2019 Mercedes GLE Detailed: More Tech, More Space, More Everything

Mercedes has released the full details of its all-new GLE, the new X5-rivalling premium SUV that can fit for the first time up to seven passengers.

With the previous GLE being on the market for so long, it’s no wonder that the new generation is significantly overhauled in every area. Highlights include the new 48-volt E-Active Body Control suspension, the MBUX multimedia system and the new electrified powertrain in the GLE 450 4Matic.

The latter is combining a straight-six petrol engine with the EQ Boost system, making it a mild hybrid with a set of rather impressive figures: 362hp (367PS) and 368lb-ft (500Nm) of torque, with an additional 21hp and 184lb-ft available from the EQ Boost over short periods.

Mercedes says that the electrified GLE 450 is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 5.7 seconds and of a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). A plug-in hybrid version will be added to the range on a later date. The rest of the US range includes the GLE 350 and GLE 350 4Matic, both powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo with 255hp and 273lb-ft of torque. And yes, there’s an AMG version, complete with a V8, coming.

The Euro-only diesel engine range includes the four-cylinder GLE 300d 4Matic, offering 241hp (245PS) and 368lb-ft (500Nm) of torque; the six-cylinder GLE 350d, with 268hp (272PS) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque; and the GLE 400d, with 325hp (330PS) and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque. The six-cylinder diesel models are the first SUVs in the world to comply with the Euro 6d emissions standards, which will become mandatory in 2020.

Working in conjunction with the new Airmatic air suspension, the E-Active Body Control controls the springs and dampers individually in order to counteract not only body roll but also pitching and squat. There’s even a special “Curve” function, which makes the new GLE lean into bends in order to eliminate most of the centrifugal force and further improve comfort levels.

But perhaps the biggest party trick of the new E-Active Body Control is its ability to help the GLE free itself if it gets stuck off-road; the system starts to automatically raise and lower the suspension several times, improving the ground pressure of the tires.  Αn SUV rocking itself free? That’s something we need to witness.

The interior features the twin-display setup with the latest MBUX infotainment system that debuted in the smaller A-Class, featuring a pair of 12.3-inch screens and the optional Interior Assist voice control system. The third row of seats is optional while luggage capacity is now up to 825 liters (29.1 cu ft) behind the second row.

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  • Ermal Morina

    interior game is on point

  • 9car4

    Exterior makes it look like a car from 2002.

    • Adi

      Show me a car that looked like this in 2002.

      • 9car4

        It’s hard to attach any specific car to my comment. What bothers me is the fact that the design feels ‘lazy’ compared to the previous generation. It doesn’t bring out any emotion. I think the reason why I compared it to 2002 is back then designs were often very simple.

        The front I can accept, I’ll give you that. But moving back all the way to the tail lights (especially the tail lights)…I don’t know. Something is missing. I also understand that not everyone will agree with me 🙂

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Perhaps it doesn’t bring any emotion for you … just you

          • 9car4

            Its possible! 🙂 No need to get all worked up andrew

          • Andrewthecarguy

            Worked up?
            Hmm.
            ok dude.
            Troll elsewhere 🙂

      • Merc1

        He can’t, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

        M

  • ErnieB

    Way nicer than the boring looking x5..

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This thing has been getting absolutely AMAZING reviews all over the world. Everyone is saying it is the new benchmark and has advanced the class. I agree.

  • Merc1

    It’s going to do big business for Mercedes. Now bring on the GLE53 and GLE63 please.

    M

  • MPAMPIS

    one more boring German

  • EL CHAPO

    2020 not 2019

  • fuller

    Why do we have 4 cyl GLE? they will probably not be cheap and not fun

  • Ronald Roman

    This is the 2020 GLE. At least in US.

  • erly5

    Hate to admit it, but this looks so much better than the previous Ssangyong-esque version despite the obvious design similarities.

  • Christian Wimmer

    I hate SUVs, but this thing is pretty sweet. It looks even better without the AMG Line body kit (in my opinion). The interior is gorgeous.

    I hated, absolutely hated the last generation ML/GLE. That car was boring and bland from day one.

    • exeptor

      Did you get your A class? Post some pics when delivered.

  • PK

    the 2 things like i about the new gle over the new x5 is that it’s taller and have the best interior!

  • Matthew Daraei

    I love the design both exterior and interior! Even that bull (cow, bison, or whatever) loves it and gives the car a kiss! Well done Mercedes Benz!

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