Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the latest version of its large SUV, the GLE. It’s the 4tth generation GLE, It was introduced in 1997 and originally called the Mercedes ML.
The new Mercedes Benz GLE comes with loads of interior with neat techs.–MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) now has gesture control, but interestingly not for the stereo. Gesture control on the GLE means you can call up a favorite activity, like navigate home, with just two fingers. The system can also differentiate between the driver’s and the passenger’s hand. Spotlights can also be turned on with a quick wave of the hand, while the passenger-side light comes on when you lean over to that side.
The new MBUX also got now voice assistant feature just like you say hey siri, or hey google.—“Hey, Mercedes,” and it comes to life – no yelling or robot speak for the highly advanced system to understand you. Ask the system to “turn the passenger temp to 70 degrees,” or “change the radio station to Watercolors,” and the virtual assistant executes the command flawlessly.
The GLE uses the car maker’s MHA (Modular High Architecture) platform. which is heavily related to the MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform that underpins the C-Class, E-Class andS-Class. However, the MHA has been created to ensure a high ground clearance for SUVs.
The SUV has more space than its predecessor, with a considerably longer wheelbase at 2,995mm, an increase of 80mm, which means second-row leg room is increased by 69mm to 1,045mm. The second row of seats are electronically, fully-adjustable and are controlled by a switch in the door panel. The GLE is also offered for the first time with the option of a third row, adding two extra seats.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain cranks out 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It is available with rear-wheel drive or the advanced Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive system that can offer more traction and control in challenging driving situations.
Other engine options in some international markets include an inline six-cylinder petrol engine and a 48V motor, the same unit as seen as in the new CLS, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel. All will use a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The GLE 450 4Matic will produce 367hp, with a further 22hp available for short periods via EQ Boost, which uses the 48V system. Information on the GLE 300d is not yet confirmed.
- Vehicle Stability Program
- Legroom (Front/Rear): 40.3/38.4 inches
- Cargo Volume: 38.2 cubic feet
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Driver Power Lumbar Support
- Heated front seats
- Automatic Climate Control
- 5 years of Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect smartphone-to-vehicle connections
- An 8-inch central display screen
- Hands-free Bluetooth interface with audio streaming capabilities
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
- Remote start via Mercedes me app
- 115-volt household power outlet
safety features includes
- Active Brake Assist,
- ATTENTION ASSIST,
- a rearview camera, and
- rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Other features like
- adaptive cruise control,
- lane keeping assistance, and
- blind-spot monitoring are also available
Price and availability
Mercedes has officially opened orders for the new GLE, with deliveries set to get under way in spring 2019. Prices start at £55,685 (~₹ 50 Lakh ) for the entry-level GLE 300d and £62,300 (~ ₹ 56 Lakh)for the petrol-engined GLE 450.