 will be reassuringly familiar to anyone who currently owns a Mercedes, with high quality materials and upholstery used throughout the cabin, and a wide range of interior colours to choose from. Certain models can also be upgraded to the AMG Line specification, which includes added touches of luxury, such as a leather multi-function sports steering wheel and premium two-tone Nappa leather seats.
The 2018 GLE 4x4 comes with a range of innovative technology features, which greatly enhance the convenience and enjoyment of owning this luxury SUV. For example, Mercedes’ new Remote Online services allow you to connect with your car from anywhere, checking its fuel levels, tyre pressure and mileage via your smartphone. The system can even locate your car remotely, in case you can’t remember where you parked it. Other useful technologies included as standard in the Mercedes GLE range include automatic climate control, Active Park Assist and keyless starting function.
When it comes to safety, the Mercedes GLE also delivers a wide range of features to enhance the safety of all occupants and other road users. The Adaptive Highbeam Assist headlights increase the car’s visibility from a distance, reducing the chance of a collision, while the built-in fast response safety system includes ten airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, Crosswind detection, and the new Collision Prevention Assist Plus which provides autonomous partial braking and acoustic warnings in the event of a potential collision. The top of the range GLE 63 AMG also comes with the Active Curve System, which automatically augments the car’s traction at high speeds, providing a thrilling yet safer experience when driving around bends and off-road.
All versions of the Mercedes GLE SUV use the intelligent 4MATIC all-wheel drive system to monitor the traction and road conditions, and continuously adjust the torque to each wheel, ensuring every drive is as smooth and secure as possible.
Prices for the new Mercedes GLE 4x4 start at just under £50k for the 250d 4MATIC in Sport spec, up to around £95,000 for the mighty Mercedes-AMG 63 S 4MATIC model.
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