The German engineers have combined the company’s biturbo 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine with the model’s 48-volt electrical architecture and an integrated starter generator which eliminates the need for a belt drive for the ancillary components at the front of the engine, making it slimmer and easier to package.
The output figures have been set at 483hp and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque – but if that’s not enough, the driver can benefit from the extra 21hp and 181lb-ft (245Nm) of torque offered via the EQ Boost function over short periods.
Power goes to all four wheels via the Merc’s latest and fully variable 4Matic system, while the trick new E-Active Body Control suspension makes bold promises for every type of terrain.
As with every new GLE, the new member of the range also benefits from the impressive dual 12.3-inch touchscreen displays with intelligent voice control and augmented reality video for navigation. Other features include Active Stop-and-Go Assist and -for the first time in a GLE- an (optional) third row of seats.
Mercedes hasn’t announced yet any performance or efficiency figures, but did announce the pricing details of the new GLE 580, which starts from $77,795 (including a $995 destination and delivery charge), featuring the AMG Line exterior package, Airmatic air suspension with adaptive damping, leather upholstery and optional 22-inch alloy wheels.
Sales of the new Mercedes GLE 580 in the US market will start in late 2019.