German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2018 GLE SUV ahead of its global debut at the upcoming 2018 Paris motor show in October. The SUV that sits between the GLC and flagship GLS models has been thoroughly updated in its latest avatar and boasts off loads of technologies.
In line with the new age Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the new GLE comes with a refreshing design update. The design theme has been inspired by the new A-Class and the new CLS-Class and hence, it features curvier body panels, rounded edges and a squat look. The angular headlamps and a prominent grille give the SUV more butch look while slim and sleek tail lamps extending into the tailgate add a modern touch at the rear.
What makes the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE special? We have compiled top 5 things you need to know about the latest avatar of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 rival.
1. Mercedes-Benz claims the new GLE is the most aerodynamic model in its segment with a drag coefficient of 0.29. The SUV is larger than before with 80mm increase in wheelbase to a total of 2,995mm. The increased wheelbase has liberated more legroom for the second row. Buyers can also choose the optional third row with two extra seats for the first time in GLE.
2. Mercedes-Benz has revealed two engine options for the GLE for now. The GLE 350 will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol which puts out 255PS and 370Nm while 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol will belt out 367PS and 500Nm. The petrol engine can be souped-up via an EQ Boost 48-volt integrated/starter system.
3. The GLE boasts of latest driving aids highlighted with the Active Distance Assist Distronic system. The system monitors live traffic if it detects stop-and-go traffic ahead. The system also slows down the GLE post 100kmph as a precaution.
4. 2019 GLE gets optional E-Active Body Control System which is more advanced than the Magic Body Control found on the S-class. The system uses a 48-volt electrical system to adjust the air suspension's dampers at each corner individually.
5. New GLE-Class gets the company's latest MBUX infotainment system that features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The interface supports conversational speech and information gathering via the Mercedes Me app.
Mercedes-Benz will start sales of new GLE in the European markets in early 2019. India launch of the SUV is expected in the second quarter of 2019.