Mercedes-Benz reveals a classier and more tech-laden GLE

September 12, 2018

While Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are all the rage these days, it was the Mercedes-Benz M-Class that started it all for the premium SUV segment back in 1997. Since then, the category has grown, M-Class sales have hit some 2 million units worldwide, and the model itself has been renamed the GLE, in line with the marque’s nomenclature strategy. Now, a new-generation debuts with the reveal of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class.

A closer peek at the SUV’s flanks shows a familiar look that’s a bit more streamlined this time around. Moreover, Mercedes says that its midsize sport ute is also more slippery at 0.29 verus the previous iteration’s 0.32 coefficient of drag. What also quite obvious is that the vehicle has grown, allowing for more interior room—including an optional third row of seats.

That more spacious cabin also plays host to the now familiar high-tech yet still luxurious dash from Stuttgart. Two 12.3-inch screens now sit in front of the driver and center console. These house vital vehicle information and infotainment data. Apart from these, front passengers get an optional Energizing system that reacts to ocupaants’ changes in posture and adjusts the seats accordingly, providing a more comfortable ride.

This being a Merc, cutting-edge tech goodies naturally come as standard or optional extras. One is the E-Active Body Control system that adjusts the air suspension depending on road conditions.  While this may sound like it’s nothing new, take note that this one uses a 48-volt electrical motor to tweak each corner individually to provide a smoother ride, as well as improved cornering abilities.

Then there is the Active Distance Distronic that uses live traffic data to slow the vehicle down if it detects heavy traffic ahead. It can likewise help brake the GLE if gridlock comes to a complete standstill.

At launch, the only engine on offer will be a 3.0-liter inline-6 with 362hp and 500Nm of torque for the GLE 450 4Matic. This is paired with an electric motor that adds 21hp and 250Nm. The combo is hooked up to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will make its public debut at the Prais Motor Show and will go on sale in early 2019.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.