2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Is Here With More Space, New Tech And Looks

After a drawn-out teaser campaign and a comprehensive development cycle, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE has officially premiered prior to the Paris Auto Show in early October.

With one quick glimpse of the new GLE, it is easy to notice the differences between it and the outgoing model. Mercedes-Benz says the SUV’s design is “based on the harmonious interaction between emotion and intelligence” and is “characterized by timeless beauty, a combination of high-grade technology and craftsmanship and reduction to what is really important.”

While we think some of that wording is a little strong, there’s no doubt this is an altogether better-looking package than the GLE this new model replaces.

At the front, Mercedes-Benz has incorporated a set of more appealing headlights as well as a redesigned grille and faux air intakes. Elsewhere, new wheels, available in sizes between 18- and 22-inches have been designed while an evocative C-pillar helps to transform the vehicle’s rear half. Completing the design are slim taillights.

Mercedes-Benz has also worked extensively on updating and improving the GLE’s interior. To do so, the vehicle’s wheelbase has been extended by 80 mm, allowing for an additional 69 mm of legroom in the second row and an additional 33 mm of headroom. Luggage capacity has increased to 825 liters (217 U.S. gallons) behind the rear seats and a huge 2055 liters (542 U.S. gallons) when the second row is folded down.

Like the A-Class, the new GLE also uses the latest-generation of MBUX, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system that consists of two large 12.3-inch screens as standard.

In terms of engines, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will initially be sold exclusively with the marque’s in-line six-cylinder engine, displacing 3.0-liters and in GLE 450 4MATIC guise. However, various diesel models and a plug-in hybrid are just around the corner, including some four-cylinder engines.

As we expected, the GLE 450 4MATIC pairs its 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 48-volt technology and delivers 367 hp and 358 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The EQ Boost function adds an extra 22 hp and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) for short bursts of additional grunt.

All 2019 GLE variants will use a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that incorporates a transfer case with an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch. This will allow for a variable transfer of torque between the axles, a feature which will be especially useful during off-roading.

The German automaker has outfitted the new GLE with the latest generation of its driving assistance systems. These include Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Distance Assist, Active Brake Assist, and Active Blind Sport Assist with exit warning. Additionally, Trailer Manoeuvring Assist will be optional for GLE models sold throughout Europe and operates by controlling the steering angle of the towing vehicle at low speeds of up to 5 km/h.

One final update enjoyed by the new GLE is E-Active Body Control. This system uses the 48-volt system alongside newly-developed air suspension which means spring and damping forces can be individually controlled at each wheel. This reduces body roll, pitching, and squat.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE range will reach dealers in the U.S. and Europe in early 2019 and in spring 2019 in China. It will be manufactured in Alabama.


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  • Hitchens2

    That’s a nice 2013 Chevy Equinox

    • :/ Yurr


    • Andrewthecarguy

      Oh men, I did not see it until you said it.

      • Mike Sinyaboot

        Agreed, although I think it will look pretty good in AMG spec. The new X5 does look better though..on the outside at least. I like this interior a bit more than the new X5 even though the X5s new interior is pretty nice.

    • ssovm

      What, because they’re both SUVs? I swear, people on the internet saying “[New luxury model] looks like a [Old, inexpensive volume model]!” as a way to insult the design of new vehicles is way tired out, not to mention flat out wrong. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63164a681f62bfb153719cac68b1621704d4dbb924fcc73fbaa3a12953de0b42.jpg

      • Hitchens2

        Good job. Yes the front end looks different, but there is a clear similarity in the profile of the two cars. Not a Mercedes hater, have owned many, but this one ain’t it

  • Leconte Dave


  • Craig

    Is that a fake, dust and dirt collecting air vent on the dash? [just to the right of the gauge cluster]


      • Craig


    • Jason Panamera

      It’s just diamond powder and white gold, pff.

      • Craig

        NOW it looks beautiful!! haha

    • Knotmyrealname

      Looks like it.

  • Nordschleife

    I personally think it looks good. I think this is better than if not on par with the second generation. I still get bulldog faced vibes from the front end but I am giving it a ??.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Mercedes design has been on a decline ever since the reveal of the new CLS. The designs imo have become lazy and tasteless, both in and out. Just look at those blatant fake front intakes! What is happening with BMW, Mercedes and Audi lately. Is this just me??

    • Christian Wimmer

      I hated the new CLS and the new A-Class when I saw the press photos.

      Then I saw them in person.

      I‘ll be an A250 AMG Line owner in November.

      • exeptor

        I have to agree with you. These two cars a miles better in person.

      • Nordschleife

        I actually liked them in photos. I guess I am fool.

        • exeptor

          Absolutely not!

  • PK

    Mercedes Benz and BMW are competing of which one makes the ugliest SUVs!

    • PK

      but on the side note. the interior is perfect! <3

      • Dennis James

        With that glued-on tablet having more bezel than actual screen ? I’m not sure what you are referring to.

        • PK

          i like the dual screen. if that’s your problem then that’s on you.

    • Belthronding

      ..and the ugliest suv oscar goes to audi q7!

      • Nordschleife


      • exeptor

        The new X5 (especially the rear) is by far the most disappointing one in this group.

        • Belthronding

          rear end does not look like a bmw,i agree with you.
          but still it is better than previous gen,man it was eye bleeding ugly,that’s why even bmw did not facelift it and take it out after few years.

