The new AMG 53 Coupe may be the most exciting new GLE variant to launch at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show but another new model unveiled at the event is the GLE Plug-In Hybrid.
Officially dubbed the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de 4MATIC, the vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel and an electric motor receiving its juice from a 31.2 kWh battery pack. All up, the powertrain delivers 315 HP and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
The plug-in hybrid SUV sprints from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds and tops out at 130 mph (210 km/h). Of more importance, however, is the fact that the GLE Plug-In Hybrid can travel for up to 65.9 miles (106 km) on electric power alone in the New European Driving Cycle and 55.9-61.5 miles (90-99 km) under WLTP testing.
Visually, the GLE 350 de 4MATIC isn’t the most interesting GLE to look at, particularly when compared to the AMG-branded models. Up front you will find large fake air intakes below the grille as well as headlights with nicely-incorporated daytime running lights. Spin around to the rear and you will see angular taillights with unique graphics.
Apart from the PHEV, there’s an array of other exciting models in the GLE family, such as the 483 HP, electrified biturbo V8 GLE 580 and the aforementioned AMG 53. Soon, the range-topping GLE 63 and GLE 63 S Coupe will launch both fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivering up to 603 HP.