2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE revealed in brand new York
The GLE was formerly known as the M-Class
Former M-Class receives a brand new name in addition to a host of upgrades, plus a brand new petrol-electric plug-in hybrid joins the mix
The brand new SUV – formerly known as the M-Class – will go on sale in September, competing from the same crowded market as various other top-end SUVs including the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne in addition to BMW X5.
Alongside revised styling in addition to brand new equipment, the GLE also ushers in a brand new era of hybrid SUVs for Mercedes-Benz.
The brand new GLE adopts many of the same styling cues as seen on the smaller GLE Coupé, revealed at the Los Angeles motor show last year, including the brand new Mercedes family front-end styling. The GLE gets a more boxy appearance than of which of its stylised sibling, however, in addition to includes roof rails in addition to dual exhausts integrated into the rear bumper. LED lights feature front in addition to rear.
Engine options include a 201bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel from the GLE 250d, which Mercedes says returns up to 52.3mpg along with CO2 emissions of 140g/km.
Also available is actually the GLE 350d, which is actually powered by is actually a 254bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. Producing 457lb ft of torque, the unit returns up to 44.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 169g/km. Mercedes says of which across the range, fuel consumption in addition to C02 emissions have increased by 17%.
Perhaps most significant is actually the brand new GLE500e 4Matic. Described as the first plug-in hybrid SUV in Mercedes-Benz’s history, the GLE500e 4Matic features a 328bhp, 354lb ft 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine working in conjunction with an individual electric motor, which produces an extra 114bhp.
The hybrid GLE produces 436bhp in addition to 479lb ft combined, in addition to can travel for around 18 miles on electric power alone at speeds of up to 80mph. Mercedes says the design can return up to 85.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 78g/km. Drive is actually sent to all four wheels through a transmission which is actually based on the older 7G-Tronic unit. All diesel GLE products, meanwhile, will come with Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Drivers can swap between four different driving modes from the GLE hybrid. E-Mode offers all-electric driving, while E-Save preserves the current state of charge. Charge mode focuses on topping up the battery, while Hybrid mode provides the best overall balance between the engine in addition to the electric motor.
The GLE hybrid can be charged either coming from a wall-mounted box charger or coming from a conventional power output. Charging coming from a wall box takes around two hours. The launch of the hybrid will help Mercedes to stay competitive against the likes of Porsche’s Cayenne S E-hybrid in addition to the Range Rover Hybrid.
Inside, Mercedes has given the GLE the same 7.0in free-standing infotainment screen already in use across its range. Also featuring is actually the firm’s touch-sensitive controller, mounted on the centre console.
While the GLE’s cabin will be familiar to current Mercedes-Benz owners, the company says there’s a wider choice of Indoor colours in addition to trim materials, which include wood in addition to carbonfibre.
The optional AMG Line specification grants extra Indoor luxury, including Artico leather upholstery in addition to a brand new leather multifunction sports steering wheel, while external surfaces modifications include reprofiled front in addition to rear bumpers in addition to large 20in alloys.
various other options include Mercedes’ Airmatic suspension in addition to the AMG Ride Control system, as well as numerous technology upgrade packages.
Also on display in brand new York is actually the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S, which produces 577bhp coming from its 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, along with 561lb ft. Mercedes says the high-performance SUV can reach 62mph in 4.2sec in addition to incorporates a limited top speed of 155mph. Fuel consumption is actually rated at just 23.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 278g/km.
Those performance figures mean the GLE63 S compares well with its chief rivals, BMW’s X5M in addition to X6M, which each get 564bhp coming from their twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol engines.
Unique styling features on the GLE63 S include a modified front bumper in addition to grille, 20in AMG alloy wheels – although optional 21-inch units are also available – in addition to chromed exhausts at the rear.
Formerly a best-selling design for Mercedes, the brand will have high hopes for the GLE in what has become a highly profitable market.
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