Jose Altoveros / Mercedes-Benz | September 12, 2018 15:37
All new Mercedes-Benz GLE 'sets a new standard' for aerodynamics in SUVs
After releasing numerous teasers photos and videos, Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the 2019 GLE. The new GLE will once again slot in between the GLC and the GLS, and directly replace the previous-generation model. At the same time, the fourth-gen GLE brings with a host of new tech coupled with a sleeker new look that is in line with the brand's current design language.
Overall, the 2019 GLE has taken on a more rounder shape with smoother lines and noticably less scuplting all throughout. Up front, there's a fresh new face that is paired with a more pronounced grill. It is then flanked by a new pair of squared LED headlights.
Moving along the side, there is only a simple character line showing off its smoother body. At the rear, there's still the trapezoid shaped exhaust below, but there is a pair of new sleeker taillights which have been mounted higher up. Noticeably, there is also black body cladding on the fenders, giving it a more rugged look.
Thanks to the redesign, Mercedes says the GLE only has a drag coefficient of 0.29. Aside from it being more aerodynamic, the SUV has also grown in size thanks to an 80mm increase in wheelbase. It translates to an extra 69mm of rear legroom and 33mm more headroom. Buyers can also have an optional thrid row seat to turn it into a 7-seater.
Inside, the cabin now looks at par with the current Mercedes-Benz models. It is fitted with MBUX infotainment system that features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster right beside an infotainment screen of the same size, updating the GLE's interior to a more modern time.
As of writing, Mercedes has only introduced one variant called the GLE 450 4Matic. It comes with a 3.0-liter mild-hybrid turbocharged inline-six engine which produces 362 PS and 500 Nm of torque. The electric motor can provide an additional 21 PS and 250 Nm. It then sends power to all-four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. A plug-in hybrid, a turbodiesel and other engines are expected to join the range later on.
New features on the 2019 GLE include the optional E-Active Body Control System. The system can adjust the air suspension's damper on each corner individually. It can also adjust the suspension according to the terrain to provide maximum grip. There's also a new Active Distance Assist Distronic which keeps track of LiveTraffic monitoring.
The GLE is set to make a public debut at the Paris Motor Show this October. Sales will begin in 2019.