  • Rocket

    I think the exterior design is a significant improvement. I never loved the slanted C-pillar, but it’s distinctive and inoffensive, so it’s hard to fault the decision to carry it over. I won’t say the same for the giant tablet that appears to be partially blocking the vents, however. Something out of the Crutchfield catalog would look better integrated. I’m sure the graphics are stellar, but come on, Benz!

  • TheBelltower

    Looks pretty much as expected. Though with the interior, how much airflow does Mercedes think passengers need? Couldn’t they have minimized the air vent design to make it look a lot more elegant? Not only are the air vents (and disco lighting) ugly AF, their are air-vent-looking slats next to the video display that are presumably non-functional. Just so many ugly vents.

    • Nordschleife

      They could’ve but then you would have so many people whining about how especially glued on the instruments looked. They can’t win them all.

    • ssovm

      Those aren’t vents and they aren’t meant to even look functional. Check your eyes man.

      • TheBelltower

        What are you talking about? What are they?

  • no25

    the grille looks like someone with unsteady hands tried to draw an oval.

  • Belthronding

    that looks absolutely much better than i expected. sure it’s a improvement over previous generation,especially interior feels really modern.

  • MarkoS

    Not offensive, but its like I am seeing the last generation holding it breath. Its time for some New and Unique designs for the SUVs.


    • Finkployd

      jesus, y’all got ocd or something ?


  • Elpatore

    A lot of this thing feels fake, a LOT. shame…

  • roy

    Looks better than my initial impression. Nothing ground breaking. But seriously first fake exhausts and now ac vents? What’s next? Fake car?

  • Dennis Scipio

    That looks okay.

  • Jason Panamera

    About the outside, I think that people have to get to used to new design language but dunno why Benz did that ugly CLS ass and nice back in GLE with so similar tailights. On the other side interior is really nice. Seems really upsale for me but hope it won’t suffer from being choosen as lowest trim/package.

  • vas

    The new VW Touareg looks a lot better, inside – out !!

    • Finkployd

      ouch – I might agree with you

    • exeptor

      Probably right.

    • Jason Panamera

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But some people say that VW shoot itself in a foot with new Tuareg because in terms of comfort and tech isn’t worse than Q7. So now, I am waiting for a new Phaeton.

    • Rot

      Touareg front is a chinese shit


    And this newest Mercedes Benz desing for 2020MY???
    Looks like from 2008, not from 2018. Interior exept for big screens looks taken directly from 2006 ML/GL, design queues and materials like fake leather looks the same….

  • Knotmyrealname

    As a designer once told me, “NEVER put a grille higher than the headlights”.

    • Matt

      Well that’s every Rolls-Royce then…

    • NupeSquare7

      I agree… .I felt that same way about the old Infiniti QX80…. Once they figured that out it looked much better! As for this new GLE certain aspects I like but some seem as an afterthought.

  • Hans_Remore

    plastic cladding on a 60k+ car.

    • Matt

      Yes, which will be practical for some owners. If you don’t like it you get another trim level.

  • Christian Wimmer

    A huge improvement over the old model, inside and out.

    I neither like it nor hate as this class of vehicle does not interest me.

  • I’d say the design is Mickey Mouse meets Pokemon.

  • donald seymour

    I actually like this model. I can really see my self in it.

  • Vottek Mäxle

    There is not a single new Mercedes model where I like the rear light design. I don’t know why. Otherwise the rest doesn’t look that bad.

  • Tinky-Winky

    The headlight design really disturbs me. i feel like the outer ends should be tilted more upwards or something like that.


    Not bad

  • erly5

    Disappointingly similar to the ugly previous iteration, but still better than I expected.

  • TrevP

    I’d buy one over an X5 or Q7….but really? A third row? They have the GLS for that. At least it’s not as pathetic as the Lexus RXL third row I guess

  • kDawg

    Best looking out of the Q7 and the new X5. I like that they went with wide 305 tires for the rear to compete with the X5 wide stance.

  • oh lord no, this ML aint great shakes at all.. 1st impression

  • El de Ngaan

    Oh wow this is really nice ???.

  • Raul

    This design will grow later on me like it just did on the new Santa Fe.

  • Ermal Morina

    well this looks good I guess,gotta admit not a big fan of the design overall,but gotta give credit for the interior.
    The interior imo looks superb.

  • Nordschleife

    Well my good man they have plenty of used cars with just the right of tech for whatever year you can stand.

  • Rot


  • Enter Ranting

    OK, at this point, Mercedes is clearly just trolling everyone with these GIANT fake grilles. “Based on the harmonious interaction between emotion and intelligence?” “Timeless beauty?” It’s clear that “what is really important” to Mercedes is faked aggression. The interior features a giant iPad (boring) and light piping right out of the Camaro parts bin. Who is designing this dreck?

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s all tech for tech’s sake, mandated by the marketing department.

  • Dennis James

    Very non-aggressive looking but quite elegant. You can see it’s made for soccer moms.

  • Harry_Wild

    Okay! I see it without the camouflage and it looks great! I thought it looked like the current model but this truly a more performance looking crossover! Very happy for Mercedes! It going be pricey I guessing maybe starting price in the U.S. $65K and with the necessary options packages $78K.

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