Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2019 GLE is now available to order in Germany, with a starting price of €65,807 ($75,021) for the base 300d 4Matic – or almost €6,000 less than the entry level version of its arch rival, the BMW X5 xDrive30d, which costs €71,100 ($80,974).
The GLE 300d 4Matic uses the brand’s 2.0-liter six-cylinder diesel, rated at 245 PS (242 hp / 180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. This version of the full-sized SUV consumes between 6.1 and 6.4 liters of diesel per 100 km (46.3-44.1 mpg UK / 38.6-36.8 mpg US) on average, and emits 169-161 g/km of CO2.
Opting for the GLE 450 4Matic requires spending at least €72,649.50 ($82,821). The mild-hybrid model is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 367 PS (362 hp / 270 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. An additional 22 PS (22 hp / 16 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque are available over short periods of time from the EQ Boost function. Its average fuel consumption is 8.3-9.4 l/100 km (34-30 mpg UK / 28.3-25 mpg US), and CO2 emissions are rated at 214-190 g/km.
A multitude of features are available for the all-new GLE, which, depending on the selected flavor of the SUV, can significantly increase its price. For example, the Off-Road Technology package, with reworked all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and off-road ABS €2,261 ($2,578) for the GLE 450, the trailer hitch adds another €1,142.40 ($1,302), and the Trailer Assist is €416.50 ($475).
The long options list includes stuff like the Energizing Package, Driving Assistance Package, Driving Assistance Package Plus, electrically-adjustable second row of seats, third-row, Multibeam LED headlights, Magic Vision Control, heated front windscreen and Burmester premium sound system.